Each year Eleiko and the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF) host an email tournament with numerous prizes up for grabs. This year, the tournament has been especially embraced, because it has allowed locked-down athletes to compete internationally from home.
The winner of each weight category took home an Eleiko barbell and collars, which is definitely a prize worth training for.
New Zealand and Australia really held their own, coming away with a few first place finishes and many more top three finishes.
Tara Pratt (F81kg, Aus), Eileen Cikamatana (F87kg, Aus) and Megan Gifford (F76kg, NZ) were among the twenty winners who will be receiving a barbell from Eleiko. Tara Pratt put up a PR performance 194kg total, which edged out Ana Maria Hoyos Corrales from Colombia.
As expected, Eileen crushed the rest of the field, totaling 14kg under her personal record. Her closest competitor was from across the ditch, Kanah Andrews-Nahu of NZ.
Another trans-Tasman battle was fought between Megan Gifford and Ebony Gorincu, but Megan managed to pull out a large 12kg win in the end, becoming the only Kiwi to take a top spot.
Other great finishes include the young Nancy Abouke (17 years old) from Nauru in the 71kg weight category, who finished third with 217kg, and Sarah Cochrane with 208kg out of Townsville, Australia.
There was a flurry of third places by the Aussies throughout the men’s category with Brandon Wakeling (73kg), Ryley Porter (81kg), Michael Lane (89kg) and David James (96kg) all taking strong third places overall.
Matty Lydement was 9kg behind first place with his 162/183 lifts from the weekend and, to round out the men’s category, David Liti out of Te Kauwhata, New Zealand, put on a good performance totalling 390kg for an equal second place.
Photo Credit to AWF