The cold weather did not deter over 130 master’s athletes from Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, USA, Canada and Japan who contested the 2016 Olitek Australian & Oceania Masters Championships, incorporating the inaugural Pacific Rim Tournament in Hobart, Tasmania.

Though the mercury barely reaching ten degrees Celsius, it didn’t stop the masters from lifting some hot weights. A youthful Chris Holt, who turns 80 this year, set the standard from the get go with a strong 48kg snatch, and a powerful 65kg clean and jerk.

Craig Blythman lifted a very respectable 237kg total in the men’s 77kg 45-49 age category to secure the Male Champion of Champions by six SMF points over Victorian compatriot Chris Holt. The battle was close for the Female Champion of Champions with local lady Nicolette Dunstone taking out the honours, with several other women within fifteen SMF points of Dunstone.

The age group winners were shared across all states:
  • 35-44: Musa Kamara (NSW) & Stacy Wagman (NT)
  • 45-54: Craig Blythman (VIC) & Sharon McCauley (SA)
  • 55-64: Russell Kapper (TAS) & Nicolette Dunstone (TAS)
  • 65+: Chris Holt (VIC) & Valerie Silver (QLD)
The Victorian Men and the Queensland Women were both successful in retaining the team trophies with other states chasing hot on their heels The final team placings were:
  • Men’s Team Placings: VIC – TAS - QLD – ACT – NSW – SA - NT
  • Women’s Team Placings: QLD – VIC – NSW – TAS – SA – NT – ACT
The AWF Board wishes to acknowledge the ongoing and generous support received from our Sponsor – OLITEK.

Olitek the family owned engineering business of Deb, Steve and James Oliver has been backing the AWF and the Masters Movement since 2011 during which time we have witnessed an upsurge in Masters popularity and competition numbers especially in the 35-44 years age group which augers well for the future of Masters weightlifting and the health of our members engaged in life-long physical activity.

We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Paul Coffa and the Oceania Weightlifting Federation for their ongoing support of the Masters movement within the Oceania region, and allowing the AWF, through Weightlifting Tasmania, to host the Oceania Masters Championships which had record breaking entry numbers in 2016.

Many thanks also to Leo Isaac, Competition Director, Weightlifting Tasmania President, Kirsty Bartlett Clark and the band of volunteer helpers whose efforts ensured the success of the event.