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Kia Ora OWNZ Members, 

WOW!  What a weekend the 2015 Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand Championships was! 

Below in the newsletter you will find a full re-cap of this event, an opportunity to have your say regarding our 2016 - 2020 Strategic Plan, a Drug Free Sport reminder, important information regarding selection for the 2016 Oceania's and much much more. 

Even though our biggest event if over for the year there is still lots going on in our sport so make sure you get involved in the club comps remaining in the year and have some fun!

The OWNZ Team

The 2015 OWNZ National Championships

Thank you for being part of our biggest event of the year, some amazing lifting from all athletes and a big shout out to those who set New Zealand records!

Thank you to the hosting clubs and other clubs from out of town who have provided equipment to help run a successful event.

We would also like to thank all officials and volunteers for supporting this event and volunteering your time over the weekend, especially to those who have travelled from out of town. 

Lastly, we would like to thank all of the lifters that have entered into this Championship event. We hope you enjoyed the weekend.

If you would like to give any feedback about the event please email

Event Results

To view the following results please click HERE
  • Individual Placings
  • Team Placings
  • Event Sinclair Rankings
  • Event Records Broken
  • Improvement Rankings compared to 2014's National Champs

Event Photos

Thank you to Stephen Fox and Cindy McMurtrie for capturing actions shots over the weekend!

For photos of sessions 1 - 5 please click here and for sessions 6 - 10 please click here.

Making history with over 300 National Records Broken in 2015!

The total tally of the year has now reached the highest ever with 309 showing the rise in ability of our competitive members! Congratulations to all those lifters who have contributed this year in achieving this massive total of records!! Below are our latest National record breakers:
  • Iassac Lawgun - Northland Olympic Weightlifting
  • Lee Attrill - Canterbury Strength Institure
  • David Liti - Netfit Training Room 
  • Charlotte Moss - Northsport Olympic Weightlifting
  • Odette Smith - Functional Strength Olympic
  • Nicole Sos - Independent 
  • Kelsea Elkington - Waikato Olympic Weightlifting
  • Kaeley Elkington - Wellington Weightlifting Association
  • Andrea Miller - Independent
  • Tracey Lambrechs - Northsport Olympic Weightlifting

Congratulations our Youth Team!

The 2015 Samoa Youth Commonwealth Games campaign has been an incredible experience for our athletes of the future. They have gained invaluable insight into travelling with a NZ multi sport team, what its like being in a high performance setting and making lifelong friends around the world.
The 5 athletes who travelled to Samoa have done us all proud. Not only have they succeeded in their chosen sport but they have all represented NZ and Olympic Weightlifting NZ with pride and passion.

We can't wait to see what these athletes can achieve in the future!
Please see below for details on each individual’s performance.
Vernon Taylor
Mens under 94kg category
Gold at the 2015 Samoa YCG
Kaeley Elkington
Womens under 63kg category
Silver at the 2015 Samoa YCG
Breaking 4 New Zealand records
Albi Anderson
Mens under 85kg category
Bronze at the 2015 Samoa YCG
Kanah Andrews-Nahu
Womens 69kg+ category
4th Place at the 2015 Samoa YCG
Breaking 3 New Zealand Records
Paige Lawgun
Womens under 53kg category
6th Place at the 2015 Samoa YCG

2016 Oceania Championships Qualifying Dates and Totals

The 2016 Oceania Championships are a key event on the 2016 International Calendar as they double as the Regional Qualifying event for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
As such the performance in team event for the Senior Men and Senior Women will determine if we are able to gain a nomination place for one male and one female.
Actual selection to the NZ Olympic Team is done by the NZ Olympic Committee.
In order to allow as much time as possible to prepare for the event the qualifying period and totals are being announced now. This will also allow the competition calendar to be set around the qualifying dates.  
Qualifying Dates:
Start on the 1st September 2015 and end on the 1st March 2016
Qualifying Totals:            
Senior: A Grade (Oceania ranking rather than NZ ranking will be a selection factor given the priority on team performance for Rio qualification)
Junior: C Grade   
Youth: E Grade
To see grading totals required please see our International Qualification Standards page on our website. Click here to visit this page. 
More information is to follow around funding and a training camp. We expect the Senior team and Support Staff to receive a significant level of funding to attend the event and a pre-event training camp.
While there will be a heavy focus on the Seniors we expect to send full Junior and Youth teams and are aiming to win team titles in these age categories.
Given the timing of the event it is essential that athletes aiming to make the team plan around these dates especially the end date. If you are going to have a break over Christmas & New Years make sure it is a short one.
John Moss
High Performance Manager    

The 2015 IWF World Championships 

Good luck to our three athletes attending the 2015 IWF World Championships in Houston, USA. 

Ianne, Tracey & Andrea along with our two NZ coaches Adam & Tina, fly over in November. We wish you all the best in your preparations and we are backing you 100%! 

If you want to check out an awesome write up and video footage of Tracey Lambrechs then click this link here. Great work Tracey!

2015 Masters Nationals

For all the information regarding this event please see the event page on our website HERE.

Good luck to all of the lifters competing down in Queenstown at this event!


Feedback Opportunity

Please click the survey link here to provide us with your feedback regarding our 2016 - 2020 OWNZ Strategic Plan.

Your thoughts on this topic are important to our organisation so please have your say and complete the survey by Friday 30th October.


2015 Annual General Meeting 

Thank you to the OWNZ members that attended the AGM this year. The meeting minutes will be posted on the website soon

 OWNZ Treasurer position

OWNZ will be appointing a new Treasurer before the end of the year. 

Expressions of interest for this position are to be sent to

Anti-Doping Rule Violation 2.10
Prohibited Association

After a recent international situation, OWNZ would like to remind all of our members about the Drug Free Sport NZ Anti-Doping Rule Violation 2.10 - Prohibited Association. 

Any OWNZ member must not work with coaches, trainers, or any other athlete support personnel who are ineligible on account of an Anti-Doping Rule violation or have been convicted of doping. Some examples of types of association are training, strategy, technique, nutrition/medical advice, therapy, treatment or prescriptions or allowing the ineligible person to serve as a representative. 

The other association relevant to our membership is that an OWNZ member cannot compete in any competition in which an ineligible athlete or personnel is competing or associated. For example, in a non-sanctioned weightlifting meet or "fitness" competition.  

For specific details on this violation please see this link here.

See you on the platform!

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