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JULY 2016 
Kia-Ora OWNZ Members, 


June has been busy with some exciting news!!

Make sure you have a thorough read so that you don't miss any important updates and event details! 

As always, if you have any questions then please contact the team at

The OWNZ Team

Lambrechs & Patterson selected for Rio!!

OWNZ would like to acknowledge the efforts of both athletes in recent years and having two Olympic selections signals a great step forward for our sport!! 

Facts of NZ weightlifting at the Olympic Games:
  • It has been 16 years since NZ last selected a male AND a female weightlifter for an Olympic Games
  • Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was the only other time this has occurred with Nigel Avery & Olivia Baker competing for NZ weightlifting 
  • The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games was also the first time women's weightlifting was introduced to the Olympic Programme
  • Richie Patterson, along with the great Don Oliver, are the only NZ weightlifters to be selected for three Olympic Games

NZ Olympic Team - Supporters Range 
The NZOC have released the officials supporters range for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. To view the garments and designs click HERE!

Congratulations to this months National Record Breakers!

  • Ietitaia Taulealo (Otara Barbell Club)
  • Danny Nemani (Otara Barbell Club)
  • Cam McTaggart (Functional Strength Olympic)
  • David Liti (Strength HQ)
  • Nicolette Crews (Otara Barbell Club)
  • Odette Smith (Functional Strength Olympic)
  • Nicole Kumerich (Northsport)
  • Mihi Nemani (Otara Barbell Club)
  • Marion Troon (Southland Olympic Weightlifting)
  • Debbie Downing (CFAK Barbell Club)
  • Lynn Mayes (Functional Strength Olympic)
  • Sienna Fesolai (East Auckland Barbell Club)
  • Ashleigh Jones (Independent)

2016 South Island Champs

The session schedule and start lists have been released. Click HERE to view. 

We can't wait to see you all down in Dunedin for this national championship event! 

2016 North Island Champs

Entries closed on the 4th July. Session schedules and start lists have been released! 

Stay up to date at our event page HERE!

2016 National Masters Championships

We are honoured to have Functional Strength Olympic host this National Championship event from the 9th - 11th September. 

Entries are now open. For all the information you need please click HERE!

Entries close on the 1st of August. 

2016 Secondary School National Championships

Entries are now open!

Auckland - Saturday 27th August
Dunedin - Saturday 3rd September
Wellington - Sunday 4th September

Rules and regulations of this event MUST be read carefully. These and the entry forms can be found on our website HERE.

Entries close on Friday 12th August. 

2016 Senior & Junior National Championships

We are proud to have Olympic Weightlifting Auckland host this event on the 14th - 16th October. 

Entries have been opened but remember you must qualify in a club competition first!!
For all the information you need please click HERE!

Congrats to our Junior Worlds athletes!

  • Anthony Taylor (69kg) 14th Place
  • Cam McTaggart (77kg) 19th Place
  • Vernon Taylor (105kg) 14th Place
  • David Liti (105kg+) 9th Place
Round 5 Results (June):

1st - Otara Barbell Club
2nd - Otago Weightlifting
3rd - Bay of Plenty Barbell Club

1st - Andy Barakauskas
2nd - Ethan Hawken
3rd - Stefan Hefer

1st - Emma Wright
2nd - Hayley Whiting
3rd - Louise Kelly

Treat yourself to some new Rehband Knee Sleeves from Industrial Athletic.... Click HERE to purchase yours now!

See you on the platform!

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