2017 Aussie Para Powerlifting Nationals

Hi everyone!

It’s been a while between posts, but don’t worry – I’ve been plugging away at the Bench-Press the whole time.

This last year I’ve been focusing on my education and career in diabetes education, and also dealing with some health issues, but it’s all coming together now – I’m healthy, strong and ready to put in a solid 6 months of training leading up to the Commonwealth Games in April 2018.

Two weeks ago we had the 2017 Australian National Para-Powerlifting Competition at the Gold Coast Sports and Leisure Centre, Nerang-Broadbeech road, Carrara, Queensland.

The competition was held in the newly developed stadium that will be hosting several different sports during the Comm Games period next year, and was kind of a test event to give the organisers a chance to set up and get an idea of how to plan for the big day – all powerlifting will take place on the 10th of April, so if you haven’t got tickets, you better get onto it!!!

I lifted in the under 73kg Womens weight class and had four attempts, with three successful lifts, finishing on a new Australian Record of 86kg. I placed first overall in the Women’s category – hooray!!

It was a busy competition, quite a few new lifters turned up, and its always nice to have more people involved. Crissy Ashcroft placed 2nd, and Kelly Cartwright made a great effort for her first Para-Powerlifting competition to place 3rd, making the switch from athletics where she has previously won Paralympic Gold! I think “all-rounder” is an understatement!!

Following my competition I was keen to watch the men compete, but I almost missed the whole lot due to spending almost 3 hours in a room with an extremely patient ASADA rep who had to wait for me to provide a sample… Apparently girls get stage-fright too 🙂

It was a great competition overall, thanks to the APC and Powerlifting Australia for running a smooth event. Also big thanks to Bill Nancarrow and everyone who helped set up and pack up for the event. Looking forward to having Bill as my team leader at the ‘Games next year.

Thanks to everyone for their support, especially my husband Harley Gray, who did a fantastic job coaching me on the day so I didn’t need to think – just lift!!!


Posted on November 5, 2017, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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