THREE local athletes have taken out top prizes in an international powerlifting competition over the weekend.
Ormiston Private Health Club athletes Peter Church, Simon Knechtli and Kev Rogers competed in the Anzac International on the Gold Coast, winning six medals between them and helping the Australian team to a competition win.
Church won deadlift and earned a bronze medal in bench press, competing in the 82.5kg weight class.
Knechtli won gold in bench press and silver in deadlift, while Rogers came second in bench press and third in deadlift.
Both competed in the welterweight class.
Rogers, who was a world-ranked wrestler in his 20s, said consistency was the key to any sport.
He said the trio trained two to three days per week with ancillary exercises, cardio and stretching.
Church, Knechtli and Rogers will now take a week's rest before starting to train for the Australian Powerlifting League state titles in June.
All three athletes will be out to break national records.
Rogers said in his 26th year of coaching and competing in powerlifting, he was enjoying it more than ever.
"Powerlifting gives me a true reason to try and stay lean and strong," he said.
Since transitioning from wrestling, Rogers has won two powerlifting world titles and set eight world records.
Rogers will also be preparing for Ormiston Private Health Club to host Powerlifting Australia's Schools National Bench Press Championships in mid-September.
Ormiston Private Health Club is located at Ormiston College.
For more information visit ophc.com.au.
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