Ormiston Private Health Club powerlifters break records at nationals

HEAVY LIFTERS: Ormiston Private Health Club athletes Kevin Rogers, Georgia Wruck, Peter Church, Cody Miller, Anderson Janes and Simon Knechtli.
HEAVY LIFTERS: Ormiston Private Health Club athletes Kevin Rogers, Georgia Wruck, Peter Church, Cody Miller, Anderson Janes and Simon Knechtli.

REDLANDS powerlifters have shown their strength on a national level, coming away from their most recent competition with several podium finishes and broken records.

Three members of Ormiston Private Health Club's powerlifting team competed in Ashmore at the Australian Powerlifting League's Drug Tested National Championships on the weekend.

Tristan Huggard won the bench press junior division in the 90 kilogram class, achieving a competition personal best.

Peter Church - the defending 82.5 kilogram national champion - moved up to the 90 kilogram class and won the Masters and Open divisions in bench press and deadlift.

During his deadlift efforts, he set a new national record on his first attempt and broke it on his second. In his age group, Church now holds national deadlift records in two weight classes.

GREEN AND GOLD: The 2019 Australian powerlifting team.

GREEN AND GOLD: The 2019 Australian powerlifting team.

Heading up the team was coach Kevin Rogers, who was the previous national champion in the 67.5 kilogram class.

Having dropped back to the featherweight class, Rogers won the Open and Masters competitions in both bench press and deadlift.

He also set a new national Masters deadlift record.

Rogers said he was thrilled with the athletes' results.

"Our mantra for the last two months (has been) be, do, have - be the person that does the things needed to have what you want," he said.

Ormiston Private Health Club junior athletes will now prepare to contest the Australian Powerlifting Schools Bench Press Championships on home turf in mid-September.

Rogers will compete in the Ange Galanti Oceanic Bench Press Championships in Melbourne next month.

He will be gunning for a win in the featherweight class and is looking to set Council of Australian Powerlifting Organisations national bench press records.