Port Moresby’s Powerlifting invitational was held at the Badili Police station parade grounds, with Pacific Games gold medallists Vagi Henry and Anderson Mangela being the event’s main drawcards.
This is the second powerlifting competition held in Port Moresby and was proudly sponsored by KK Kingston Limited and supported by the PNG-Australian Federal Police in collaboration with Papua New Guinea Royal Constabulary. The tournament drew more than a hundred spectators from all over Badili, Sabama and other parts of the NCDC.
Winners were announced when the competition ended with a total of K4, 000 cash prizes was given away to the winners in different weight classes. Out of the three categories of Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift, 18 winners were male and 14 were females totalling 32 winners altogether. Vagi Henry from the male division lifted the heaviest weight totalling up to 820kg whilst Sandy David from the female division lifted 430kg in total.
KK Kingston CEO Michael Kingston said he was very happy that the number of participants had increased in the second event. “We have a lot of experienced athletes like Linda, Livingstone and Vagi Henry and they have so much knowledge and experience, but it is sad to see that this has not passed down to the younger generation. Therefore, we decided to set up a National Calender of meets, two in Lae and two in Port Moresby to create a regular competition for some of the athletes who can train towards,” he added.
The company is looking forward to host more events in the coming years in Lae and Port Moresby and eventually moving onto other centres like Mt. Hagen and Kokopo.
IMAGE CAPTION: PNG Champ Sandy David on her first attempt squat for 160kg, David took the first place in the women’s division in the weight class of 120+ kg