GPC Australia SA State Titles 2014

The Fiasco Sports crew headed down to Fuzzy’s Power Gym on Sunday 23 March for the highly anticipated GPC Australia SA State Titles

 

 

Who would have thought a day of squatting, bench pressing and deadlifting could provoke such motivation, camaraderie and support amongst competitors and spectators.

 

Fuzzy’s Power Gym in Welland hosted the Global Powerlifting Committee (GPC) Australian SA State Titles on Sunday with an amazing turnout.

 

Firas El Achkar – more affectionately known as ‘Fuzzy’ – presented a world-class event with four judges/scorers from GPC, 13 competitors and 120 spectators.

 

South Australia certainly proved to be a talent pool of powerlifting machines. When you include Firas and Yolandie Weir (South Australians who competed in the Victorian Titles), seven South Australian lifters ranked top five in their respective weight classes.

 

Beating the hell out of stereotypes, more females competed than males – 8:5 if you want to be exact. All we have to say is: #shesquatsbro

 

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There were some absolute standout performances on the day. These were Fiasco Sports’ top three:

 

Kristos Papanotis

 

With so many credits to his name, 19-year-old Kristos was the day’s highly anticipated competitor and he did not disappoint.

 

In the 67.5kg weight class, Kristos’ 245kg squat was the biggest by any lifter including the 75kg weight class. His 265kg deadlift, just under four times his body weight, was another open record.

 

Kristos attempted a world-record breaking 257.5kg squat that was unfortunately red flagged – something to look forward to at Nationals though.

 

His 632.5kg total ranks 10th all time in the world!

 

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Stella Ferreira

 

Stella smashed the biggest female total in GPC history by more than 22.5kgs – and she didn’t even look like she broke a sweat.

 

Her effortless 182.5kg squat was one of the biggest highlights of the day.

 

Both Kristos and Stella have earned themselves invites to the ProRawSix competition in November.

 

 

Rachael Mountford

 

Rachel was the underdog who took home first place.

 

With a 355kg total, Rachel is now ranked 2nd in Australia for the 67kg weight class.

 

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Winners:

 

Female

  1. Rachael Mountford 355kg@65kg
  2. Stella Ferreira 445kg@SHW
  3. Jac Attack 295kg@60kg

 

Male

  1. Kristos Papanotis 632.5kg@67.5kg
  2. Alex Powell 535kg@75kg
  3. Francisco Dullona 410kg@67.5kg

 

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View the full scorecard here.

 

Check out Fiasco Sports TV to see us hanging out with Firas and Kristos in the lead up to the SA State Titles.

 

GPC Australia Nationals will be in the Gold Coast on 5th – 8th June 2014.

 

Written by Chloe Bouras @chloebouras

 

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