Heavy lifters pull their weight at bench press meet


Weightlifters Nang Nguyen and Monica Cook.
Weightlifters Nang Nguyen and Monica Cook.

Heavy lifters will converge at the beachside amphitheatre to vie for the top title in their category at the bench press competition.

Men and women will compete; more than three competitors are expected to lift more than 200kg.

Monica Cook, who has been competing for 20 years, is back after missing last year’s competition, to reclaim her title.

“I missed last year’s competition because I was on holiday, but I want my title back,” Cook said. “I have been training harder.”

Recovering from a shoulder injury, Nang Nguyen is keen to further his success in the sport.

“The last three years have been really successful, but this year I pushed my body to the limit and ended up injuring my shoulder so I missed a competition in Rio this year,” Nguyen said.

The competition begins at 4pm on Saturday, March 26.