Notices and News

The OWF have advised that an on-line coaching seminar will be available on Saturday 19 September, at 4.00pm local time.

The coach will be Lyn Jones (AUS). Select Read More and ATTEND

Megan Signal has been appointed as one of ten athletes from around the world to represent athletes at the IWF

Nominations were received from 30 countries for the 10 positions. The Athletes Commission will play a large part in the governance reform currently being undertaken within the IWF.

OWNZ congratulates Megan, and wish her all the best for this important and significant role.

The IWF announcement is attached. IWF ATHLETES COMMISSION

At this stage, the NZ Masters Championship WILL proceed in Auckland – same date, different venue. The event will now be hosted by Functional Strength Olympic.

Should the COVID situation result in a change upward from Level 2, or regional restrictions be re-imposed, the event will be re-evaluated.

Airlines are still providing credits if flights are cancelled.

Following the call for nominations for the 3 vacant positions coming due at this year’s AGM, OWNZ is pleased to confirm the following;

North Island Delegate; Ray Everest (elected unopposed)
South Island Delegate; Declan Ward (elected unopposed
Vice President; Stephanie Symynuk (elected unopposed)

These results will be formally confirmed at this Sunday’s AGM.

Some background information on the new EG members is attached FYI.

Congratulations to all.



As you will be aware there has been a change in COVID-19 alert levels across the country with Auckland currently being in Alert Level 3 while the remainder of the country is in Alert Level 2.

The Secondary School Champs are scheduled for 29th August however with the change in alert levels we are going to postpone this event in Auckland until Sunday 27th September to allow adequate time to train and prepare. 

We are hopeful that Auckland will be back down to Level 1 by this time, however, should Auckland remain in Alert Level 2 we are preparing a plan to enable us to hold the competition under Alert Level 2 restrictions. There may be additional health and safety protocols that you will be obligated to follow as an event participant but these will be communicated well in advance. 

If you are unable to compete on the new date or would like to pull out of the competition, we are happy to offer a full refund. If you would like to request a refund please contact: .

We will update you when we receive any new information but remain positive that we will be able to hold a competition for our Auckland based secondary school lifters. 

A reminder that the OWNZ AGM is scheduled for 4pm. Sunday 30 August via Zoom.

Invitations to attend will be sent to the e-mail addresses provided by all members who are eligible to vote closer to the meeting.

The deadline for receiving items of business and any changes to the Constitution has been reached. No items of business have been notified, and the only amendments to the Constitution are from the Executive Group and are attched for your consideration. NB: A rationale for the proposed changes have been included in the attached document, but if there are any questions on these please feel free to contact me.

An agenda for the meeting will be posted shortly, along with any reports received.

A further reminder that nominations for the Vice President, North Island delegate, and South Island delegates are due by 5pm 20 August.

This information has also been posted on OWNZ social media and e-mailed to all affiliated clubs. CLICK HERE for remits for Constitution wording changes.

Some impressive lifting from the NZL team has resulted in them taking a lead on aggregate score in the second round of the OWF League.

Round 3 has NZL take on 4th place Nauru early September. Congrats to the lifters who took part in Round 2.

Results can be found here; RESULTS

Congratulations to all OWNZ members who entered this event, including our podium acheiving athletes Megan Gifford (1st -76kg), Kanah Andrews-Nahu (2nd -87kg), Danica Hampton (3rd 87+kg), and David Liti (3rd 109+kg).

Full results can be found by selecting “Read More” and “Results” RESULTS