That’s another one in the books for the Australian fitness industry’s biggest weekend of the year at the Arnold Sports Festival 2019 in Melbourne. The biggest highlights (apart from rubbing shoulders with the man himself Arnold Schwarzenegger) was to see so many Perth athletes completely dominate across the festival.
With over 10 champions, 5 powerlifting records (in one lift) and 3 new IFBB Pro Cards brought back home to Perth… here are our champions:
1) Sinead Brewer
Women’s Fitness Overall Champion
IFBB Pro Card Winner
Sinead was our first Pro Card winner over the weekend, taking out the Women’s Fitness category with an amazingly athletic routine.
2) Nicole Tan
Women’s Bikini Overall Champion
IFBB Pro Card Winner
After winning the Overall Champion here in Perth at the Josh Lenartowicz Classic, Nicole went on to not only win her division but the Overall Bikini Champion at the Arnold Sports Festival.
3) Reza Smith
Men’s Classic Physique Overall
IFBB Pro Card Winner
Reza went up against Australian Bodybuilding legend Nick Jones to take out his category and later go on to win the Men’s Classic Physique Overall and secure his Pro Card along the way. Reza is fresh out of juniors and has a solid future ahead alongside current Perth Classic Physique Pro Paulie Vu.
4) James Newcombe
Men’s Bodybuilding Under 90’s Champion
After a dominating performance here in Perth, James went on to improve his conditioning and take out the under 90’s category in convincing fashion. Holding his own in the Overall against Australia’s newest Pro, Jake Nikolopoulos, James is next in line to earning his Pro Card in the coming years.
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Very proud of my achievements on the weekend. Not specifically a medal or my title.. those are a bonus. But proud of my physique and the overall outcome of my prep. Yes, I made some good progress from last year but I strengthened who I am as a person more than anything. Taking away what I can. There is ALWAYS a reason and point to take home from all wins and losses. Thank you @ifbbproleagueoz for running another amazing Arnolds Classic Aus. It got even better since last year, and I would 100% do it again in 12months time! Special mention to the @protanaustraliaofficial1 team, your group of tanners are exceptional. Congratulations to ALL competitors who got on stage. Your physique will always talk for you and time will always tell you what’s next. Now for us all to go back to the drawing board and progress some more. Spend more time where it’s needed in life and on physique. Rest and recover. ✌🏼❤️
4) Dylan Hellriegel
ProRaw Powerlifting XI Champion
The giant from the West, Dylan Hellriegel broke five powerlifting records at the meet including:
- The first person to squat 1000lbs and deadlift 900lbs at the same event.
- The 9th highest total of all time.
- The biggest junior total of all time.
- The biggest junior squat of all time.
- The Australian deadlift record.
Whilst becoming the champion of the ProRaw XI and well on the way to becoming the GOAT.
5) Ngarimu Ahipene
Arnold’s Strongman Under 90’s Champion
Coming from a Crossfit Games athlete to Strongman competitor, Ngarimu can now call himself Australia’s Strongest Man under 90kgs.
6) Matt Lynch Blanch
Arnold’s Strongman Heavyweight Champion
As seen in our Road to Arnold’s trailer, Matt Lynch Blanch has now been crowned Australia’s Strongest Man and earned himself a spot in the Pros to compete amongst the strongest men in the World.
7) Tracey Gunn
Gold One Arm Long Cycle
Our Perth Kettlebell team represented by taking home five gold medals across the different events with the athletes receiving an invitation to compete on the World stage.
8) Marilyn Tuna
Gold Two-Arm Long Cycle
Gold One Arm Long Cycle 1/2 Marathon
9) Tracey Walker
Gold One Arm Long Cycle 12kg
10) Amanda Dickson
Gold One Arm Long Cycle 16kg
11) Joanna Littlewood Johnson
Winner Open Pole Championships
12) Brenda Will and Cassie Lethlean
Winners Couple Pole Championships
Pole Dancing duo, Brenda and Cassie took home the gold for the Couple’s division at the Pole Championships earning them a spot to the Worlds.
Congratulations to all our Perth athletes who represented WA so well at the Arnold Sports Festival, you guys should all be proud.