Powerlifting Pair Selected for Gold Coast
Powerlifting | Published:
Wed 7 March 2018
will have two representatives in Australia’s Powerlifting section at
the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games after Ben Wright and Nang Nguyen secured
selection in the five-member squad this morning.
Coast represents a second Commonwealth Games for 30 year-old Ben Wright – who
made his debut along with the sport as a Commonwealth event – back in Glasgow
High Wycombe resident finished 10th on debut but with the added
international experience gained at World Championship level in the four years
since, Wright will look to move up the leader board when he returns to
Commonwealth competition on the Gold Coast.
was born in Vietnam but moved to Australia with his father at a young age and
now lives in Mandurah.
33 year-old confirmed his berth for the Commonwealth Games at last year’s
Powerlifting World Championships in Mexico where he was the top Oceania
performer in his weight class.
is similar to a bench-press, with competitors required to lower the bar onto
their chest and hold in motionless, before then pressing the weight to full
arm-extension and demonstrating a clean hold.
can lift up to three times their body weight in powerlifting competition, with
Wright boasting a personal best at 178kg and Nguyen having successfully lifted
The Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will host Powerlifting action on the
Gold Coast, with competition scheduled for Tuesday April 10.