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How to qualify for the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships

Updated: Mar 5

The 2021 Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships will be the biggest Powerlifting meet ever held in New Zealand.


This event is the real deal. It’s recognised by the Commonwealth Games Federation and is effectively the closest Powerlifters will get to competing at the actual Commonwealth Games (at this stage).


Due to the event being so big, there is going to be a ton of interest from New Zealand lifters in competing in the Raw 3-lift & Bench-Only competitions during the event, so we thought we’d break down how you can compete at the 2021 Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships.


Here's how Kiwi's can get amongst the action.


Sign up with the New Zealand Powerlifting Federation


You can do this through the website of your relevant region.




Compete at the 2020 Regional OR Island Championships


The first step is ensuring you lift a qualifying total for the 2020 National Championships at the Regional or Island Championships.


Regional 3-Lift Powerlifting Championships:


  • Northland | Kaitaia | May

  • Auckland | April

  • Waikato Bay of Plenty | Hamilton | April

  • Wellington & Central North Island | Wellington | April

  • Canterbury & Tasman | Christchurch | April

  • Otago & Southland | Dunedin | April


Regional Bench Press Championships:


  • Northland | TBC | August

  • Auckland | July

  • Waikato Bay of Plenty | Hamilton | May

  • Wellington & Central North Island | N/A

  • Canterbury & Tasman | N/A

  • Otago & Southland | Dunedin | March


Island Powerlifting & Bench Press Championships