How to Qualify for Regional, National and International Competitions
(scroll down for Qualifying Totals)
DEFINITION OF NOVICE
A novice lifter is one who has not competed in an NZPF sanctioned event before. Once they have competed once as a novice they must register with their local association and the NZPF to participate in any further NZPF sanctioned events.
All lifters competing in Provincial or higher level Competition MUST be financially affiliated to both their respective Provincial Association and the NZPF, and all lifters that are registered to NZPF and compete in NZPF sanctioned events are subject to both in competition and out of competition testing. This includes the time at which they qualified for the respective level of competition where qualifying standards are required. Those who are not financially affiliated cannot claim Provincial Titles or Provincial or National Records, or use Totals achieved at competitions (when they were not financially affiliated to both the NZPF and their respective Provincial Association) to qualify for higher level competition.
QUALIFYING FOR NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS
All NZPF National Champions from the previous year automatically qualify for the next year's National Championships.
Lifters seeking to qualify for the National Championships must reach the qualifying total for their age and weight class in an NZPF sanctioned competition within 12 months prior (this does not include the previous year's Nationals). They must also be a full financial member at the time of qualifying. Please see below for the qualifying totals
They must lift at the National Championships in the same weight class they qualified in unless they have exceeded the qualifying total in the weight class above, in which case they may lift in that weight class.
In the case of bench only competitions, lifters may use a benchpress completed in a three-lift competition to qualify for the National Benchpress Championships.
Lifters who have legitimate reasons for not being able to compete in a qualifying competition (family bereavement, injury, illness etc), must apply in writing to the NZPF National Executive Council through the form provided on the NZPF website and include (where applicable) suitable proof of the legitimate reason for not being able to compete. Each case will be dealt with on its merits.
National Records can only be broken at North/South Island or higher level competitions.
National Records broken at North/South Island and higher level competitions will only be recognised by the NZPF Record Keeper when a copy of the official result sheet (signed by the three NZPF Referees of National or International grade, who officiated during the particular session of the contest in which the record/s were set) is submitted within one month of the Competition in which the record/s were set.
Lifters applying for ratification of National Records (of any age group) MUST be current financial members of both their respective Provincial Association and the NZPF, and all athletes/lifters that are registered to NZPF and compete in NZPF sanctioned events are subject to both in competition and out of competition testing must be registered with the NZPF for a minimum of SIX months immediately prior to setting the record/s concerned.
QUALIFYING FOR INTERNATIONAL COMPETITION AND WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
All lifters intending to compete at ANY International Contest or World Championship, MUST have competed in the respective National Championship prior to the respective International Contest or World Championship they wish to compete in. This rule is designed to ensure that the NZPF’s top lifters are seen competing at their respective National Championships, and therefore raise the profile of the lifters concerned, the National Championships, sponsors and Powerlifting as a whole. Lifters who have legitimate reasons for not being able to compete at a Provincial Championships, or North/South Island Championship or National Championship (family bereavement, serious injury etc), must apply to the NZPF National Executive Council for dispensation through the form provided on the NZPF website. Such applications must include suitable proof of their legitimate reason for not being able to compete. Each case will be dealt with on its merits. The exception to this is for those New Zealanders living overseas. See the criteria below required to represent NZ and living overseas – Appendix 1.
For new lifters, returning lifters and lifters that haven’t attended the previous year’s Nationals, the opportunity to compete at Worlds should be made more accessible but not at the expense of the lifters who have continuous membership and have competed in the previous years’ Nationals’ competitions in order to qualify. In addition, lifters that were unable to compete despite holding full memberships, due to performing other duties such as refereeing or officiating should not be disadvantaged, as long as they have completed the qualifying criteria and provided dispensations IF required by the NEC.
New, returning or members that haven’t lifted at the previous year’s Nationals must complete the basic qualifying criteria i.e. full membership, completed doping consent form, and qualifying total achieved at a NZPF sanctioned competition prior to the nomination period or entry termination dates. WHEN this criteria is satisfied they can be considered for team selection at international level as long as they have submitted a completed International Application Form.
In all cases, continuous full members applying for International selection WILL TAKE PRECEDENCE over new or returning members if both are applying for the same age/weight category irrespective of the highest qualifying total. New or returning lifters may only be selected for vacant positions.If there are positions vacant due to not all weight classes being filled then the highest total above the qualifying requirement will determine who is selected for any vacant positions. If there is more than one then the next highest total is selected and so on until a full team is reached.
In the event of two new or returning vying for the same position which is vacant, the normal selection rules apply. i.e. highest total.
Qualifying Totals 3 Lift (Raw/Classic) click here (For Nationals 2023 and Internationals 2024)
Qualifying Totals 3 Lift (Raw/Classic) click here (For Internationals 2023)
Qualifying Totals Bench only (Raw/Classic) click here (For Nationals 2023 and Internationals 2024)
Qualifying Totals (Equipment Optional) click here
Qualifying Totals (Special Olympics Athletes) click here
There is no qualifying standard at club or provincial competitions, please check with your provincial association as to whether they have participation requirements prior to competing at regionals.
The qualifying totals apply for (except where dispensation has been granted):
Team Selection for International Events
Where the numbers exceed a category, reserves will be named in the first cut. Reserves will only replace those where someone pulls out and can fill the appropriate vacancy. Team members cannot change after the final team has been submitted. If someone pulls out within the final 21 days they cannot be replaced.
The average of the 3rd place total from the previous three IPF World Championships is taken in each weight class and applicants are then ranked by their proximity to this total using percentages, this allows for athletes across weight classes to be compared by their potential to place
Applicants must still meet the other qualifying criteria:
With Carpino3 our most competitive lifters get precedence over representation in every weight class. If two highly competitive lifters share the same weight class we can select both lifters for the team
Sub-Junior (under 18 years)
Junior (under 24 years)
Open (24-40 years)
Master I (40-49 years)
Master II (50-59 years)
Master III (60-69 years)
Master IV (70-79 years & women 70+)
Master V (80+ years - men only)
53kg(sJr and Jr Only) 59kg 66kg 74kg 83kg 93kg 105kg 120kg 120kg+
43kg(sJr and Jr Only) 47kg 52kg 57kg 63kg 69kg 76kg 84kg 84kg+
How to qualify for International competition if you are a New Zealander living overseas:
Registration - you need to:
Notification - you need to:
Selection process for representing NZ at an international competition:
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