The Australian International and Australian Open continue to grow in stature, with almost 250 lifters from all over the world entered into next month’s prestigious event.

The record numbers will see lifters from as far afield as Scotland and Uzbekistan, join talented lifters from throughout the Pacific, New Zealand, and the cream of Australian lifting talent. We're very excited to announce we'll have a number of Olympians from the Pacific on the platform, including Australians Tia-Clair Toomey and Simplice Ribeouem, Baru (PNG), Tulo (FIJ), Ioane (SAM), Kataoatau (KIR), Vaivai (FIJ), and Mary Opeloge (SAM).

The three-day event will be held at Melbourne’s Eleiko Weightlifting Stadium, starting March 17.

Record numbers from Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Samoa, Nauru, Cook Islands, Solomon Islands will see the Pacific Islands, where weightlifting is a national sport, well represented.

More than 30 lifters have nominated from New Zealand, while there will also be athletes from Malaysia and Pakistan in action.

Many of the international lifters will be coming to Melbourne to gain some valuable experience ahead of next year’s Commonwealth Games, while valuable points will also be on the line for Australian lifters hoping to gain selection for Gold Coast 2018.

Among the Australian’s competing will be Rio Olympians, Tia-Clair Toomey and Simplice Ribouem, and Commonwealth Games medallists Seen Lee, Francois Etoundi, Erika Ropati-Frost.

The full list of entrants, and the event schedule, can be found at www.awf.com.au/news/Post/798/Australian-International-Open-Preliminary-Entries