• Schae Zarew relative new to powerlifting but already ranked top 5 in her class (Supplied/Clair Angel) (Supplied)Source: Supplied
While the machinations of the federal election carry on, these three Canberra women have real power. They will represent Australia at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships in the USA this month.

9 Jun 2016 - 8:24 AM  UPDATED 9 Jun 2016 - 8:30 AM

Firstly, DO NOT confuse powerlifting with weightlifting

Weightlifting (the one at the Olympics) is made up of two lifts - the snatch and the clean and jerk. The weight is lifted above the head. 

Powerlifting has three lifts - the squat, bench Press and deadlift. The weight is not lifted above the head.

Elizabeth Craven

Australia's number 1 ranked lifter for the last three years, it's also the 41-year-old's third World Championships.

Elizabeth is a strong chance for a gold medal. She holds all the National, Oceania and Commonwealth records for her weight class (52kg)

To that end, she also aims to break the squat and deadlift world records at these Championships but faces stiff competition. 


Clair Angel 

The current Oceania squat record holder in her class proves that age (53) is no barrier to this physically demanding sport. 

Clair brought home a silver medal from the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Canada last year and has represented Australia several times. 


Schae Zarew 

New to the sport after coming from bodybuilding only a year ago, Schae is already ranked in the top five in her class at this year's Championships. 

She will attempt to break several records at what will be her second ever meet with the International Powerlifting Federation. 

The trio leave for the Championships in Texas on 15-16th June to join their Australian team-mates. The Championships run from 19 – 26 June 2016.