Powerlifting – Arnold Sports Festival Australia
Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre


PRO RAW 2020

ProRawPowerlifting is the premier powerlifting event in Australia, and amongst the top 3 powerlifting events in the world.
ProRawPowerlifting began as a professional competition and has been awarding prize money since the competition began in 2010. The event moved to the Arnold Sports Festival in 2016 with ProRawEight, and has grown exponentially in both size and popularity ever since. This year’s event will be ProRawTwelve. It is an invitation only event and will attract best lifters from around the world. This year over 10 countries will be represented, with lifters competing for the first time from Greece, Vietnam and South Africa.
ProRawPowerlifting is different from other competitions. It reduces the amount of weight divisions from 19 to only 8, concentrating the level of competition. There are 3 women’s classes – 60kg, 75kg and 75kg+ and 8 mens classes – 80kg, 95kg, 110kg, 125kg and 125kg+. There are also a number of ‘no age’ divisions. In those, teenagers and even masters lifters can win. Strong doesn’t discriminate!
Many weight class champions will be returning to defend their titles. Laura Sgro and Jen Smith in the 60kg class, Keeta Davis in the 75kg class, Sarah Rainbow and Briony Williams in the 75kg+ class. In the mens, Les Grills – who won ProRawXl – will back again also. In the 95kg class Patrick Morrison – a 6 time winner – returns chasing a 7th victory and in doing so will take on USA lifter John Haack (an All Time Record Holder in the 90kg class). The over 110kg class is wide open, with many predicting a first time in this division. The over 125kg class will also be very competitive this year, with Ryan Williams taking on a host of very strong International lifters including Nicolaas Du Preez from South Africa and the UK’s Sam Bollands. Both of these behemoths are expected to go over 1000kg.
There are many, many more Internationals from UK, NZ, Greece, Vietnam, USA, Brazil, Finland, Ireland, along with Australia’s best competing in what is expected to be the biggest and best ProRaw event yet !