Powerlifting in Singapore
Powerlifting Singapore was founded by Mr Tan Say Yong, a Singaporean who competed in a California state championship in 2009 while he was working in the United States. When he returned, his passion and keen interest in this sport were further fuelled after meeting after Mr Tom Liaw, president of the Singapore Weightlifting Federation (SWF), who is also a keen supporter of powerlifting.
With the help of SWF, Say Yong and a small group of volunteers formed the Powerlifting Singapore group and organized the 1st local powerlifting meet in 2011, The Singapore National Open 2011. Although done on a very small scale with only 13 participants, this inaugural meet sparked interest from keen sportsmen in the local strength community, thereby kickstarting the birth of the powerlifting community in Singapore.