6th Annual North American Regional Bench Press Championships

The International Powerlifting Federation [IPF] 6th Annual North American Regional Bench Press Championshipswill take place in on Saturday, October 8, 2011 in the Ashe Auditorium, at the James L. Knight Center in Miami, Florida.


The championship shall feature 100+ of the strongest athletes from 11 countries from North America, Central America, and South America and the Caribbean Islands.

Notable lifters to take part will be World Champions and World Record Holders Jennifer Thompson a school teacher from North Carolina, and pound for pound, the strongest female bench presser in history as well as John Bogart from Oneonta, New York. “My training is going very well and I feel very strong for Miami. I am in the best shape of my life and looking to place my name in the world record book one more time, says Bogart. Thompson is equally optimistic by saying, “I have had the best training ever for Miami, I hope to set a new world record that will sit for a very long time.”


Local lifter, Dr. Damian Fronzaglia from Broward County is quite excited with the opportunity to lift in an international championship as a member of Team USA, in front of the hometown fans, “I’m ready to go and will not disappoint, says Fronzaglia… I am honored to be here.”


Key and important note, this championship is being drug-tested in accordance with the International Olympic Committee (IOC)/World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) guidelines administered by IPF Powerlifting officials. The WADA anti-doping guidelines are the officially recognized standard by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for drug-testing athletes world-wide.


“Drug-testing is the fundamental cornerstone of our organization that we take very seriously”, says Robert Keller, Contest Director for this year’s regional championship. “We do not play games and are very strict with our drug-testing procedures. Moreover, our athletes are equally committed to drug-testing and drug-free principles in sport.”


The Sport of Powerlifting


USA Powerlifting the organization directing this championship is the leading powerlifting organization in the United States. USA Powerlifting is a member of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF), the governing body of powerlifting internationally. USA Powerlifting, through its affiliation with the IPF, also sends a national team to participate in the World Games. The IPF is the governing body of powerlifting internationally. The IPF is comprised of member federations from 100+ countries on six continents.


The World Games is an international multi-sports event hosted by the International World Games Association (IGWA), under the patronage of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). The event consists of official sports and demonstration sports selected from those not included in the Olympic Games. The Games are held every fourth year, following the year of the Summer Olympics.


About Powerlifting


Distinct from weightlifting, a sport made up of two lifts: the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk, where the weight is lifted above the head, powerlifting is comprised of three lifts: the Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.


Tickets are $5.00 each at the door. Children 12 years of age, there will be free admission.


If you require further information, please contact Robert Keller at 954.790.2249 or by email at: rhk@verizon.net

Further information may be found here: www.usapowerlifting.com/IPF-NorthAmerica 


Schedule of Events

6th IPF/NAPF North American Bench Press Championships – Miami, Florida


Friday, October 07, 2011

Accreditation – 9:00 to 3:00 PM / Azalea Room (Lower level of the Hyatt Hotel, next to the elevators)

NAPF Championship Technical Meeting – 2:00 PM / Monroe Room

Championship Press Conference – 3:00 PM / Monroe Room

Early Equipment [All Athletes] – 4:00 PM / Monroe Room


Saturday, October 08, 2011

All Women Lifters + All Men 53.00kg to 83.00kg

Equipment Check/Rack Heights: 7:30 – 8:00 AM

Weigh-in: 8:00 – 9:30 AM

Opening Ceremony – 9:30 AM / Contest Venue / Ashe Auditorium / James L. Knight Center

Contest Lifting: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Award Presentation/Anti-Doping Protocol: 12:00 – 1:00 PM


All Men [93.00kg – 120.00+kg] Lifters

Equipment Check/Rack Heights: 11:30 – 12:00 PM

Weigh-in: 12:00 – 1:30 PM
Lifting: 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Award Presentation/Anti-Doping Protocol: 4:00 – 5:00 PM


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