The International Powerlifting Federation the 9th Annual [IPF] North American Regional Powerlifting Championships shall take place at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Miami, Florida on Thursday to Saturday, July 7 – 9, 2011.
The championship shall feature 100+ of the strongest athletes from 11 countries from North America, Central and the Caribbean Islands.
Notable lifters to take part will be World Champions and World Record Holders Priscilla Ribic from Alaska, pound for pound, the strongest female lifter in history, as well as Steve Goggins and David Ricks both from Atlanta, Georgia. David Ricks will attempt to be the lightest lifter under 200lbs, over 50 years of age, to squat 800+ lbs. Goggins on the opposite end, looks to break the existing world record in the Deadlift. “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 Ricks, a former Naval Commander!”
Local lifter, Lt. Julian Ulvang from Broward County Sheriff’s Officer 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 Ulvang… 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.”
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.
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.
Further information may be found here: www.powerlifting-ipf.com
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