Athletes in the sport of weightlifting will travel to Salt Lake City from across America to compete at their National Championship event Thursday-Sunday, March 28-31. This competition is open only to the top master athletes in each division who have reached the necessary qualification of weight lifted in a combined total of the 2 Olympic lifts, the Snatch and the Clean and Jerk.
The event will take place in the Grand Ballroom of the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center. Competitions will be held on 3 lifting platforms and run from 8 am to 8 pm each day. With the help of the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Salt Lake, Salt Lake City has become a regular stop for USA Weightlifting and USA Master Weightlifting National events. “With a record number of over 700 athletes, once again Salt Lake City has proven to be amongst the most attractive cities in the nation. We hope to see Utahns come out to give the same feeling back to the sport, that the sport clearly gives to Utah.” Said Phil Andrews, CEO USA Weightlifting
“As part of our sports and Olympic legacy efforts we have partnered with USA Weightlifting and others to host several weightlifting events in Utah,” said Jeff Robbins, President and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. “We are thrilled to have been selected to host the National Championships and we welcome these athletes to Utah as we host another key weightlifting event.”
Masters weightlifting offers competitive sport to athletes age 35+. Competition is divided into 5-year age groups and includes athletes as old as 85 who are competing regularly in the sport. Utah will send many top athletes, including the reigning American record holder Lisa Riggs of Millcreek, who will represent the age 55-59 lightweight division. Debbie Millet, owner and head coach of Praxis Weightlifting of South Jordan will be the director of the event. During her lifting career, Debbie earned 4 Masters National Championship titles and 2 Masters World Championship titles before retiring from competition to focus on coaching and bringing national events to Utah.
Masters weightlifting provides a unique opportunity for adults age 35-85+. Former athletes of other sports who competed in high school or college as well as those who never had competitive exposure, are given an opportunity to be involved in an Olympic sport. These older athletes come from all walks of life from nurses and surgeons, to bankers, attorneys, busy mothers, grandfathers, teachers and military personnel. They train in their spare time not only for the benefits that strength training provides to heart and bone health, but to seize an opportunity to take the term ‘weekend warrior’ to the highest level. Top athletes travel throughout the world competing against their same-age peers in their respective weight classes.
This is the first time the Masters National Championships has come to SLC. “It will be a great opportunity for spectators to see up close and personal, the benefits of weight training in all stages of life.” said Debbie Millet.
For more information regarding the Masters National Championships visit https://praxisweightlifting.com/nationals2019/