At the end of June, Classic (Raw) World Championship national team members from Wisconsin returned home with gold medals:
- In the Open 83 kgs class, current college student John Haack with a 813 kgs world record total!
- Recent high school graduate, Stephanie Rattunde in the 43 kg class. She returns to the platform at the upcoming IPF Sub-Junior / Junior World Equipped Championships in Szyczyrk, Poland in less than five weeks.
- Andy Askow had a 116 kg lead over the second place competitor in the 120+ kg juniors weight class!
The Wisconsin High School Powerlifting Association (WHSPA) Raw State Championships this past Saturday was the first for the association. Fifty-eight competitors competed and despite the heat, there were so many smiles and raw records broken. WHSPA is the first in the entire country to offer equipped and raw state championships as sanctioned USA Powerliftng competitions. We should be proud of our 20+ years of providing drug-free powerlifting to so many teens in the state and with the inclusion of raw competition, even more can compete with their peers on the platform. ***I approved 87 state level records today for this competition alone!***
The 920 Open held in the Green Bay area by meet directors Scott Lade, Matt Gunville and Eric Destache was a fun, smooth-running raw competition. Could not have asked for a better crew and setup to work with. The competitors had a great experience on the platform. We may see another announcement from 920 CF to host another. Fingers crossed.
We have received our 14th sanction approval for the 2016 calendar year with the Necedah Blizzard Classic on December 10th with teen, open and master categories. Working to add two more, at min, to the schedule before year-end. You are asking for more and working hard to deliver.
Another competition opportunity is the USA Powerlifting Mid-West & Central Region Championships in Columbus, OH November 5 & 6. So far, Wisconsin has the highest number of registrations. Link for more information.
The registrations for the Sept. Pure Fitness & October’s Western Wisconsin Open are both closed as they are full. Will make the rosters available as soon as possible. Watch for posts on the USA Powerlifting Wisconsin Facebook page.
There are many WI members training for either the NAPF Regional Championships in mid-August in St. Croix or the IPF Sub-Junior / Junior World Championships the first week of September in Poland. Serious summer days!
Keep cool, be healthy and get out into the sun! Please excuse the grammatical errors as I am hurrying to get outside myself.
USA Powerlifting state chair Wisconsin
IPF Category II official
WHSPA voting member
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