Summer in Wisconsin

Summer is in full swing and so is the powerlifting season. Lots of links within. Many highlights for you:


June was busy

  • The Badger Open in Neenah with 100+ competitors on two platforms! Many American and state records broken. State records to be updated within the week.
  • 8-9 members competed in Men’s Nationals in Philadelphia on June 20-22
  • The National Governing Body (NGB) meeting was held on June 12 in Philly. Many topics discussed and voted on. Effective on January 1, ’15 all sanctioned USAPL contests will be utilizing the IPF weight classes (link to rulebook, weight classes on page 7). One exception will be high school only contests including high school nationals. State records for current weight classes will be ‘frozen’ on 12-31-14 and a new set will commence on 1-1-15 unless the competitor’s bodyweight is at or under the IPF weight class on competition day (per published results). Another topic of interest to many; implement qualifying totals (QT) Raw Nationals in 2015 – passed. This year’s contest will be the last without QTs. The complete minutes are available online.

July – the action hasn’t slowed down! Not at all

  • Several members competing at Raw Nationals in Aurora, CO on July 18, 19 & 20th. I will be there as a member of the officiating team.
  • The Neenah powerlifting camp is still taking entrants. Open to all ages and experience levels. This camp is going to be a great experience for all who attend.  The dates are July 18 and 19.

August also has a competition right here in the state the Omro Summer Classic is August 2 for competitors between the ages of 14 and 19. Not too late to sign up for this contest. It is also a qualifier for the USAPL High School Championships held in Milwaukee next March.

There are also many sub-junior (14-18) and junior (19-23) Wisconsin members training over the summer for September international competition in Hungary. If you want to learn more about the selection process, check out this article authored by Trey Cunningham of

Five newly certified state referees have joined the Wisconsin officiating crew; A. Philips, G. Kiriaki, J. Hahn, R. Johnston, S. Schubert and T. Danko. Working four additional candidates as well. Robert Crawford has achieved the national referee level at the recent Men’s Nationals, the same contest where he was presented with the USAPL/ADFPA Founders Award by our organization’s VP & Pres. This is to recognize 30+ years of starting and growing the drug-free organization we enjoy today.

Phew! Done typing for the moment. Be sure to ‘like’ the USAPL Wisconsin Facebook page to keep up on photos and news of the moment. The website has a new athlete profile with another soon to be uploaded. Check them out!

Enjoy the summer,
Tonya L.
WI USAPL State Chair