PRE REGISTRATION FOR LGBT IPC 2019 NOW OPEN …..

LGBT IPC 2019 PRE REGISTRATION can be found here, full registration opens on the 1st December 2018 …

http://lgbtpowerlifting.org/?page_id=58

POWERLIFTING SET TO RETURN TO GAY GAMES IN HONG KONG 2022 …

PRESS RELEASE: POWERLIFTING SET TO RETURN TO GAY GAMES IN HONG KONG 2022

The LGBT Powerlifting Union has agreed to assist Gay Games Hong Kong 2022 in the delivery and promotion of their Powerlifting event in the next Gay Games cycle. Powerlifting was not included in the sports schedule in the Gay Games X that is currently happening this week in Paris, but has now been confirmed for the next Gay Games after discussions took place between the next host city Hong Kong and the LGBT Powerlifting Union, who have successfully run the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) in both 2017 and 2018.

The Second annual “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” were held in London the weekend before the opening of Gay Games in Paris, with participation numbers doubling, from the previous year. Athletes attended this year’s LGBT IPC from eight different nations including Australia, Belarus, Belgium, France, Germany, Iceland, United States of America and of course the host nation Great Britain. 

Within LGBT IPC Athletes are welcome to participate regardless of their age, sexuality, health status, ability or gender. This year the LGBT IPC introduced a new  Mx third gender category, which welcomes transgender, non-binary and intersex participants to compete. The LGBT IPC are the first sporting event in the world to introduce a third gender category, so Mx people can participate in a safe environment, without fear of discrimination. 

This year’s championships were attended by national champions, world champions, world record holders and also a lifter who had competed in the Arnold Classic Sports Festival Australia. The LGBT IPC competition is particularly friendly towards novices as they have their own category, for those who are competing for the first time. LGBT IPC is very committed towards reaching out to sections of the community that are under-represented in the sport.

Speaking about the confirmation of Powerlifting for the Gay Games in 2022, Chris Morgan, Gay Games Ambassador and Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union said …

“We are delighted with discussions that have taken place and the LGBT Powerlifting Union have agreed to assist the next Gay Games host city Hong Kong to deliver and promote their Powerlifting event. Of course we are disappointed not to have been able to participate in these Gay Games in Paris, but we are looking forward and growing stronger as a group each year ahead of the next Gay Games in Hong Kong”. 

And about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships in Blackpool 2019 he continued …

“Next year our own event “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” will be in Blackpool, the most LGBT and in particular Trans Friendly town in the UK. We have confirmed a fantastic new venue and have a fresh and exciting new programme of events and activities. Next year’s focus will be on development and outreach, with more detailed information about this released in the coming months”.

The choice of the seaside town of Blackpool as our host town will give us the opportunity of doubling our participation levels over the next two years as the town has an abundance of high quality, low cost accommodation. Athletes from all over the world will find Blackpool a very affordable place to stay and easy to access as they will be able to take the one hour fast train directly from Manchester International Airport straight into the Gay Village in the centre of Blackpool.

Blackpool 2019 will be happening 19th – 21st July 2019 and the provisional programme currently includes Coaching Clinic, Technical Briefing, Competition, Social Evening, Congress, Outreach Workshop and Closing Party at the World Renowned “Funny Girls Cabaret”. Blackpool 2019 will give the opportunity to build our participation numbers and provide a very safe host town environment for all of our Trans, Non Binary and Intersex participants. 

In the build up to Blackpool 2019 the LGBT Powerlifting Union are planning Workshops in the North (Blackpool) and South (London) and more details about these will follow soon. There will also be more LGBT Powerlifting workshops and seminars planned in the USA and these will be announced soon. Within the Congress the LGBT Powerlifting Union received provisional bids and expressions of interest to host future LGBT IPC events from Atlanta, USA and Munich, Germany. More information about these will follow soon. 

The LGBT Powerlifting Union would like to thank the Federation of Gay Games (FGG) for their advice and support over the last two year’s which has made the re-entry of Powerlifting to the Gay Games In Hong Kong possible. We look forward to continuing dialogue and building representation within FGG over this next quadrennial cycle and making the sport of Powerlifting accessible to as many LGBT people as possible.

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest for Blackpool 2019 visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/  For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan by email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes:

LGBT IPC weekend has a full programme of activities including a Novices Coaching Clinic & Technical Briefing (Friday 19th July), Competition (Saturday 20th July), Congress (Sunday 21st July) and Closing Party (Sunday 21st July). Visit www.lgbtpowerlifting.org for more details.

LGBT IPC 2019 will welcomes Trans men or Trans women who have decided to transition– who will be to participate within either Male, Female or within Mx Category. The third gender Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. The new Mx Category was  introduced for the 2018 event and the policy continues for our 2019 event.

The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004. Powerlifting was not included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.paris2018.com but has now been confirmed to be returning in Hong Kong in 2022. www.gaygameshk2022.com The Federation of Gay Games website can be found at www.gaygames.org

Key People – Biographies 

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his twenty year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty six times, where he has taken a total of twenty eight international medals. He has been World Champion nine times, European Champion five times, British Champion eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several British and World records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide.

Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Charlotte has been powerlifting for five years, she has won five master’s European titles and seven World titles.

She holds 41 World Records in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter once each at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at this year’s Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT Community, which she views as one of the Highlights of her career.

Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters.  

 

 

 

LGBT INTERNATIONAL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2019 – DATES CONFIRMED

Dates have been confirmed for LGBT IPC 2019 with press information and media interviews to follow over the next week or two.
Blackpool 2019
Thank you to all those who attended LGBT IPC in 2017 and 2018 in London, next year we are going to be in the most LGBT and Trans friendly seaside town in the UK.

“LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” Announce The Introduction of Inclusive Mx Category For Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Athletes …

“LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” Announce The Introduction of Inclusive Mx Category For Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Athletes  …

Registration for the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2018 is now open and the organisers have introduced a new “optional” Mx Category (Third Gender) to encourage people from Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Communities to participate in sports. The LGBT Championships are open to ALL regardless of sexuality, health status, hiv status, gender or ability.

At last year’s event the Union of Lifters that organises the Championships agreed unanimously at congress to equalise weight classes for all participants and to introduce the Mx Category as an option for Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex Participants. The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships are an annual event, with an aim of developing LGBT Powerlifting worldwide and increasing participation between now and the Gay Games in Hong Kong in 2022.

One of the key aims of the Federation of Gay Games is to reach out to under-represented groups within sports and next year’s LGBT IPC 2018 will be the first sporting event in the world to welcome Transgender participants with an optional Mx third gender category. The principles of the Gay Games are built on the core principles of Participation, Inclusion and Personal Best and LGBT IPC aims to encourage these principles as we grow.

Speaking about the opening of registration for LGBT IPC 2018, Chris Morgan, Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union and Nine Time World Champion in the sport said,  …….

“LGBT IPC was hugely successful in 2017 in bringing together LGBT Powerlifting athletes from all corners of the globe, in 2018 we aim to expand on this by reaching out through to the new LGBT Powerlifting clubs we see emerging around the world. We aim to be as inclusive as possible by equalising all weight classes and offering the new third gender Mx category”.

Speaking about the Introduction of the Mx Category within LGBT IPC, Charlotte Wareing, Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union and Seven Time World Champion in the sport said, …….

“Issues effecting Transgender, Non Binary and Intersex participants were discussed in detail at our congress in 2017 and we decided as a group to make our event as inclusive and as a safe as possible by offering an optional MX category. Athletes from within the Trans, Non Binary and Intersex communities are very welcome to participate within LGBT IPC without any fear of discrimination”.

Also Speaking about the Introduction of the Mx Category within LGBT IPC, Professor Ardel Thomas, Non Binary Representative, LGBT Powerlifting Union and three times Gay Games medal winner said, …….

“We have seen a great deal of adverse reaction recently to media reports of Transgender athletes competing in strength sports, particularly towards athletes who meet the new IOC Guidance and have qualified for multi sports events like the Commonwealth Games. We are aware of new and novice Trans, Non Binary and Intersex lifters are concerned about participating in sports because of lack of understanding and therefore we have decided to offer an optional Mx Category at LGBT IPC 2018”.

Last year’s LGBT IPC attracted participants from all corners of the globe with nine nations represented including Australia, Belarussia, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, United States of America and of course the host nation Great Britain. Participation numbers are expected to grow significantly this year with Team GB and Team USA Powerlifting Workshops and Seminars scheduled to take place in Atlanta (USA), Chicago (USA), London (UK), Blackpool (UK) and Birmingham (UK).

The bidding process is already under way for LGBT IPC events happening in 2019, 2020 and 2021 with expressions of interest received already from Blackpool UK, Munich Germany, Athens Greece and of course Hong Kong, China who will host the Gay Games in 2022. Powerlifting was included in Hong Kong’s successful bid document and the LGBT Powerlifting Union look forward to working with them between now and the 2022 Gay Games.

LGBT IPC – LONDON 2018

The weekend programme in 2018 will include a Coaching Clinic, Technical Briefing, Competition Day, Athletes Meal, Congress and Closing Party, offering the chance for participants not only to compete, but also to socialise and interact with other LGBT Powerlifters. Something they may rarely get the opportunity to do in mainstream competitions in their own countries.

The competition itself will take part on Saturday 28th July at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, which was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. Events being offered are Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped) and Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped).

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org  or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/  or their Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/2000903610182396/

For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan by Email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes:

·         The LGBT IPC weekend has a full programme of activities including a Novices Coaching Clinic (Friday 27th July), Competition (Saturday 28th July), Athletes Banquet (Saturday 28th July), Congress (Sunday 29th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 29th July) Visit www.lgbtpowerlifing.org  for more details.

·         LGBT IPC 2018 will welcome Trans men or trans women who have decided to transition– who will be to participate within either Male, Female or within Mx Category. The third gender Mx Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex. The new Mx Category has been introduced for the 2018 event and the policy will be reviewed at Congress on July 29th 2017 after the competition takes place on the 28th.

·          Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was formed in 1926 and is a community funded gym, located in Central London www.bgwlc.co.uk

·          The LGBT IPC weekend closing party is sponsored by The Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco www.eaglelondon.com/horse-meat-disco

·         The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004.  Powerlifting has not been included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.gaygames.org www.paris2018.com but will return in Hong Kong in 2022. www.gaygameshk2022.com

Key People – Biographies

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his eighteen year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty three times, where he has taken a total of twenty five international medals. He has been World Champion Nine times, European Champion twice, British Champion Eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several World and British strength records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide.

Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Charlotte has been powerlifting for five years, she has won four master’s European titles and Seven World titles.

She holds 41 World Records in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter once each at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at this year’s Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT Community, which she views as one of the Highlights of her career.

Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters.  

Professor Ardel Thomas, Non Binary Representative, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Professor Thomas is the Head of LGBT Studies at the City College of San Francisco and a keen Powerlifter.

Ardel started Powerlifting at the Gay Games in Amsterdam in 1998 and has taken a total of Two Gay Games Gold Medals and a Silver Medal between 2002 and 2006. After a break from the sport Ardel returned to competitive lifting taking a Gold Medal at the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2017.

Currently professor Thomas has written several studies on LGBT issues and is a world renowned expert on LGBT Studies.

PRESS RELEASE: ANNOUNCING THE FORMATION OF THE LGBT POWERLIFTING UNION …

PRESS RELEASE:  AUGUST 2017

“Announcing The Formation of the LGBT Powerlifting Union” …

On Saturday 29th July 2017 LGBT Powerlifters from all over the world attended the inaugural LGBT International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) held in London. Nine countries were represented including Australia, Belarussia, Canada, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, United States of America and of course the home nation Great Britain with group of 40 including lifters, coaches and partners in attendance.

Athletes participating in the event ranged from complete novices, right through to World Champions and World record holders.  The Championships are a direct reaction to Powerlifting not being included in the Gay Games in Paris 2018 and the subsequent discussions with The Federation of Gay Games, where a recommendation was made for LGBT Powerlifters to have their own annual championships for three years of the Quadrennial cycle.

The main purpose of these annual Championships is to grow and develop LGBT Powerlifting in preparation for the Gay Games in 2022.  The host city for 2022 will be announced in October at the Annual General Meeting of the Federation of Gay Games in Paris and will be one of Guadalajara (Mexico), Hong Kong (China) or Washington DC (USA).

During the LGBT IPC weekend there was also a Congress meeting which was attended by a widest diverse group of LGBT Powerlifters ever assembled, with some having attended Gay Games as early as 1982, along with novice lifters new to the sport and were participating in their first championships. The group decided to form an athletes “Union” of LGBT Powerlifters to give them representation with The Federation of Gay Games and with mainstream powerlifting Federations.

Currently LGBT Powerlifters have no representation within the Federation of Gay Games, which was one of the reasons the sport was not included in next year’s  Gay Games in Paris. Also a number of mainstream Powerlifting Federations have rules that could prevent LGBT lifters attending Gay Games in the future, and the new “Athletes Union” aims to clarify these rules and open discussions where appropriate to increase participation in future Gay Games.

Chris Morgan, Male Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, Gay Games Ambassador and an eight time world champion in the sport

“LGBT IPC 2017 was a great success bringing together LGBT Powerlifters from all over the world, along with their coaches, partners, families and friends. The weekend provided an opportunity for us to begin organising our affairs in preparation for re-entering the Gay Games in 2022. We aim now to continue discussions with the Federation of  Gay Games and enter discussions with mainstream Powerlifting Federations to make certain that LGBT Powerlifting continues to grow globally”.

Charlotte Wareing, Female Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union and a two time world champion and four time European champion

“It is essential that we adopt a sports model that attracts as many lifters as possible to participate in LGBT lifting, including people who in the past may have been discriminated against due to their gender, sexuality or HIV status. Gay Games adopts the principles in inclusion, participation and pursuit of personal best and we aim to stay true to these principles through the new LGBT Powerlifting Union”.

LGBT International Powerlifting Championship weekend 2018 is scheduled once again in London and with a bidding process now underway for future events scheduled in 2019, 2020 and 2021. Throughout 2017 and early 2018 the LGBT Powerlifting Union will be aiming to boost participation in the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships by continuing to connect with the LGBT Sports Community and by reaching out to under-represented athletes such as Women, Transgender, Non Binary and Intersexed.

Next year’s competition will take part on Saturday 28th July, the weekend before the opening ceremony of Gay Games Paris at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, which was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. Events being offered are Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped) and Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped).

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest for LGBT IPC 2018 visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/

For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan Phone: 07545 781455 Email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes

  • LGBT Powerlifting Powerlifting Union consists of Male and Female Co-Presidents, plus currently seven national representatives who have been appointed with a specific aim of recruiting and boosting participation levels in LGBT Powerlifting globally. The Union is not Powerlifting Federation itself, but aims to offer representation for LGBT Powerlifters with the Federation of Gay Games and Mainstream Powerlifting Federations who’s rules may restrict athletes from attending Gay Games in the future. The Union will also be looking to reach out to Women, Non Binary and Intersexed athletes as they are under-represented strength sports.
  • The LGBT IPC 2018 weekend has a full programme of activities including Novices Coaching Clinic (Friday 27th July), Competition (Saturday 28th July), Athletes Banquet (Saturday 28th July), Congress (Sunday 29th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 29th July) Visit www.lgbtpowerlifing.org for more details.
  • Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was formed in 1926 and is a community funded gym, located in Central London www.bgwlc.co.uk
  • The LGBT IPC weekend 2018 closing party is sponsored by The Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco www.eaglelondon.com/horse-meat-disco
  • The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004.  Powerlifting has not been included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.gaygames.org www.paris2018.com

Biographies

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President

Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his eighteen year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty two times, where he has taken a total of twenty four international medals. He has been World Champion eight times, European Champion twice, British Champion Eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several World and British strength records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide.

Charlotte Wareing: Female Co-President

Charlotte has been powerlifting for four years, she has won four master’s European titles and two World titles.

She holds British, World and European records across three weight classes in both raw and equipped lifting.  She has twice achieved the overall best lifter once each at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at this year’s Championships for her courage and commitment to the LGBT Community, which she views as one of the Highlights of her career.

Charlotte is keen to grow the sport of powerlifting and works hard to introduce the sport to novice lifters.

UPDATED COMPETITION DETAILS & START LIST

Updated Competition Start List Can Be Found Here … as 10th July

http://lgbtpowerlifting.org/?page_id=56

UPDATED WEEKEND SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Here’s the updated “Final Programme” for LGBT IPC 2017, with all event times and venues with the exception of the athletes meal, more details to follow on this soon.

 

LGBT IPC 2017 – REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN !!!

IMPORTANT STATEMENT!

We have decided to “Old School” for registration and are running registration exactly the way Chris Morgan runs his other events in the UK. Please note Chris Morgan and Dom Patmore are running this event on a “Non Profit” basis and entry fees have been calculated on this basis.

At this moment as a group we do not have a constituted organisation, so Chris is going to act as “guardian” of the finances and record all income and expenditure. All receipts will be retained and a full financial statement will be presented at congress on Sunday 30th July.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

Visit our Facebook Group To Download Registration Form or email Chris Morgan chunky@chunkymuscle.com

ENTRY FEES

LGBT IPC REGISTRATION FEES (Places are limited to between 50 and 60 places maximum, dependent on how many full power and single lift participants enter. Once we fill the flights registration will be closed)

Early Bird Registration – Through Until 28th Feb 2017

£65 per athlete for first event

£10 per athlete for a second single life event

Standard Registration – Through Until 30th April 2017

£75 per athlete for first event

£10 per athlete for a second event

Registration fee includes Rules Briefing, Coaching Clinic, Powerlifting Competition, Congress and Closing Party.

Participants attending athlete’s meal will pay for their meal on the evening.

Once we have the maximum number of entries we will close the entries for 2017. That date could be earlier than April 30th 2017.

We will be then operating a waiting list for people who have missed out.  ACT NOW TO SECURE YOUR PLACE IN WHAT PROMISES TO BE AN AMAZING EVENT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LGBT IPC 2017 – News & Press Review …

LGBT IPC 2017 – News & Press Review …

Since our global press launch last week we have been enjoying fantastic media and press support worldwide, from both the LGBT press and Powerlifting press.

Here’s a review of recent press coverage …

GAY STAR NEWS

This week Chris Morgan been interviewed by Gay Star News the Global LGBT News Website …

http://www.gaystarnews.com/article/worlds-muscular-lgbti-people-coming-london/

OUTSPORTS 

Out Sports the leading American LGBT Sports website featured our story on the 12th October ….

http://www.outsports.com/2016/10/12/13253938/lgbt-powerlifting-championships-london-july-2017

POWERLIFTING WATCH

Powerlifting Watch the leading Powerlifting website in the world featured us on the 6th October …

http://www.powerliftingwatch.com/node/33560

G SCENE

Brighton’s leading LGBT news website G Scene published our story on the 7th October  …

http://gscene.com/news/sport/lgbt-international-powerlifting-championships-come-to-london-in-2017/

MY SO CALLED GAY LIFE

My So Called Gay Life the UK’s LGBT news website on the 6th October …

http://mysocalledgaylife.co.uk/2016/10/the-first-ever-lgbt-international-powerlifting-championships-are-happening-in-london-in-july-2017/

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships are happening in London. 28th, 29th and 30th July 2017. There are no qualifying standards and everyone is welcome to participate regardless of sexuality, gender, ability, experience or health status. Visit our website www.lgbtpowerlifting.org

Our Facebook Events Page can be found at www.facebook.com/events/1695602424035594/ and our Facebook Group can be found at www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/

PRESS RELEASE: AUTUMN 2016 – LGBT IPC 2017

The First Ever “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” are happening in London in July 2017 …

In July 2017 the strongest LGBT people from around the world will come together for the first ever LGBT International Powerlifting Championships. Organisers are expecting up to 60 participants from across the globe including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America and Slovenia. Athletes competing will include first time novice lifters through to World Champions and World record holders.

The Championships are the idea of Gay Games Powerlifters Chris Morgan and Dominic Patmore in response to Powerlifting not being included in Gay Games Paris 2018. Powerlifting had been part of Gay Games since it was first held in San Francisco in 1982. The new championships aim to bring LGBT lifters together from across the world to compete, socialise and discuss the future of LGBT Powerlifting.

Co-Promoter Chris Morgan, an eight time world champion in the sport, said …

“It is very important that LGBT Powerlifters are given the same opportunities as I’ve enjoyed over the last 18 years in the sport. LGBT lifters are very much a minority in the sport of Powerlifting and it is important that we are able to come together as a group to compete at least once a year. We have never had our own annual international championships, so to bring everyone together in London 2017 will be a very special occasion”.

Co-promoter Dominic Patmore is a Gay Games Gold Medallist from Cologne 2010, continued …

“London is the perfect location for the world’s first LGBT International Powerlifting Championships, with its diverse communities and wealth of visitor attractions. In 2017 the Powerlifting Championships will be happening on the weekend in between the World Para-athletics Championships and the World Athletics Championships , so participants will be visiting a city alive with sporting energy”. 

Participants of all abilities are welcome, regardless of age, sexuality, ability, gender and health status as there are no minimum qualifying standards for the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships. The weekend will consist of a free coaching clinic, powerlifting competition, athletes banquet, congress and closing party sponsored by Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco, with participants encouraged to come together and meet both new and old friends from within the sport.

The competition itself will take part on Saturday 29th July at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, which was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. Events being offered are Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped) and Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped).

The host hotel for the event is the Holiday Inn Express,(London City) that is within walking distance of the competition venue and is close to the restaurants and amenities offered by the trendy Shoreditch and Spitalfields Market areas of London. Holiday Inn Express are offering a special discounted room rate, all people associated with the LGBT IPC championships, staying between Thursday 27th July and Tuesday 1st August. Visit the LGBT IPC website for details.

International guests will also be interested to learn that The LGBT IPC weekend is happening the weekend before the UK’s biggest pride festival so international guests will be able to visit www.brighton-pride.org. Brighton is on the South Coast of England and is only one hour from London by train, giving an ideal opportunity for them to extend their stay and make a vacation of their trip to the UK.

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/ or their Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1695602424035594/

For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan Email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes:

  • The LGBT IPC weekend has a full programme of activities including Novices Coaching Clinic (Friday 28th July), Competition (Saturday 29th July), Athletes Banquet (Saturday 29th July), Congress (Sunday 30th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 30th July) Visit www.lgbtpowerlifing.org for more details
  • Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was formed in 1926 and is a community funded gym, located in Central London www.bgwlc.co.uk
  • The LGBT IPC weekend closing party is sponsored by The Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco www.eaglelondon.com/horse-meat-disco
  • The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004.  Powerlifting has not been included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.gaygames.org www.paris2018.com
  • World ParaAthletics Championships is happening in London 14th to 23rd July 2017 and World Athletics Championships 4th to 13th August 2017 at the Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London. www.london2017athletics.com
  • Brighton Pride Festival, The UK’s biggest Pride Festival is happening Saturday 5th August 2017 www.brighton-pride.org

Co-Promotor Biographies

Chris Morgan:

Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his eighteen year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty two times, where he has taken a total of twenty four international medals. He has been World Champion eight times, European Champion twice, British Champion Eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several World and British strength records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide. His website can be visited at www.chunkymuscle.com

Dominic Patmore:

Dominic began competing in Powerlifting in 2008, when a chance encounter put him in contact with Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club.

In his first two years he went on to win the All England Championships and placed 3rd in the British Championships in his weight class. Another chance encounter introduced him to something called the “Gay Games” happening in Cologne in 2010, where he won a Gold medal. He has since competed in the Gay Games in Cleveland 2014, where he took a Gold and Silver Medal. Dominic is the technical officer for the Great Britain Powerlifting Federation – London Division.

He hopes in some way to make sure that future generations of LGBT Powerlifters have access to the same experiences that he has had within the sport.