California Weightlifting Fund Hosts Olympic Weightlifting Hopefuls March 20-22, 2009

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The USAW National Junior Championships and Pan American Secondary Qualifiers are open to the public in Foster City, CA on March 20, 21, and 22, 2009. Hosted by California Weightlifting Fund, the event brings the country's top Olympic Weightlifters to the Bay Area to compete for a chance to represent the USA.

California Weightlifting Fund is proud to present the USAW National Junior Championships and Pan American Secondary Qualifiers at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Foster City, CA on March 20, 21, and 22, 2009.

Open to the public, the event brings the country's top Olympic Weightlifters under 20 years old to the Bay Area to compete for a chance to represent the USA team at the 2009 Junior World Championships in Romania.

At the same time, top adult lifters will also compete to join the US Team in Chicago this summer at the Pan American Games.

"We're very excited to host the Nationals this year, bringing young lifters together from all over the country, both men and women, to compete for spots on the national teams that will represent the USA," said Meet Director Rob Earwicker of FIT Barbell Club.

Weightlifting Not Just for Big Men Anymore

Olympic Weightlifting is distinct from powerlifting or bodybuilding. Olympic weightlifting requires explosive strength and technique to master two highly technical lifts, the Snatch and Clean and Jerk.

Like wrestling, Olympic Weightlifters compete in classes, one of eight men's and seven women's divisions determined by their body mass. A lifter in a lighter weight class often lifts more in proportion to his or her bodyweight. The women's classes are the fastest growing segment of the sport, especially since the 2000 Sydney Games when women were admitted to the competition.

Event Information

Competition begins at 10am and continues until 7pm. Spectators are welcome at any time. Admission is $5 per day or $12 for a 3-day pass. Parking is free at the Crowne Plaza.

Can't attend in person? The event will also be broadcast free online at http://www.justin.tv/cwfund

For more information about the event and CWF, go to http://www.usawjuniornationals.com.

For more information about USA Weightlifting, visit weightlifting.teamusa.org.

About California Weightlifting Fund:

California Weightlifting Fund is a non-profit corporation with the goal of supporting, encouraging and promoting the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. We encourage lifters by funding and hosting regional and national competitions, training coaches, recruiting and training novice athletes, and funding travel expenses to help athletes compete on the national and international level.

We are particularly focused on recruiting, training and development of young athletes ranging from beginners to international competitors. We believe that a wide range of youth from 12 to 25 years old can benefit from weightlifting whether they lift only for fun or grow to compete at the national or international level.

We know that exposure to weightlifting can motivate otherwise sedentary kids to get up and move. All shapes, sizes, genders, ages and cultures find weightlifting rewarding. We believe that exposure to the sport at an early age offers fitness and health alternatives that set habits for life; particularly for those that don't have the size, shape or inclination to excel in traditional high school sports.

For more information, go to http://www.californiaweightlifting.org.

Contact
Dave Corbin
California Weightlifting Fund
650-823-1124
http://www.californiaweightlifting.org/

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