USA Powerlifting New Hampshire closed 2017 on an optimistically high note. Our membership has increased from 37 members in January 2016 to 185 members in December 2017. We also grew our state referee pool from three to seven, and are very fortunate to have two of the very best national referees in the country. A third national referee is projected for 2018.
2017 brought three USAPL meets to New Hampshire. The first was the state championship at ConVal High School in Peterborough in April, followed by the Phoenix Task Force Powerlifting Festival in Dover in September, then the Iron Empire Fall Classic also in Dover, in November.
A very special thank you to ConVal Athletic Director Mark Swasey, Phoenix Fitness owners Royce Claflin and Sara Zela, and Iron Empire owner John Rudolph for your generous hospitality in inviting USAPL New Hampshire into each of your facilities this past year. You have been instrumental in helping USAPL New Hampshire thrive and grow. As a result, the USAPL New Hampshire lifters are excelling. Each meet in 2017 had an average of 55 lifters. Many lifters set new state records or broke existing ones at our local meets.
It was great to see 12 New Hampshire lifters competing at Raw Nationals in Scranton, PA in October, with four of them placing in one of the top five spots for their divisions and weight classes. Congratulations to Denise Thomas who won first place in the Women’s 63Kg Raw Master 3 Division, Chris Colbert who won third place in the Women’s 84+ Kg Raw Master M1 Division, Eric LaPointe who won third in the Men’s 74Kg Open Division and Nicholas Guidice who won fourth place in the Men’s 105Kg Open Division. Both Eric and Nicholas did so well that they were nominated to compete at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival in March. In other National Meet news, we had Ivan Carrier win the gold in the 2017 American Open in California and National Referee Erika Myers win fourth place at the 35th Annual Open National Championship in Florida. And finally, congratulations to Cindy Tilton who won silver in the 84+ M1 Master Raw Division at the International Powerlifting Federation World Bench Championship in April in Killeen, TX.
There’s a lot more strength and excitement to look forward to in 2018. In less than three weeks, we have the USAPL Arkitect Open in Concord on January 27, and the USA Powerlifting New Hampshire State Championship in Peterborough on Saturday, April 28. There are also a couple of other meets tentatively scheduled for Dover and Nashua. For details on any of the above, contact USAPL New Hampshire State Chair Lizz Smullen at firstname.lastname@example.org.