The 2018 USA Powerlifting Phoenix Task Force Powerlifting Festival held this past September in Dover began on a high note with Master of Ceremonies (and Phoenix Task Force member) Kelly Smith proudly and powerfully singing our country’s National Anthem. Kelly’s impressive knowledge of USA Powerlifting rules coupled with his positive energy set the tone for a dynamic meet. Everyone had a great time!
While it wasn’t our largest meet, it definitely was a fun and exciting one. We got to see 10-year-old, 57Kg Phoenix Task Force lifter Addie Sylvester go 9-for-9 in her first powerlifting meet, then watch USA World Team member M3 lifter Denise Thomas win the 63KG weight class in the Open Division, and Masters Division, resulting in her being awarded best female lifter by Wilks.
Twenty-seven year old, 83Kg competitor Alex Schwartz was a force on the platform, and won the Male Best Lifter award with a 595Kg lifting total. Both Denise and Alex received gift bags courtesy of GNC.
Phoenix Task Force lifter Esteban Rubens came in first place in the Men’s Masters Division with a winning Wilks of 363.102, followed by Christopher Engebretson who was a close second with a Wilks score of 362.718.
A very special thank you to all of the lifters, volunteers and the spectators who came out to support this event. Katherine Berger, you are a miracle worker. Thank you for all that you do for USA Powerlifting New Hampshire. Thank you also Steven Milioto-Crowe, Stephen and Jaime Staples for being our spotters and loaders. You were all so professional and did such a great job. You guys are the best.
Thank you also to Royce Claflin and Sara Zela for once again opening up your fitness center and extending your wonderful New England hospitality to everyone who walked through your doors. Your team is a big part of USA Powerlifting New Hampshire. Thank you for your positive influence on our community.
And finally, thank you to Michael Zawilinski for driving all the way from Rhode Island during the early hours of the morning to make it to New Hampshire on time to setup and run our meet.