Powerlifting national qualifiers begin
The first of three discipline-specific powerlifting meets that serve as qualifiers for the National Powerlifting Association of Jamaica’s (NPAJ) National Trials begins today at the Fit Farm Fitness Club at 3 p.m.
Dubbed the Powerlifting Series, athletes will compete in individual lifts with the aim of qualifying for the National Championship in November. Today’s qualifier will be a squat-only meet.
The Powerlifting Series is the first of its kind in Jamaica under the guidance of the NPAJ, which is affiliated with the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF).
Jeremy Owen, the chairperson of the NPAJ’s competitions committee, says that scheduling the meets individually was a strategic decision. According to Owen, the NPAJ hopes to widen the pool of athletes that will be able to attain the required qualification weight mark or total for the National Championship.
The meets begin with the squats today before moving on to bench press, and finally deadlift, replicating the order of a full powerlifting competition.
The squat-only meet will provide lifters with their first attempt to stake a claim for a spot at the National Championship. Owen states that there is a consensus that powerlifters with a strong squat predominantly do well in the other lifts, especially the deadlifts. This means the squat-only meet should provide a glimpse of what to expect in the bench press and deadlift meets scheduled for July and September, respectively.
The Powerlifting Series is a senior competition, so everyone 18 years old and older can compete once they have already gone through the registration process.