The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2019 are delighted to announce they have been granted a Civic Visit from the town of Blackpool, with The Worshipful Mayor, Councillor Amy Coss in attendance to perform ceremonial duties. The Lady Mayor will be presiding over the medal and award ceremonies and will be taking time to meet some of the LGBT IPC 2019 officials and athletes at the event on Saturday 20th July

Blackpool will be hosting the strongest LGBT athletes from all over the world on the weekend of 19th, 20th & 21st July, as the third edition of LGBT IPC arrives at the Blackpool Sixth Form College and will be staged in their 300 seat high tech theatre auditorium. Athletes will be making the trip from Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Romania, The United States of America and of course from all over Great Britain to perform in the disciplines of Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift.

The Championships are set to grow in size to a group approaching two hundred people, which is over four times the size of the previous events in 2017 and 2018 in London (including athletes, officials, crew, media and spectators). The Championships are accessible to those of all genders and abilities and in 2018 LGBT IPC was the first sports event in the world to introduce an optional MX Category for Trans, Intersex and Non Binary participants in any sport.

This year’s Championships will be attended by Novices, National Champions, World Champions, World Record Holders. 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 of Powerlifting.

We look forward greeting athletes, officials, coaches, crew, media and spectators in our spectacular new venue. Auditorium / Spectator tickets are still available priced at only £5 each, with all proceeds going towards the development of LGBT Powerlifting. Championship day is Saturday 20th July at Blackpool Sixth Form College, Theatre Auditorium, Blackpool, Lancashire,  FY3 7LR – Doors open at 9am. The venue will have  a Healthy Living Café will be open all day for spectators and guests to enjoy. 

Tickets are available here

More Information Can Be Found here at our website on our Facebook Group and also our event page 


Thank you to all our partners for helping us make this event possible. You can get more information about our partners at their websites:  

Chris Morgan: Male Co-President, LGBT Powerlifting Union

Chris has been one of the World’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 ten 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 six 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 at European and World level.  Charlotte was the recipient of  the LGBT IPC “Spirit Award” at the first LGBT IPC 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.