Last weekend the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) International Powerlifting Championships were held in Blackpool, United Kingdom (19th, 20th & 21st July). The Organiser’s of the event LGBT IPC are reporting that 50 athletes and a further 100 coaches, friends, family and spectators attended the event, which is the largest LGBT Powerlifting event of all time in regards to overall engagement. Over the last two year’s we have been planning for what we hoped would be a hugely significant moment for LGBT Powerlifting globally and we feel honored that athletes travelled from all over the world (including Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Romania, The United States of America and of course the host nation Great Britain) to participate in this unique Powerlifting Competition.

Chris Morgan, The Meet Director of LGBT IPC, Male Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, commenting on this year’s Championships ….

“We are absolutely delighted with the overall growth in the LGBT IPC Championships and are now focused on improving on this again in 2020. To think that we started out with only 20 lifters in 2017 and 40 lifters in 2018, we have come a long way in a short space of time. We are immensely proud of the whole group and their achievements this last weekend.

“This year’s event saw National and World record standard performances, a Civic Visit from the Lady Mayor of Blackpool and even a marriage proposal during the medal ceremonies. The atmosphere in “The Auditorium” was electric, with lifters of all abilities taking part from novices, through to national and world standard lifters – all coming together and creating a magical experience together”.

We would like to thank The Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross and the town of Blackpool in granting a Civic visit to the LGBT IPC Championships. We are hugely grateful to our partners The Blackpool Sixth Form College, Pride Sports, Funny Girls, Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, Casson’s Strength, Fighting Fit Powerlifting Club, The Cottage Bakery, Wilkinson Hotel Group and Compete Diversity Network, all without whom we could not of delivered the event to such a high production standards. We already have plans for significant improvements to next year’s event and once again would like to invite the whole of the LGBT Powerlifting Community to experience LGBT IPC.

The LGBT IPC 2020 event will return to Blackpool’s Theatre Auditorium on the 17th, 18th, 19th July, where once again the strongest LGBT Powerlifters in the world will participate in Technical Meeting, Competition (Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift), Social Events, Congress and Closing Party. For more information about LGBT IPC 2020 visit our website www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or our Facebook Group  https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/ . If you would like to pre-register as a participant for LGBT IPC 2020 email your details to meet director Chris Morgan at chunky@chunkymuscle.com