VINTON–At the Bench Press competition held at the Lancerlot last spring, several weightlifters brought up the possibility of holding a Power lifting competition at the sports complex. The bench press event was highly successful, drawing a crowd of about 30 participants and over a hundred spectators.
As a result, Robin Hartman, who helped organize that event, along with Kathleen Sink, the Events Coordinator at the Lancerlot, have put together the Power Lifting Meet for October 5. Both work as Aerobics Coordinators and instructors at the Lancerlot. Hartman is also a personal trainer.
A Power Lifting competition combines dead lifts, squats, and bench press. Competitors attempt to lift as much weight as possible for one repetition in all three events.
In the deadlift, a loaded barbell is lifted off the ground from a stabilized, bent over position and raised above the head. The weightlifter is pulling the weight up off the floor which requires strength in the muscles of the back.
The squat starts with the lifter standing erect and the bar loaded with weights resting on his or her shoulders. The weight is pressing downward. At the referee’s command the lifter bends the knees and drops into a squatting position and then returns to an erect position. Once the bar is returned to the rack, the lift is completed.
In the bench press, the lifter lies on a bench, takes the loaded bar at arm’s length, and lowers the bar to the chest. When the referee gives a “press” command, the lifter pushes the barbell upwards with both hands until the arms are straight, holding it until the referee says “Rack” and then returns the weight to the rack.
This will be the first such meet at the Lancerlot and the only one of its kind locally.
Registration has already begun for the meet and continues through the morning of the competition. Those interested may contact Hartman by phone at 540-798-9707. The cost for the event is $65. Those who enter must perform all three lifts.
For those who only wish to participate in the bench press category, the charge is $25. The bench press competition is by weight class.
Weigh-ins are on Friday, October 4, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. and on the morning of the meet from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
The meet begins at 9:00 a.m. on October 5 and continues into the afternoon.
Spectators are welcome free of charge. There will be a concession stand, 50/50 tickets for sale, door prizes and T-shirts on sale.
“Come out and show what you are made of,” is the challenge from Hartman.
Doug Currence, a power lifter from West Virginia, will be a judge for the event. He is a sanctioned judge, although this first Power Lifting meet is not a sanctioned event (one that involves random drug testing).
United Select AAU Basketball which rents space at the Lancerlot, will be holding a fundraiser on the same day at the facility. This is an opportunity for the organization to “Meet and Greet” families in the area and make them aware of the opportunities that exist for their children. Student athletes try-out and are “selected” for the teams which travel to tournaments throughout the state and southeast region.
The Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) is one of the largest, non-profit, volunteer, sports organizations in the United States. They are dedicated exclusively to the promotion and development of amateur sports and physical fitness programs.
The United Select now located in Vinton is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to “micro-manage” student athletes both academically and athletically to enable them to qualify for college scholarships. They teach basketball fundamentals and help students to excel in the sport and in school. Their program is based on the principles of “God first; academics second; basketball is a privilege.”
Program organizers monitor the school performance of the athletes chosen for the teams. If they do not pass their classes, they spend time in study hall and are only allowed to practice, not participate in games, until their grades improve.
The group sponsors teams for boys and girls in grades three through twelve from throughout the region. Their practices are held at the Lancerlot facility, generally twice a week.
Coach Mo Warren, who coaches at North Cross School, is the Director of Training for the United Select. He sees basketball on this level as the “ticket to a free college education.” Mike Woody is the president of United Select. He and his wife Emily are realtors for Chase Morgan Associates.
Their activities on October 5 will include a bake sale, a cornhole tournament for adults, face painting, and sharing information about their program.
The stated goals of United Select are to “enhance the growth and experience of the student athlete, to prepare students academically and athletically for the collegiate level, to develop leadership skills, to build character, and to provide scholarship opportunities.” Their plan is for student athletes to “Dream big, work hard, and succeed.”
Families interested in having their children participate in United Select Basketball may call their office at the Lancerlot at 981-0205.