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The Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender (LGBT) International Powerlifting Championships will be held in Blackpool this year taking place on Friday 17th – 19th July at the Blackpool Sixth Form College.

As this year’s chosen charity of The Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, Empowerment will benefit from monies raised during the event which coincides with the theme this year – The Empowerment Edition.

Amy Cross, The Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, reacting to the announcement said:

“It was wonderful to watch the LGBT International Powerlifting Championship last year and present the athletes medals. The contestants showed their strength in a number of ways, explaining how they had come to be in the competition and sharing their experiences.

The people I met were brave, kind and happy. This group of people were inspirational and helped to empower each other. I’m absolutely delighted that LGBT IPC has adopted the Mayors Charity Empowerment, as their theme for 2020”.

Athletes will compete in the disciplines of Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift. Last year’s event attracted 50 athletes and a further 100 coaches, friends, family and spectators from countries including Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Romania, USA and of course the host nation Great Britain – numbers are expected to increase this year and general registration is now open for LGBT IPC 2020.

The LGBT International Powerlifting Championships are all gender inclusive and everyone is welcome to participate regardless of gender, sexuality, race religion or ability – there are in fact no qualifying standards. In 2018 LGBT IPC was the first sports event in the world to introduce an optional MX Category, welcoming Trans, Non Binary and Intersex athletes to participate and compete in sports. The new MX Category was introduced for the 2018 event and the policy continues for our 2020 event.

Trans men or Trans women who have decided to transition– are welcome to participate within either Male, Female or within MX Category. The MX Category is also for people who do not identify as one or the other, such as Non Binary or Intersex.

Chris Morgan, Male Co-President and Charlotte Wareing, Female Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, comments:

“Last 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.

“We are delighted to be inviting Lady Mayor Amy Cross back to the Championships, along with her chosen Charity Empowerment as our theme for 2020. The purpose of LGBT IPC is to provide a safe space for LGBT strength athletes to connect, grow and feel Empowered. The collaboration with Empowerment Charity is the perfect way for us to embrace these values”.

Much valued partners who make LGBT IPC possible include: Blackpool Sixth Form College, Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, Casson’s Strength, Cottage Bakery, Fighting Fit Powerlifting Club, Funny Girls, Pride Sports, Wilkinsons Hotel Group and of course our new partner for 2020 Blackpool’s very own “Empowerment Charity”.

Mike Crowther, Chief Executive Officer of Empowerment Charity, reacting to the invitation for Empowerment comments:

I am delighted that ‘Empowerment’ is the chosen charity partner for the LGBT IPC in 2020. As a charity we empower everyone we support to reach their own unique potential, no matter who they are. The values of the LGBT IPC match ‘Empowerment’ values and that’s why we are such a perfect partnership!

The weekend promises to be a hive of activity with the following schedule:

  • Athletes Meeting and Technical Briefing, Friday 17thJuly
  • Powerlifting Competition, Saturday 18thJuly
  • LGBT Powerlifting Union Congress, Sunday 19thJuly
  • Closing Party at Funny Girls with buffet banquet, Monday 20thJuly

Alongside the scheduled events there will also be a healthy living café and free entry to the LGBT bars. For more information please visit www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or www.empowermentcharity.org.uk

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