2016 National Youth Championships

May 14, 2015, 12:16 p.m. (ET)

USA Weightlifting to Partner with Naturally Fit Games for Next June's Event


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (May 14, 2015)—USA Weightlifting will head to the capital city of Texas next June 22-25 for the 2016 National Youth Championships.

The USA Weightlifting National Youth Championships is the premiere weightlifting event in the nation for athletes aged 17 years old and younger, and it typically attracts the most participants of any domestic weightlifting event worldwide.

Heading to the state of Texas for the first time in its history, the National Youth Championships will follow the 2015 National Championships (Dallas), 2015 Masters World Cup (Dallas) and 2015 World Championship (Houston) in a series of high profile USA Weightlifting events to be held in the Lone Star State.

The event will partner with the Naturally Fit Games, which itself has hosted the Weightlifting Wise Championships for the previous two years at the Austin Convention Center. The Naturally Fit Games will feature events for more than 15 sports, including the Kids Zone, which will be dedicated to youth sports.

USA Weightlifting will partner with the defending men’s team national champions, Texas Barbell, coached by Ursula Papandrea, on bringing the event to life in Austin, where the club is based.

“Weightlifting has enjoyed a boom of late in central Texas in part thanks to CrossFit and other Austin fitness communities embracing the sport,” Papandrea said. “Austin is already known as one of the fittest cities in the U.S., and it is a natural fit—no pun intended—that we annually include weightlifting as part of the Naturally Fit Games, Austin’s largest fitness expo. The clubs of central Texas are excited to have the opportunity to support USA Weightlifting and the mission to promote youth weightlifting and showcase the youth of American weightlifting and the Olympians of the future. We are thrilled that are able to join forces with the Austin Sports Commission and Naturally Fit to include the 2016 National Youth Championships as part of this youth oriented expo. We are hopeful it will bring much deserved attention to the sport and help plant the seeds for more growth in the youth weightlifting community here in Austin area.”

“Naturally Fit is excited to have USA Weightlifting’s youth nationals as part of the 2016 Naturally Fit Games,” Naturally Fit Games Director Emily Talley said. “This event will align perfectly with our ‘Fit for Life’ agenda. In 2016, the Naturally Fit Games will fill the Austin Convention Center with athletes of all ages and skill levels ranging from weightlifting to grappling to functional fitness and more.”

“With the recent growth in youth participation in the state of Texas, we are excited to bring the premiere youth weightlifting event to Austin. We look forward to working with the Naturally Fit Games and Texas Barbell to deliver an enjoyable event for this critical age group,” USA Weightlifting CEO Michael Massik added.

Significantly discounted hotel rates have been secured to allow great value for money for USA Weightlifting’s athletes and coaches to attend this event. Partnering with the Austin Sports Commission, there will also be transportation provided to/from hotels (when booked in advance) and Austin-Bergstom Airport, and between hotels and the Austin Convention Center.

Entry forms and full qualifying details will be posted on or before January 15, 2016.

Discounted hotel links will be posted this June.


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