USA Weightlifting is proud to announce that the 2018 Nike National Junior Championships powered by Rogue Fitness will be held in Spokane, Washington this February 15 to 18, 2018.
The Nike National Junior Championship, powered by Rogue Fitness, is the premier event for athletes aged 20 and under in the United States. It also acts as a qualification event for the Junior Pan American Championship and IWF World Junior Championship.
“We are so happy to return to the Pacific Northwest,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “We have great athletes who call this part of the United States home and we cannot wait to get there.”
Subject to approval of selection procedures by the United States Olympic Committee, the event will also serve as a qualification event for the 2018 Youth Olympic Games to be held in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
This is the first time in many years that USA Weightlifting takes a national event to the Pacific Northwest. This is the first time ever Spokane will play host to the National Junior Championships.
“We look forward to bringing our premiere Junior event to the Pacific Northwest for the first time,” USA Weightlifting Senior Events Manager Pedro Meloni said. “Thank you to the City of Spokane and to our host clubs for your willingness to host the United States’ best athletes.”
Spokane has hosted events for USA Boxing, USA Judo and other national championship events in recent years. The city is including transportation to and from the airport for all participants, as well as providing an outstanding venue at the Spokane Convention Center.
“We are so excited that USA Weightlifting has selected Spokane for its 2018 Junior Nationals,” Spokane Sports Commission President Eric Sawyer said. “It’s an honor to have one of their signature events coming to town.”
Clubs from both Washington and Idaho have pledged their support for the event, in return for which they will directly receive benefit from the City of Spokane.
Qualifying totals, hotel booking information and registration information will be posted at a later date.