Erie, PA: The Erie Sports Commission will host two national events in the Erie region this weekend, highlighted by the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation World Championships, which will be held at the Bayfront Convention Center for the second year. More than 300 pre-qualified lifters from around the world are registered to compete in the four-day event.
The competing athletes represent 17 states and seven countries, including South Africa, Israel, Ireland, Russia and Ukraine. All competitors are members of the 100% RAW Powerlifting Federation and have placed in the top five in a qualifying competition between 2015 and 2017.
Competitors are separated into men’s and women’s divisions where they will compete in various age and weight classes. The powerlifting event consists of squat, bench and deadlift events. The competition will be urinalysis drug tested to ensure an even competition field.
The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, October 5: Strict Curl World Championships – all lifters begin at 6 p.m.
Friday, October 6: Female World Championships – full power flights begin at 9 a.m.
Saturday, October 7: Men’s Lightweight World Championships – full power flights begin at 9 a.m.
Sunday, October 8: Men’s Heavyweight World Championships – full power flights begin at 9 a.m.
Admission is $10. Tickets may be purchased at the Bayfront Convention Center Box Office, which will be open 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information visit www.rawpowerlifting.com.
USA Ultimate to Host Northeastern Youth Club Regional Championships beginning Saturday
USA Ultimate, the national governing body for the sport of ultimate, will host its Northeastern Youth Club Regional Championship event at Family First Sports Park Saturday, October 7 and Sunday, October 8. Four USA Ultimate Youth Club Regional events will be held throughout the United States in 2017, replacing the high school regional events that were held from 2012-2016. The Erie event is being co-hosted by Erie Ultimate League.
Games will begin at 9 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and will last until approximately 3:45 p.m. For more information, visit www.usaultimate.org.
The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.