USA Weightlifting Returns to Merrillville

Merrillville April 27, 2006 - The Lake County Convention and Visitors Bureau and The Midwest Weightlifting Club will be hosting the 2006 USA Weightlifting National Collegiate Championships on April 29th and 30th. The Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza will be home to 129 of the nation’s top athletes competing for a chance to qualify for the World University Games in Izmir, Turkey in June.

The Midwest Weightlifting Club will be featuring four of its very own athletes at this weekend’s event including Vance Newgard, Chris Spurlock, Dennis Stora, and Phil Redina. “It’s a great opportunity to showcase our local talent on a national stage,” said Frank Eksten, the President of the Midwest Weightlifting Club.

Created in 2001, the Midwest Weightlifting Club is one of only 9 Community Olympic Development Programs in the nation. The Midwest Weightlifting has hosted its share of prestigious events as well including the 2004 USA Weightlifting National Championships, the 2005 National School Age Championships, with a Junior National Championship scheduled in 2007.

The event is scheduled for 9am – 10pm on Saturday and 10am – 5pm on Sunday and is open to the public. A $5 donation will be taken at the door to help support the Midwest Weightlifting Club.

The Lake County CVB, in cooperation with organizations such as Midwest Weightlifting Club, has hosted 15 national sports competitions, qualifiers, and tournaments in Lake County since February 2005. The economic impact of these events exceeds $1.2 million and given future bookings is expected to double in the next year.

For more information on USA Weightlifting and the Midwest Chapter, contact Frank Eksten, the President of Midwest Weightlifting, at (219) 865-6969 ext. 325.

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