In The South

LGBT International Powerlifting Championships 2019 a huge success

Besi Besemar July 24, 2019

The LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-Sexual, Transgender) International Powerlifting Championships (LGBT IPC) were held in Blackpool from July 19-21.

FIFTY athletes and a further hundred coaches, friends, family and spectators attended the event, making it the largest LGBT Powerlifting event of all time with regards to overall engagement.

Athletes travelled from all over the world including Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Romania, The United States of America and to participate in this unique Powerlifting Competition.

Chris Morgan
Chris Morgan

Chris Morgan, The Meet Director of LGBT IPC, and Male Co-President of the LGBT Powerlifting Union, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the overall growth in the LGBT IPC Championships and are now focused on improving on this again in 2020. To think that we started out with only 20 lifters in 2017 and 40 lifters in 2018, we have come a long way in a short space of time. We are immensely proud of the whole group and their achievements this last weekend.

“This 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 together”.

He continued: “We would like to thank The Worshipful Mayor of Blackpool, Councillor Amy Cross and the town of Blackpool for granting a Civic visit to the LGBT IPC Championships. We are hugely grateful to our partners The Blackpool Sixth Form College, Pride Sports, Funny Girls, Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, Casson’s Strength, Fighting Fit Powerlifting Club, The Cottage Bakery, Wilkinson Hotel Group and Compete Diversity Network, all without whom we could not of delivered the event to such a high production standards. We already have plans for significant improvements to next year’s event and once again would like to invite the whole of the LGBT Powerlifting Community to experience LGBT IPC.”

The LGBT IPC 2020 event will return to Blackpool’s Theatre Auditorium on July 17-19, where once again the strongest LGBT Powerlifters in the world will participate in Technical Meeting, Competition (Squat, Bench Press and Deadlift), Social Events, Congress and Closing Party.

For more information about LGBT IPC 2020, click here:

If you would like to pre-register as a participant for LGBT IPC 2020 email your details to meet director Chris Morgan at