Introducing USA Powerlifting New Hampshire!



First USAPL Open Meet in almost 20 years to be held in Peterborough, New Hampshire

PETERBOROUGH, NH — After a nearly two decade hiatus, USA Powerlifting has returned to the Granite State!

The 2016 USAPL New Hampshire Granite State Open will be held on Saturday, May 7, at Contoocook Valley Regional High School (ConVal), in Peterborough, New Hampshire. This much anticipated event is limited to the first 60 USAPL lifters who register online at Big Iron Powerlifting — 2016 USAPL NH Granite State Open Registration.

This will be the second USAPL meet held at ConVal. The first one took place on March, 27 1988. “ConVal is excited to welcome the USAPL back to New Hampshire,” said Mark Swasey, the Athletic Director for the high school. “We see this as a great opportunity to introduce our student-athletes and community as a whole, to this sport, and its mission of ensuring a drug-free competitive lifting environment for the participants.”

Former USAPL NH State Chair and World Class Master Lifter Tom Weeks was a competitor at the ConVal meet back in 1988. Ten years later, almost to the day, Weeks remembers lifting at Gold’s Gym in Manchester, at what would ultimately be the last New Hampshire USA Powerlifting meet for the next 18 years. “It was on March 22, 1998”, said Weeks, who won Best Lifter at the event for his 1,850 total, at a body weight of 260 pounds.

The Event Director for the 2016 USAPL New Hampshire Granite State Open is Mike Zawalinski. He, along with the rest of Big Iron Powerlifting, will be running the meet. Lifters will have the option of competing in a full powerlifting meet (squat, bench, deadlift), a push-pull meet (bench, deadlift), or a bench only meet. All lifters must be USAPL members. To become a USAPL member, go to

All lifters must also enter the Open Division. “We will automatically enter lifters into their appropriate age division,” said Zawalinski . “Age Divisions will be determined either by formula or total, depending on the number of entries.” These divisions include Youth, Teen, Junior, and Master.

All lifters who compete in the 2016 USAPL New Hampshire Granite State Open will have an opportunity to set or break new state records in their home states, since the USAPL officially retired the old records in December, 2014 in favor of new weight classes set by the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). Current USAPL weight classes can be found in the USAPL Technical Rule Book at USAPL Lifter’s Rule Book.

For more information about the 2016 USAPL New Hampshire Granite State Open, or about how to join the USAPL, contact Event Director Mike Zawalinski by email at , or by phone at (781) 206-4009.

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USAPL New Hampshire Lifter Jeff Hadad