OGDEN (January 14, 2015) – USA Weightlifting’s National event series will return to the Beehive state in September 2015 when Weber State University hosts the National University Championship at the University’s Wildcat Center.
The competition determines the Strongest College in America, and is the primary qualification event for the World University Championship.
Weber State University has its own Weightlifting club, and offers tuition waivers to National level athletes and above, having begun the University’s involvement in 2013 the Ogden, Utah based school saw bringing the National University Championships to the campus as a logical next step for its program. The event will feature three existing and established programs such as the US Olympic Training Site at East Tennessee State University, the US Olympic Education Center at Northern Michigan University and the USA Weightlifting High Performance Center at Louisiana State University at Shreveport.
Utah’s weightlifting community, having hosted a reputable National Championships in nearby Salt Lake City, and led by Chairwoman Debbie Carroll, have partnered with the University as well as the Utah Sports Commission and Visit Ogden to bring this event to Utah for the first time. The coalition will be providing transportation from both Salt Lake City International Airport and Ogden Regional Airports for participants.
Dr. Norm Tarbox, Vice President of Administrative Services with Weber State University commented, “Weber State and our community partners are thrilled to host USA Weightlifting for its 2015 National University Championship. Athletes and fans will find our facilities to be top-notch, our community of Ogden to be spectacular, and our hospitality to be unmatched. Thanks to USA Weightlifting for this tremendous opportunity”.
“The commitment that Weber State University has shown in a short time to Weightlifting is impressive and together with the track record that Utah has with the 2014 National Championships, we are confident this will be a fantastic event for the strongest students in America.”
"It's an incredible opportunity for Utah host another USA Weightlifting Championship," said Jeff Robbins, president and CEO of the Utah Sports Commission. "Utah continues to benefit from this partnership with USA Weightlifting, both economically and in furthering our state's Olympic legacy efforts."