THE 2009 Masters Powerlifting Championships will be held at Hyndburn Sports Centre in March.
The event has been organised by Great Britain Powerlifting Federation (GBPF) and it has been a considerable time since such a prestigious national event has been held in the North West.
Powerlifting is a sport which developed out of Olympic weightlifting and comprises three disciplines - the squat, bench press and dead lift.
The Masters event is for the age categories both male and female over 40s, 50s, 60s and amazingly there’s a handful over 70s lifters too.
"The Masters events are popular and we are keen to promote the sport to people of all ages to show them the benefits of training with weights," said North West Powerlifting Secretary Bryn Evans.
"The Masters hasn’t been held in the North West for around 10 to 15 years as usually it is Birmingham, Sheffield, Milton Keynes and places like that.
"The authorities asked me about suitable venues so I looked around a number of leisure centres and Hyndburn was the best for lay-out, it is easily accessible from the motorway and there is plenty of parking space. It is perfect.
"We are trying to encourage people to come and watch as it has not been a huge spectator sport in the past but the competitors put in a lot of time and effort and we hope to make it more appealing.
"There should be around 80 competitors - 40 on each day - and hopefully it will be a good event."
They are looking for sponsors for the championships on March 28 and 29, contact Bryn Evans on 07769 717075.