Competition & Event Calendar 2017 …

Chris Morgan is delighted to have joined the exciting and progressive GPC-GB and is looking forward to representing Great Britain in 2017.

It’s going to be a whole new experience. The world of 24 hour weigh in, Texas Deadlift Bar and Double Ply Suits.

Full competition Calendar can be found here http://www.chunkymuscle.com/?page_id=71 

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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LGBT INTERNATIONAL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS – LONDON 2017

The First Ever “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships” are happening in London in July 2017 …

In July 2017 the strongest LGBT people from around the world will come together for the first ever LGBT International Powerlifting Championships. Organisers are expecting up to 60 participants from across the globe including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, United Kingdom, United States of America and Slovenia. Athletes competing will include first time novice lifters through to World Champions and World record holders.

The Championships are the idea of Gay Games Powerlifters Chris Morgan and Dominic Patmore in response to Powerlifting not being included in Gay Games Paris 2018. Powerlifting had been part of Gay Games since it was first held in San Francisco in 1982. The new championships aim to bring LGBT lifters together from across the world to compete, socialise and discuss the future of LGBT Powerlifting.

Co-Promoter Chris Morgan, an eight time world champion in the sport, said …

“It is very important that LGBT Powerlifters are given the same opportunities as I’ve enjoyed over the last 18 years in the sport. LGBT lifters are very much a minority in the sport of Powerlifting and it is important that we are able to come together as a group to compete at least once a year. We have never had our own annual international championships, so to bring everyone together in London 2017 will be a very special occasion”.

Co-promoter Dominic Patmore is a Gay Games Gold Medallist from Cologne 2010, continued …

“London is the perfect location for the world’s first LGBT International Powerlifting Championships, with its diverse communities and wealth of visitor attractions. In 2017 the Powerlifting Championships will be happening on the weekend in between the World Para-athletics Championships and the World Athletics Championships , so participants will be visiting a city alive with sporting energy”. 

Participants of all abilities are welcome, regardless of age, sexuality, ability, gender and health status as there are no minimum qualifying standards for the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships. The weekend will consist of a free coaching clinic, powerlifting competition, athletes banquet, congress and closing party sponsored by Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco, with participants encouraged to come together and meet both new and old friends from within the sport.

The competition itself will take part on Saturday 29th July at Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club, which was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. Events being offered are Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped), Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped) and Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped).

The host hotel for the event is the Holiday Inn Express,(London City) that is within walking distance of the competition venue and is close to the restaurants and amenities offered by the trendy Shoreditch and Spitalfields Market areas of London. Holiday Inn Express are offering a special discounted room rate, all people associated with the LGBT IPC championships, staying between Thursday 27th July and Monday 30th July. Visit the LGBT IPC website for details.

International guests will also be interested to learn that The LGBT IPC weekend is happening the weekend before the UK’s biggest pride festival so international guests will be able to visit www.brighton-pride.org. Brighton is on the South Coast of England and is only one hour from London by train, giving an ideal opportunity for them to extend their stay and make a vacation of their trip to the UK.

For more details about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships and to register your interest visit their website: www.lgbtpowerlifting.org or their Facebook Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/203653086703441/ or their Facebook Event Page https://www.facebook.com/events/1695602424035594/

For more information about the event contact Chris Morgan Email Chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Editors Notes:

  • The LGBT IPC weekend has a full programme of activities including Novices Coaching Clinic (Friday 28th July), Competition (Saturday 29th July), Athletes Banquet (Saturday 29th July), Congress (Sunday 30th July) and Closing Party (Sunday 30th July) Visit www.lgbtpowerlifing.org for more details
  • Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was formed in 1926 and is a community funded gym, located in Central London www.bgwlc.co.uk
  • The LGBT IPC weekend closing party is sponsored by The Eagle Bar and The World Famous Horse Meat Disco www.eaglelondon.com/horse-meat-disco
  • The sport of Powerlifting was part of the programme of Gay Games in nine Gay Games from 1982 San Francisco through to Gay Games 2014 in Cleveland Ohio. It was also part of the World Out games in Montreal in 2006. Bench Press Single Event was part of the Eurogames in Munich in 2004.  Powerlifting has not been included in Gay Games Paris 2018 www.gaygames.org www.paris2018.com
  • World ParaAthletics Championships is happening in London 14th to 23rd July 2017 and World Athletics Championships 4th to 13th August 2017 at the Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park London. www.london2017athletics.com
  • Brighton Pride Festival, The UK’s biggest Pride Festival is happening Saturday 5th August 2017 www.brighton-pride.org

Co-Promotor Biographies

Chris Morgan:

Chris has been one of the UK’s leading openly gay athletes since starting his Powerlifting career at the Gay Games in 1998.

During his eighteen year career he has represented England and Great Britain a total of twenty two times, where he has taken a total of twenty four international medals. He has been World Champion eight times, European Champion twice, British Champion Eighteen times and has won six Gay Games gold medals. In 2010 and 2011 he was the overall Best Lifter at the British Deadlift Championships and in 2011 was the overall Best Lifter at the European Deadlift Championships. He is the holder of several World and British strength records in the Deadlift.

Chris is constantly working for the organisation that gave him confidence to be an openly gay athlete, as a global ambassador. His role for the Federation of Gay Games is to inspire and motivate young gay athletes worldwide. His website can be visited at www.chunkymuscle.com

Dominic Patmore:

Dominic began competing in Powerlifting in 2008, when a chance encounter put him in contact with Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club.

In his first two years he went on to win the All England Championships and placed 3rd in the British Championships in his weight class. Another chance encounter introduced him to something called the “Gay Games” happening in Cologne in 2010, where he won a Gold medal. He has since competed in the Gay Games in Cleveland 2014, where he took a Gold and Silver Medal. Dominic is the technical officer for the Great Britain Powerlifting Federation – London Division.

He hopes in some way to make sure that future generations of LGBT Powerlifters have access to the same experiences that he has had within the sport.

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Chris Morgan Leaving BDFPA ………

Official Statement – Chris Morgan leaving BDFPA

Many of you will be aware that Chris is back in training for International season 2017 after his knee surgery and he’s looking forward to representing England and Great Britain again.

It may surprise some people, but he’s decided that this will not be with the British Drug Free Powerlifting Association / World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation and he has resigned his membership of the organisation.

He would like to Thank you to all of his and colleagues within the BDFPA for their support throughout my career so far. He’s now looking forward to exciting and inspirational new challenges that lie ahead.

He will share more about his competition calendar for 2017 in the coming weeks. After 18 years in the sport, it’s time for something new and to broaden his horizons.

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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LGBT INTERNATIONAL POWERLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2017 & 2018

Following our recent survey The Inaugral “LGBT International Powerlifting Championships”, will happen 28th, 29th and 30th July 2017.

The championships will be hosted by Gay Games Powerlifters Chris Morgan and Dominic Patmore with the assistance of Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club in London … 

Bethnal Green Weightlifting Club was established in 1926 and is well known for its strong commitment to diversity within the communities it serves. www.bgwlc.co.uk

We are very grateful for their offer of assistance with equipment, officials and platform staff to run this event. The LGBTIPC will be held in London in both 2017 and 2018.

Information for foreign visitors and guests …

Please note the powerlifting weekend in 2017 is scheduled to be the weekend before The UK’s Biggest Pride Festival www.brighton-pride.org

Brighton is on the South Coast of England and is only one hour from London by train. An ideal opportunity for our International Guests to make a summer vacation of their trip.

In 2018 we plan to run the Championships the same weekend, which will be the weekend before the Opening of Gay Games in Paris.

Paris is only two hours from London by Eurostar and “Team Powerlifting” we will be able to attend the Opening Ceremony and Parties as a group.

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Friday 28th July 2017 – Afternoon / Evening 

Rules Briefing & Coaching Clinic for novice lifters

Venue: Bethnel Green Weightlifting Club
www.bgwlc.co.uk

Saturday 29th July 2017 – Daytime

LGBT International Powerlifting Championships – London 2017

This a Non Sanctioned Event – Using IPF Rules. There are no qualifying standards for this competition. All lifters are welcome regardless of experience, ability or health status.

Competition Day – Please note all events will run at the same time.

Athletes will either enter Full Power, Push & Pull, or Single Lifts as we plan to run flights “Back to Back”!

It may be possible for Single Lift athletes to enter both Unequipped and Equipped categories once we know the likely overall numbers.

Full Powerlifting (Equipped & Unequipped)
Push & Pull (Equipped & Unequipped)
Single Lift Squat (Equipped & Unequipped)
Single Lift Bench (Equipped & Unequipped)
Single Lift Deadlift (Equipped & Unequipped)

Venue: Bethnel Green Weightlifting Club
www.bgwlc.co.uk

MORE DETAILS ABOUT RULES, WEIGHTCLASSES AND ENTRY FEES TO FOLLOW SOON.

Saturday 29th July 2017 – Evening

Powerlifters Banquet

Venue: To Be Confirmed

Sunday 30th July 2017 – Afternoon

LGBT Powerlifting Congress – to discuss the future of LGBT Powerlifting

Venue: To Be Confirmed

Sunday 30th July 2017 – Evening

Powerlifters Social Event

Venue: To Be Confirmed

For more information about the LGBT International Powerlifting Championships contact Chris Morgan by email chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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Chelsea Football Club Magazine – “One of Us” Interview

Chris Morgan was recently a guest of Chelsea Football Club for their Building Bridges Equality Game.

As part of their Building Bridges anti discrimination campaign Chris appeared on Chelsea Television and also in their club magazine. Follow this link to read the magazine interview, which focuses on Diversity in Sport and Homophobia in Football. http://www.chunkymuscle.com/?page_id=474

Chelsea FC have recently launched their first LGBT Fan Club www.chelseafc.com/news/latest-news/2016/02/first-lgbt-fan-group-formed.html

If you are interested in joining please email chelsea@gfsn.org.uk or Facebook www.facebook.com/groups/938849702816057/

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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Gay Games Powerlifting – Past, Present, Future …

Chris Morgan’s has recently written an article about Gay Games Powerlifting - Past, Present, Future 

Here are some extracts from the article … 

Past …

“Powerlifting has been part of the Gay Games since the first event was held in San Francisco in 1982 and has since taken place in every Gay Games right through to the one that was last held in Cleveland in 2014″.

Present …

“Sadly, we have now received a final response from Paris 2018 and they are unwilling to support an LGBT Powerlifting competition during the Gay Games in Paris”.

Future … 

“In direct response to this news Gay Powerlifters Chris Morgan and Dominic Patmore have decided to invite all LGBT Powerlifters to London in Summer 2017 and Summer 2018 for International LGBT Championships”.

You can read the full article by clicking here …

http://www.chunkymuscle.com/?page_id=409

LONDON 2017 & LONDON 2018

Chris is inviting all LGBT Powerlifters to complete the following survey relating to LGBT Powerlifting – London 2017 and London 2018 …

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/JV75ZJD

If you have any questions you are welcome to email Chris Morgan chunky@chunkymuscle.com

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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Endurance Invitational 2016 – Bench Press & Deadlift For Repetitions …

The 2nd Annual “Endurance Invitational” will be happening on Saturday 13th August 2016 at Steves Gym, Newton Abbot in Devon.

Individual Competition: Juniors, Seniors, Masters
Team Competition: (Either All Male, All Female or Mixed Teams)

and NEW FOR 2016 !

Masters 40+, 50+ and 60+
Overall Men’s and Women’s Supreme “Push & Pull” Champions

If you enjoyed last years charity event, please bring along at least one more person and lets try and get at least 60 lifters.

More details to follow soon.

Visit Chris’ competition calendar to find out where he is going to be competing, refereeing and hosting in 2016.

http://www.chunkymuscle.com/?page_id=71

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Amhbassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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Chris Morgan Inducted to The Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame …

Chris Morgan has been inducted to the Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame in a ceremony that took place on Friday 24th July at the Center on Halsted Street in Chicago, The complete list of 2015 inductees are:

Kye Allums, an activist and the first out transgender Division I basketball player.

Megan Rapinoe, an American pro soccer player, Olympic gold medalist, and 2015 World Cup champion who came out as lesbian.

Roy Simmons, a former pro football player who came out as gay after he retired and who died in 2014.

Helen Hull Jacobs,  a top-ranked tennis player who won 10 Grand Slam titles and was known to be a lesbian. She died in 1997.

Dale Scott, the first out active Major League Baseball umpire

Among the Class of 2015 are several with a strong connection to the international Gay Games movement…

Roger Brigham, the Federation of Gay Games Honorary Life Member who was the first openly gay sports editor at a major metropolitan daily, the Anchorage Daily News, in 1982. He also the founded the Equality Coaching Alliance (now with more than 200 members). He’s also the author of the Bay Area Reporter.‘s “Jock Talk” sports column.

Gene Dermody who is a rare veteran of every one of the Gay Games. He is the pioneer of LGBT wrestling and has served the FGG in many capacities, including President and Technology Officer. He is an FGG Honorary Life Member and in 2014 received the FGG’s highest honor: the Tom Waddell Award.

Robbie Rogers who is a professional soccer / football player who is one of the only male professional athletes active on a team sport while being openly gay. He famously appeared in a video with NBA star Jason Collins shown at the Opening Ceremony of 2014’s Gay Games 9 in Cleveland.

Chris Morgan who is is an eight-time world champion powerlifter who got his start at Gay Games V and who is active in Europe’s campaign against homophobia in soccer. He has served as a loyal and active Gay Games Ambassador for many years.

The Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame was established to honor individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced the fields of sports and athletics for the LGBT community. A full list of Inductees and bios can be seen at www.gayandlesbiansports.com.

Founded in 2013 and based in Chicago, the Gay & Lesbian Sports Hall of Fame’s mission is to recognize both individuals and organizations whose achievements and efforts have enhanced sports and athletics for the LGBT community.

In addition, the Hall of Fame will preserve the history of LGBT individuals who have impacted professional and amateur sports and provide outreach and education to the sporting world so that LGBT youth all across the nation feel welcome and safe to participate in any and all athletic related activities.

Chris Morgan is an eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

 

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Chris Morgan Wins 8th World Championship Title …

Gay Games Ambassador Chris Morgan has become a World Champion in the sport of Powerlifting for the eighth time in his career.

He was lifting in the World Single Event Championships, held in Telford in the United Kingdom and made lifts of 200 kilo’s followed by 230 kilo’s and then 250 kilo’s to clinch the “Masters 1” title at the World Deadlift Championships.

Speaking about the competition, Chris Said,

‘I’m delighted to have won my 8th World Championship Gold Medal here in Telford.’

“The figures lifted were not amongst my best ever, but this was never going to be possible after suffering a serious back injury only 12 weeks ago. It’s been a very difficult training run to this competition and at times I didn’t think I would actually make platform”.

Chris Continued …

‘It’s a wonderful feeling to be a World Champion again! I’m now looking forward to getting back to full training and trying to improve on my Personal Best in the future”.

Chris would like to take the opportunity to highlight the opportunity for everyone to reach for their own “Personal Best” at the 10th edition of The  Gay Games that we be held in Paris in August 2018.

The Gay Games are open to all and are not reserved solely for the LGBT community. Everyone – regardless of his or her sexual orientation, origin, or age – is invited to participate in this great international sporting and cultural event celebrating diversity. No performance standards are required to sign up.

That’s the spirit of the Gay Games!

Chris Morgan is a eight time World Champion in Powerlifting and a Global Ambassador for the Federation of Gay Games. The next Gay Games are scheduled to take place in Paris in 2018. For more information about the Gay Games visit www.gaygames.com and www.paris2018.com

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“Endurance Invitational” – Bench Press & Deadlift for Repetitions

Chris Morgan is very proud to announce that he will be hosting the UK’s 1st Annual “Endurance Invitational” Bench Press and Deadlift – This is a Charity Competition in support of The Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The event is being held at Steves Gym, Newton Abbott, Devon, United Kingdom on the 22nd August 2015 with categories for Junior’s, Senior’s and Master’s.

There will also be a three person team event, where teams can be all make, all female or mixed male and female.

You can find out more about the competition here at the Facebook Event page …

https://www.facebook.com/events/773775126070693/

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