July 17, 2019 -- The 2019 World Para Powerlifting
Championships are underway this week in Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Kelley Humphries, DC, MS, EMT-P, CSCS,
ICCSP, CCSP, executive director of Paralympic Operations at Logan University,
the high performance management organization for USA Para Powerlifting,
is on site with the team along with Devon Ackroyd, DC, CSCS, advance practice
clinician at Paraquad; High Performance Manager of USA Paralympic
Powerlifting Mary Hodge; and Logan President Clay McDonald who hosted a team
competition is open to male and female athletes with physical
disabilities such as dwarfism, amputation/limb loss, spinal cord
injury/wheelchair-users and cerebral palsy/brain injury/stroke.
athletes are categorized within the 10 different weight classes (male and
female) and each have the opportunity lift three times. The heaviest “good
lift” (within the weight class) is the lift used for final placing in the
So far, Team USA is faring well at
the 2019 World Para Powerlifting Championships. Para Powerlifter Jonathan
Coots scored a bronze medal in the up to 54kg men’s weight category. Jonathan was born with spina bifida and is
on his way to becoming one of the top powerlifters in his weight and age group.
He has his sights set on attending the 2024 Paralympics in Paris.
Para Powerlifter Christian
Largo competed in the up to 65kg open division, securing 12th place
(with a best attempt of 137kg) among 30 lifters. “This is quite an
accomplishment for his first World Championships in the open division,” said
Prior to this Largo won a
silver medal in the Junior’s division at the 2017 World Championships in Mexico
City and a gold medal in the Junior’s division at the 2018 America’s Championships
in Bogota, Columbia. At the 2018 event, Largo set a new regional record in
his weight class.
Additionally, Para Powerlifter Luis
(Alex) Gonzalez-Poma competed in the men’s Up to 72kg open division and hit a
personal record at 103kg.
Here’s the line-up for the rest of the week:
Shafik – Men’s Up to 86kg Category – Thursday, July 18 at 12:30 a.m. CST
Schrom – Men’s Up to 107kg Category – Thursday, July 18 at 4:45 a.m. CST
Dyce – Women’s over 86kg Category – Friday, July 19 at 11:30 p.m. CST
Martin – Men’s over 107kg Category – Friday, July 19 at 2 a.m. CST
All sessions can be viewed here.
Tune in and cheer on the USA Para Powerlifters!