Boston to Host American Open in 2014, Zawilinski elected as Athlete Rep

Orlando, FL, June 21- The National Governing Body Meeting traditionally held the day before Men’s Nationals was the site for two important announcements for USA Powerlifting in New England. First Boston wins the bid for the 2014 American Open and local lifter, meet director and coach Michael Zawilinski is elected to a two year term as one of five Athlete Representatives.

The American Open is a national meet that doesn’t require a qualifying total and the winner of each weight class is automatically awarded the chance to compete Men’s or Women’s Nationals regardless of their total. The bid was entered by Robert Keller who is a veteran national meet director who has plans to host this event at the Hyatt Harborside at Boston’s Logan International Airport. The date should be solidified in the next couple months but should land on its traditional first or second weekend in December.

“I am very excited to be awarded the bid for the 2014 American Open to be held in Boston, MA,” said Keller, “This event marks the first time since 1983 that the USAPL/ADFPA has held a national meet in Boston when Boston held Women’s Nationals.”

The role of an Athlete Representative is to represent the wishes of the athletes at the National Governing Body Meeting. This includes a vote in locations of national meets, officers, awards and proposed by-law amendments.

“I look forward to representing my fellow athletes at the NGB,” Zawilinski remarked, “It is truly an honor to be elected to this position and I promise to keep the interests of all lifters as my first priority next year at the NGB.”

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