Colorado Springs, Colo. – USA Weightlifting is pleased to announce that the 2011 USA Weightlifting National Junior Championships will be held in Houston, Texas.
The premier event for athletes ages 20 and younger in the United States, the National Junior Championships are expected to draw more than 150 competitors to Houston in February with the exact dates of the three-day event to be announced at a later time.
“Houston is an excellent city that has hosted countless premier sporting events and we are very excited to work with the HarrisCounty – Houston Sports Authority to host this meet. Not only is this a wonderful location for our athletes to compete in, but this will be a great chance for Houstonians to come out and see our future Olympians in action,” said USA Weightlifting CEO Rick Adams (Colorado Springs, Colo.)
The host city of the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Boxing, Houston will be the home of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Regionals this weekend and has previously played host to other top events, including the NCAA Division II Winter and Spring Festivals as well as the Senior National Championships for gymnastics and judo.
“Houston is a diverse sports city with the best fans around, and we look forward to welcoming the 2011 National Junior Weightlifting Championships to our great destination,” said Janis Schmees (Houston, Texas), Executive Director for the HarrisCounty – Houston Sports Authority. “We believe this prestigious event will not only give more opportunities for our local Houston residents to experience the sport of weightlifting up close and at an elite level, but will also give our city a chance to shine in the national spotlight amongst the best ranked junior athletes.”
About the Harris County – Houston Sports Authority
The Harris County – Houston Sports Authority was created to oversee the construction and bond debt service on the three major stadiums in Houston. HCHSA is also involved in marketing the destination to various organizations, bringing prestigious sporting events to Houston from around the country, while also partnering with local entities to support sports initiatives in Houston and the surrounding area.
About USA Weightlifting
USA Weightlifting is a non-profit member organization of the United States Olympic Committee that is based out of Colorado Springs, Colo. The National Governing Body for the Olympic sport of weightlifting in the United States, USAW serves more than 6,000 members with the mission of achieving sustained competitive excellence in Olympic competition and promoting weightlifting throughout the nation.