Quiet Focus Series

Have you thought about trying powerlifting……

But then remembered that you get nervous in front of people, and anxious about hearing your name broadcast out loud. Or are just feeling overwhelmed with starting out with all the experinced lifters around you?

We want you to experience a real competition where, the only accommodations made are in atmosphere and not with the rules.

We at North Midlands Powerlifting,in partnership with @shawmind_ (our focus Zone and Mental wellness partners) want to give everyone an opportunity for a fantastic first competition. We are holding a special, inclusive competition where you can experience all of the challenges of lifting in a comp, with refs and commands but without the unnecessary hype that we know can take some getting used to.

North Midlands recognises that barriers exist to people trying lifting and we want to see those challenges dismantled.

If you are a lifter or know a lifter who would benefit from this “first comp” experience, let us know.


What to Expect


  • A regular Gym, But without the loud music and the bright lighting.

  • To be greeted by one of our dedicated Mental health trained Safeguarding Officers.

  • No staging, or platform as such, we compete where we lift.

  • Competition to be ran by IPF rules, Weigh in, Kit check, Referees.

  • A regular competition just adapted.

  • No MC.

  • No loud Music.

  • No flashing lights.

  • Your total will be recorded and uploaded as per any other sanctioned competition.

  • You are welcome to visit the establishment beforehand and we will give you a point of contact also.

  • Your Entry form will allow you to give us an idea of your current barriers and how we can assist you.

  • Any suggestions please follow this link - Suggestion Form


What's Required From You


  • To be a member of British Powerlifting.

  • To wear IPF approved lifting kit www.powerlifting.sport/rules/codes/info/approved-list .

  • On your entry form there will be a section for your requirements please complete to aid the organiser.

  • To enjoy yourself and be respectful to others.




Saturday 11th March

Quiet Focus series v1.0

@Nottingham Strong



TBA

Quiet Focus series v1.1

@United Strength and Conditioning Hinckley


Testimonials


"2015 was an all time low for my mental health, with peak anxiety levels. Having something like this would have got me into lifting sooner.

My vision is to make this already accessible sport even more accessible, for some the idea of a big bang flashy competition can be debilitating. Not just for the athlete, but for their families too. I know of many lifters who's parents can't come and see them lift because they just can't be in that environment. "

James Brincat-Smith, Chairman, North Midlands


"At regular competitions whether I am competing, refereeing or even just spectating, I usually have to seek a quiet area, away from the all of the noise. The loud music, bright lights and crowding can be overwhelming. I hope that these quiet focus competitions will provide a more inclusive environment and encourage others like me to get involved with the sport."

Gigi Nicolson, 2022 European Jnr Bench Press Champion


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