IPF National Championships 2019 FAQ

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Welcome to the start of the IPF National Championships 2019! We’ve sent out our first wave of invites today (Wed 7 Nov 2018) and we’re beginning to get entries in!

We’re aiming to beat Nationals 2018 in every way possible but we’ve started by returning to the same venue — the Sports Surgery Clinic’s Sports Medicine building was absolutely incredible in 2018 and the SSC team were fantastic to work with.

We’ll have plenty more to announce over the coming weeks but for now we want to address some frequently asked questions. If you have a question that isn’t answered below then please ask in our Facebook Discussion Group or via email.

When and where is Nationals 2019?

The Irish Powerlifting Federation’s National Championships 2019 will take place in The Sports Surgery Clinic – Sports Medicine, Santry, Dublin on 9–10 February 2019.

Can I compete at Nationals 2019?

Athletes are invited to compete at Nationals based on performances during the qualifying period. The Top 7 totals in each weight class automatically receive an invite (subject to eligibility). More details on qualified totals and the competitions that were eligible is available on the IPF Nationals 2019 Top 7s page.

What do I get for my entry fee?

The right to compete against the best athletes in your weight class in a competition with strict anti-doping procedures (minimum 10% of the field to be tested). An official meet t-shirt that is only available to athletes and coaches. The right to set National Records in all lifts and the total. And putting yourself on the map to be selected for the IPF World Championships 2019.

Will there be an entry fee for spectators?

Yes. This is the first time we’ve directly asked for an entry fee for spectators. Events we’ve participated in (e.g. Irish Muscle Power) have previously had entry fees for the overall event but this is the first time the IrishPF will charge an entry fee. The spectator entry fee for Nationals is an experiment in supporting our sport and our national team.

All entry fees will go towards the IrishPF National Team’s costs in 2019. Entering the team to the European Championships 2018 cost over €3,500 in entry and anti-doping fees alone. The Federation has always covered these costs for our International teams but they are now getting significantly more expensive as our team sizes increase.

Will there be an entry fee for coaches?

Yes. The entry fee for coaches is €20.00. This is the first time we’ve charged an entry fee for coaches and we are doing it for three reasons:

  1. To ensure only verified coaches and athletes have access to the warm-up room.
  2. To ensure the warm-up room is kept to reasonable numbers and not full of spectators, etc.
  3. To fund the meet t-shirts and personalised lanyards for coaches.

If I am coaching and lifting, do I need to buy a coaches entry as well?

Yes. The number of people both lifting and coaching is relatively minimal and those people will be receiving two t-shirts plus their coaches lanyard. Athletes will only have access to the warm-up room during their session. Coaches will have access to the warm-up room during any session they have an athlete competing in.

If I am coaching in multiple sessions, do I have to buy multiple entries?

No. Your coaches entry is good for the whole weekend and will get you access to the warm-up room during any session you have an athlete in.

When will flight splits be announced?

Flight splits (i.e. “what flight am I in?”) will not be confirmed until Fri 11 Jan 2019 at 12:00 Irish time.

When is the final date for changing weight classes?

Final deadline for completing entry forms will be Mon 7 Jan 2019 at 22:00 Irish time. No changes will be accepted after this time.

When is the final date for changing clubs?

Final deadline for completing entry forms will be Mon 7 Jan 2019 at 22:00 Irish time. No changes will be accepted after this time.

Will there be a live stream?

We are working with several providers to try and ensure there will be a live stream for the weekend but we cannot confirm anything yet.

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