A record-breaking 216 athletes will compete at this weekend’s Weightlifting National Championships at SkateTown USA, 8730 Union Center Pavillion Drive, in West Chester. Nearby, at Voice of America Park, the Nautique WWA Wakeboard National Championships will also be taking place.
The championship weekend is becoming commonplace in Ohio’s largest township, as VOA Park will again play host to the USA Triathlon Youth & Junior National Championships next weekend, Aug. 2-4.This weekend’s weightlifting competition will be held from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday. The free event will be highlighted by Sarah Robles, a 2012 U.S. Olympian, and Cincinnati’s own Keith Connolly, who is the state weightlifting record holder. It is expected to have an estimated economic impact of $375,000.
Meanwhile, the wakeboard event begins today and runs through Saturday. Many of the top wake athletes from across the country are expected to compete for national titles in each of its age and skill-level categories. The championships will feature more than 20 divisions with competitors ranging from seven to 55 years old.
Coinciding with the event are the 2013 Nautique & Rockstar WWA Wake Park National Championships at Wake Nation Cincinnati in Fairfield, also this Thursday through Saturday. This event features a crossover option, which encourages cable and boat riders to compete in both disciplines.
Online adult tickets are available for $7, while tickets at the gate are $13 for adults, $5 for ages 6-12 and free for ages 5 and under. With the online purchase of a WWA Wakeboard National Championship ticket, the buyer will also receive a two-hour cable pass valued at $30 to Wake Nation Cincinnati. The free cable pass is valid from Monday until the end of the 2013 season. Tickets are limited to one cable pass per person per event.
For more event information, including daily schedules, tickets, results, standings, photos, videos, athlete bios and more, visit www.kingofwake.com.