The 2015 National Powerlifting Championships in Atlanta is fast approaching. As the largest women’s powerlifting team in the country, we are asking for support to bring all Northeastern women who qualify to the competition. With your help, we can take the whole team to Georgia in April and take home the gold for Northeastern!
Not a day goes by that we don't take pride in the strong Northeastern women that came before us. In 2010, a former track star named Shaina Petit, BHS’12 was approached by Northeastern athletic trainer Mike Zawilinski because of her strength. Shortly after, this dedicated woman fought to create a female division of the established Northeastern University Powerlifting team. Since then, our team has multiplied; beginning with only three and is now boasting an incredible 30 female athletes!
Each year the knowledge base and talent of the women on our team has surpassed the previous. These powerlifting ladies, now trained by both Shaina and Mike, are dedicated to the sport and the growth of the team. We now have our sights set high, hoping to become national champions. The challenge we face is competing against the southern universities where their athletes have been lifting practically since they were born. Despite this handicap, our team has finished in the top five in each of the past five years.
Through our hard work and the help of our supporters, we dream to place first this year and prove that Northeastern University has become an elite site for powerlifting growth and success. In order to do this, we need every team member eligible to lift at Nationals. This is where you come in – we need help raising the money to send us to Atlanta so that we can achieve our dream and show the nation just how far Northeastern University Women’s Powerlifting has come.
Our Catalyst goal is to raise $2,500 to apply toward the cost of sending our full team to Nationals in Atlanta. To cover the total estimated flight cost of $7,500, we plan to combine our Catayst donor contributions with $3,000 from our savings and $2,000 that we will earn by hosting regional powerlifting meets this season.
Now that we have reached our initial goal, we hope to raise an additional $2,500. These funds will be put to great use through out the year! Besides providing additional aid in paying for our flights and hotel space in Atlanta, we hope to give next years e-board a more comfortable budget for their season expenses. In addition, as powerlifting is an expensive sport, we hope to purchase some shared team gear such as belts, wraps etc. so that everyone can have access to the best equipment, regardless of financial background.
The Northeastern University Women’s Powerlifting team was founded in 2010. We compete in powerlifting competitions all over the world and are currently ranked fourth in the nation. As the largest student-run powerlifting team in the country, we are bringing much-needed awareness to a small yet incredibly impactful sport. We look forward to instilling a further sense of pride in Northeastern’s program in 2016, when the Collegiate National Championship will take place in Boston.