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Confirmation of Voting Procedures

  • February 20, 2014

Paula Houston, the current WA USAPL State Chair has confirmed the voting procedures, as approved by Larry Maile, the President of the USAPL.

Per Larry's email and in accordance with the provisions in the bylaws, the voting for the WA State USAPL chair will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, with the results announced at the end of the meet on Sunday.

Per the earlier posting on Facebook and the website, the process will be the following:

*    Only lifters with a valid WA state USAPL membership may vote.  Membership will be verified using the current roster provided by the national office.

  • *    Lifters may renew their membership at the meet and use the receipt provided for voting purposes. If a member has renewed on line, but does not yet have the card, again, the receipt of payment may be used for voting

  • *    Valid members will be given a ballot anytime during Saturday and Sunday check-in/weigh-in times.

  • *    All ballots must be returned by the end of the deadlifts in the morning session on Sunday.

  • *    Ballots will be tallied and results announced at the start of the award ceremony for Sunday lifting.

UPDATED: State Chair Election: Kevin Stewart Candidate Statement

  • February 12, 2014

   Kevin Stewart Qualification State Chair.

My Qualifications for state chair in my opinion are as follows.

I am very passionate about powerlifting and powerlifting in the state of Washington.

I was the state chair for the state of Washington for a year and a half prior to Paula being voted in.

I competed for 13 years on the state, national, and world level of powerlifting.

I am currently a state and national referee.

I currently have a Great Team of Powerlifters. TEAM PHOINIX who have been absolutely dominate in the state, and is making its mark on the national scene. They are a pleasure to work with in this state. It currently has 9 state refs on it and two national refs. Team Phoinix also has out of state lifters that referee and compete on the national and world level.

I could rattle off a long list of what I've done but I think my qualifications have nothing to do with running for state chair again.

Me, being state chair is about trying to make the lifting scene better for the lifters in this state!

*****Update*****

Since the other folks running for state chair have put there ideas out there for the state,I thought I should be a little more detailed about our plans for Washington state Powerlifting.

 Washington State is a force in powerlifting. We will continue it down that path by making us stronger as a state. I say we because, Ken Gack, will be my Vice Chair in this process. He has multiple years of experience, national and world titles. Ken has a wealth of ideas for us to better our state and is a great asset!

The number of meets we host, the attendance at these meets, and the number of great lifters Washington sends to represent us at all of the national and world championships is phenomenal. We will maintain and expand our presence on the national and world scene by: Making sure Washington State is represented in the USAPL National Governing Board meetings annually. Our team has had members at the Men’s National Championships where the NGB meeting is held every year since 2007, as well as, attend the annual Women's Committee meeting and if I am unable to attend personally, I will delegate a proxy. We will expand the regional cooperation our team initiated with Oregon in 2013 to unite USAPL across the NW region. By working with our team’s membership in Idaho and California. We will re-establish a NW regional meet.

We will make sure our local lifters are prepared to excel on the national scene. Through our representation at the national meetings and large cadre of well qualified state and national referees, the standards expected at national meets will be upheld at local meets. We will mentor and encourage our best state referees to become nationally qualified, so our lifters never lose the opportunity to set American records due to referee availability and our meet directors always have a sufficient pool of national referees.

We will continue the momentum Washington State has in the powerlifting community and accelerate its growth by increasing our market share and drawing in new members.

USAPL sets the standard in powerlifting and we will make sure our standards at the local level continue to differentiate us from other federations. We will continue to draw younger and new lifters to the sport by marketing our sport to local high schools and establishing a high school meet in the state. We will continue some of the marketing our team has initiated including printed and social media advertising of local events, and live streaming video for local meets as we tried out at the 2013 Fife Holiday Classic.

We will help our meet directors run professional, efficient meets by expanding our pool of qualified state and national referees, establishing recommendations on meet staffing, and building volunteer lists to help directors find the resources they need.

We will try and make sure the work load is a shared duty at the meets so everyone can gain meet running experience. Most of all, We will make sure our local meets are professional, well run, affordable, and fun for all lifters.

Update to the State Chair Election Process

  • February 6, 2014

In order to ensure that as many Washington USAPL members as possible have an opporunity to vote in the election, ballots may be cast during both Saturday and Sunday sessions. As previously stated, the results will be announced on Sunday prior to the end of the meet.


State Chair Election: Danna Snow & Jill Arnow as Co-Chairs Candidate Statement

  • January 29, 2014

Danna Snow and Jill Arnow - Washington State Co-Chairs

We are running as Washington State Co-Chairs.  We believe together we are best suited to represent the interests of all of Washington State lifters, to help  to grow the sport of drug-free powerlifting, and to make Washington a dominant force on the National USAPL scene.

Danna Snow is 44 years old and started powerlifting in 1997 while recovering a neck fusion after a broken neck. Initially, she competed in Push/ Pull competitions because she could not have the weight of the bar across her traps. In 2007 she did her first USAPL competition and has been devoted to this federation ever since. She has been part of USAPL World Teams for both Bench Press and Full Power for the last 4 years. and is a state judge.

Danna organizes and runs sanctioned and non-sanctioned competitions in the Spokane area. The non-sanctioned competitions are designed to get new lifters involved in the sport. Many of the competitors have continued on to compete in a USAPL sanctioned event.

Danna’s passion is to introduce new people, young and old, to the world of powerlifting. She believes the sport is unique in its ability to develop a person’s self esteem, self confidence and a sense of success. 

Her goals are for Washington State are:

  • To develop the high school powerlifting scene in and around Spokane, WA.
  • To increase the public awareness in the state of powerlifting as a sport.
  • To unite the east and west sides of Washington State.

  • Danna brings excitement and passion of powerlifting to the State Chair position. She believes the presence of the sport at the state level is what will drive the national and international competitions. There is room for growth and as a united state organization, she thinks the possibilities are endless.

    Jill Arnow lives in Seattle and began powerlifting in 2001. Training, and later powerlifting, started as a way to overcome the side effects after thyroid surgery.  Jill competes at the state, national, regional, and world levels.  She holds numerous State and American records and holds 3 World Records in the retired 90k class.  She is a state judge and will be taking the exam to become a national judge this year. She judges, runs the scoring table, and helps run several meets in Washington every year.  Until recently, she managed the state website and helped redesign the site. This year marks the third year that Jill will be part of the coaching staff for the North American Team.  She is a member of the Washington State Powerlifting Hall of Fame and has twice been named athlete of the year.

    Jill will bring her passion for powerlifting to the position of Washington State Co-Chair along with her experience as a lifter, judge, coach, and teammate.  She hopes to help Washington State USAPL grow and to become a united, strong presence on the national and international stage.

    Jill’s goals for WA State are:

    • Increase and improve communication channels within the state and provide an active voice from Washington State to the National Governing Board
    • Get more lifters actively involved in helping to grow WA State powerlifting
    • Improve camaraderie, WA State spirit, and support throughout the state

    Together, by representing both sides of the state, we hope to promote powerlifting in all corners of Washington and help more lifters become involved in helping grow the sport in all of Washington.


    State Chair Election: Kevin Stewart Candidate Statement

    • January 22, 2014

       Kevin Stewart Qualification State Chair.

    My Qualifications for state chair in my opinion are as follows.

    I am very passionate about powerlifting and powerlifting in the state of Washington.

    I was the state chair for the state of Washington for a year and a half prior to Paula being voted in.

    I competed for 13 years on the state, national, and world level of powerlifting.

    I am currently a state and national referee.

    I currently have a Great Team of Powerlifters. TEAM PHOINIX who have been absolutely dominate in the state, and is making its mark on the national scene. They are a pleasure to work with in this state. It currently has 9 state refs on it and two national refs. Team Phoinix also has out of state lifters that referee and compete on the national and world level.

    I could rattle off a long list of what I've done but I think my qualifications have nothing to do with running for state chair again.

    Me, being state chair is about trying to make the lifting scene better for the lifters in this state!



    State Chair Election Information

    • January 21, 2014



    Dear Washington USA Powerlifting Members:

    At the 2014 Washington USAPL State Meet to be held February 22-13, 2014, elections will be held for the Washington USAPL State Chair for the 2014-2016 term.  All USAPL members in good standing who are Washington State residents are eligible to be candidates. 

    If you are interested in being a candidate for the State Chair, please submit a one page bio, which includes your qualifications, to the Washington State USAPL website webmaster, Sarah Bohlen at usaplwa@gmail.com  by February 15th.  All candidate names and bios will be posted on the website and on Washington USAPL Facebook page.  Per USAPL bylaws, the in person election will take place by paper ballot at the State Meet.  All current Washington USAPL members present at the meet will be eligible to vote, with results of the election announced prior to the end of the event. 

    Also, there will be a Washington USAPL membership business meeting on Saturday February 22nd, between the morning and afternoon sessions. 

    I look forward to seeing you at the State Meet next month!

    Best regards,

    Paula L. Houston, WA USAPL State Chair

    2014 Washington State Powerlifting, Bench Press and Dead Lift Championships

    • Decembe 18, 2013



    Saturday & Sunday, February 22 & 23, 2014
    Royal Esquire Club
    5046 Rainier Ave S
    Seattle, WA 98118

    Entry Form (doc)


    2013 Golds Gym Team Phoinix Powerlifting Bash

    • September 22,, 2013



    Saturday, October 12, 2013
    Golds Gym Team Phoinix Powerlifting Bash
    12138 Mukilteo Speedway
    Mukilteo, WA 98275

    Lifting begins at 9:00 am

    Updates Through 2013 YMCA Seattle Summer Classic

    • July 22, 2013



    Records are now updated through the 2013 YMCA Seattle Summer Classic, and the results are posted on the Results page. 

    Entry information for upcoming meets can be found to the right.

    • The 2013 Alki Beach Classic is  August 17, 2013 in West Seattle
    • The 2013 Summer End Powerlifting and Push-Pull Contest is August 24, 1013 in Spokane
    • The 2013 Golds Gym Team Phoinix Powerlifting Bash is October 12, 2013 in Mukilteo
    • Information about the 2013 Fife Power Company Holiday Classic will be posted later

    If you find a mistake in the records, please send an email to usaplwa@gmail.com

    Include in your email: 

    • Your name
    • The date and name of the meet
    • The record weights (in kilos if that is what you lifted in)
    • A link to the results if they are posted online, or the results file (obtained from the meet director)

    I will try to get them updated as soon as possible. If you set a record out of state, it is your responsibility to inform me of the records, and where they were set.

    2013 YMCA Seattle Summer Classic

    • May 30, 2013



    Lifting Begins at 9:00 am

    Saturday, July 20, 2013
    Meredith Matthews YMCA
    1700 23rd Ave
    Seattle, WA 98122

    Records Are Now Updated Through 2013 State Championships

    • April 6, 2013



    Records are now updated through the 2013 State Meet. If you find a mistake in the records, please send an email to usaplwa@gmail.com

    Include in your email:

    • Your name
    • The date and name of the meet
    • The record weights (in kilos if that is what you lifted in)
    • A link to the results if they are posted online

    I will try to get them updated as soon as possible. If you set a record out of state, it is your responsibility to inform me of the records, and where they were set.

    We always need more volunteers for meets, as spotters and loaders, help at the scoring table, or whatever.  Contact the meet director and let them know you're available.

    2013 Golds Gym Team Phoinix Powerlifting Bash

    • April 3, 2013



    Saturday, October 12, 2013
    Golds Gym Team Phoinix Powerlifting Bash
    12138 Mukilteo Speedway
    Mukilteo, WA 98275

    Lifting begins at 9:00 am

    Full powerlifting meet, gear or raw - if you can't squat bench and deadlift you'll have to sit this one out!



    2013 Spring Power Challenge at the Empire Classic Fitness Expo

    • February 10, 2013



    Saturday, May 11, 2013
    Push-Pull Competition at the Empire Classic Bodybuilding Show
    100 N Hayford Road
    Airway Heights, WA 99001

    Lifting begins at 10:00 am

    Entries will be limited to 50 so register now!




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