The Giro d’Italia is not the only major international sporting event coming to Belfast this weekend.
For the first time in its history, the city plays host to the EuropeanPowerlifting Championships organised by the World Drug Free Powerlifting Federation (WDFPF).
More than 100 athletes as well as hundreds of supporters andspectators from all over Europe will visit the city for the EuropeanPowerlifting Championships at HENCH Gym, Belfast in association withBMAC Strength Equipment.
The official opening is on Friday with competition taking place on Saturday for unequipped lifting and Sunday for equipped lifting.
Rory Girvan, HENCH owner and record-breaking Irish power lifter, said his gym was de lighted to be hosting such a prestigious event.
He said: “We have had a proud history of national Strength Sportsevents and preparing teams for competition but this undoubtedly the biggest event to take part at HENCH. In recent years Belfast has been host to a number of high profile international sporting events such as the World Police and Fire Games in 2013 and now the Giro d’Italia.
“I am sure our competitors and supporters will enjoy the buzz around the city this weekend.”
The sport of powerlifting attracts men and women from more than 78 countries around the world and is one of the ultimate strength sports.
It is distinct from Weightlifting – a technical event made up of two lifts, the Snatch and the Clean-and-Jerk, where the weight is lifted above the head. Powerlifting is a test of pure brute strength, and comprises three lifts: The Squat, the Bench Press and the Deadlift
To find out more go to: www.hench-fitness.com,www.idfpa.net/ or contact Rory Girvan, firstname.lastname@example.org.