SBD Apparel and the International Powerlifting Federation are proud to announce a new category of IPF event, designed to showcase the stars of our sport in a high-profile event with the largest prize fund in the sport’s history.

The event is the first of its kind in the United Kingdom, bringing together 12 men and 12 women over one weekend to battle it out for world records and the title of Champion of Champions.

Each lifter represented their own nation at the World Classic Powerlifting Championships, and will now have the opportunity to defend their place among the world’s best.

Athletes from six continents will be coming together for a truly international competition, with spectators in attendance at Sheffield’s historic City Hall, minutes from SBD’s headquarters and manufacturing base. All men will compete on Saturday March 28th and all women will compete on Sunday March 29th.

Intended as a celebration of the sport and its history, the Sheffield 2020 Championship will see fierce competition and world records fall. A £250,000 prize fund will be awarded on the basis of highest total, highest IPF points and world records broken.

Three levels of VIP tickets are available but act quickly as these tickets will sell out fast.

Gold VIP tickets: This will be the ultimate experience. You will get early access to the venue and a pre-event presentation, including food and drinks, with legends from the world of powerlifting. Moving to the theatre, you will find yourself sitting in the best seats in the house amongst some of the biggest names in strength sports in the UK and beyond.

Your exclusive goodie bag and programme will be waiting for you and you will be right at the heart of the action. After the event, you will be first into the meet and greet session with the athletes with snacks and drinks laid on.

Silver VIP tickets: You will have a premium seat, front and centre. Your goodie bag and programme will be waiting for you and you will get access to the meet and greet with the athletes who have just given it their all on the platform, snacks and drinks included.

Bronze VIP tickets: You have the choice of stalls or the front rows of the circle – either way you will get great seats with a fantastic view. Your goodie bag and programme will be waiting for you.

Standard tickets are available throughout the three levels, stalls, circle and balcony. All have a great view of the stage!

A massive 20% discount is available for purchasing the same level of tickets on both Saturday and Sunday – please call the Box Office on 0114 256 5566 to book.

Men

Amar Kanane – Algeria
Anatolii Novopismennyi – Ukraine
Brett Gibbs – New Zealand
Charles Okpoko – USA
Clinton Lee – Singapore
David Coimbra – Brazil
Eli Burks – USA
Ray Williams – USA
Russel Orhii – USA
Taylor Atwood – USA
Tony Cliffe – UK
Tsung-Ting Hsieh – Chinese Taipei

Women

Amanda Lawrence – USA
Ana Rosa Castellain – Brazil
Bonica Brown – USA
Carola Garra – Italy
Daniella Melo – USA
Evie Corrigan – New Zealand
Heather Connor – USA
Inna Filimonova – Russia
Joy Nnamani – UK
Joyce Gail Reboton – Philippines
Kimberly Walford – US Virgin Islands
Maria Htee – Canada

Benjamin Banks, SBD Apparel’s CEO and founder, said: “We are excited to announce this new partnership with the IPF, which will see us celebrate the world’s strongest powerlifters in a new category of IPF event.”

“It has long been our aim to elevate the sport of powerlifting to new heights, and we look forward to welcoming lifters and fans for what we expect to be a spectacular event next March.”

Fans can sign up now for alerts for further event information and ticket sales (see sign up form above). Lifting will take place at Sheffield City Hall on 28-29 March 2020.

SELECTION PROCESS

Athlete Eligibility

  1. Competed in an IPF World or Regional Classic Powerlifting event.
  2. Achieved, or reasonably be capable of achieving, 700 IPF Points.
  3. Currently in good standing and not under suspension from the IPF.
  4. No prior anti-doping offences warranting a ban of more than one year.

Athlete Selection (subject to meeting Athlete Eligibility)

  1. Primary – Reigning IPF Open Classic World Champion 2019.
  2. Secondary – Reigning IPF Open Classic World Championship 2019 1st, 2nd, 3rd, best lifters.
  3. Tertiary – Highest IPF Points performance from each unrepresented IPF Region.
  4. Wild Card – Remaining slots to be selected by SBD.