A few weeks back I was searching for weightlifting meets in the Tri-State area to photograph and I came across a non-sanctioned meet called, Lift-For-A-Purpose. Immediately it caught my attention. I thought, “How awesome, a way for new weightlifters to familiarize themselves with how to compete in a weightlifting meet. I emailed the organizer, Tanner Cook, and did not expect to find out that the meet was part of a much bigger purpose.
Lift-For-A-Purpose: a non-sanctioned Olympic Weightlifting Meet to benefit the Steve's Club National Program. They aim to establish training facilities for the youth population in which they can attend at a low or no cost. “Imagine a country where kids grow up valuing fitness and nutrition, where youth from disadvantaged backgrounds are given the opportunity to improve their health, fitness, and personal development.” A little insight of the vision of Steve’s Club.
Growing up, I was poor. Fitness and nutrition was not valued because it was expensive. Both of my parents worked 2-3 jobs just to be able to put food on the table. After reading about Steve’s Club and seeing how Mr. Cook was so enthusiastic about raising money for this program, I jumped on the opportunity to photograph the event!
One of my favorite things to do when I attend a competition is to talk to the competitors and spectators. I also had a chance to talk to Gary Valentine, USAW Meet Director and CT Local Weightlifting Committee President. We talked at length about the sport of Olympic Weightlifting and gained more insight to help me understand the sport better. Overall, this was an excellent day and a well run meet. Everyone had a lot of fun and would love to make this a staple event I could photograph every year.
Below, Mr. Valentine and Mr. Cook discussing the logistics and preparation for the meet. In between each set, Mr. Valentine explained the rules, kept things moving and even kept the crowd engaged.
Bottom Right: (from left to right) Melissa, Sarah, Lydia. All new to competing in a weightlifting meet. They all kicked ass.
*Maybe Sarah without and "H"- I forgot to ask. Sorry Sarah!
Bottom Left: Jack, a repeat weightlifter I have photographed from a different event. We talked a bit and he shared kind words about the photos I have taken. He won overall best weightlifter for the event.
Surely, this an event I’d like to see more of when searching for competitions to photograph! With the help of the weightlifters, Mr. Cook, the owners of Crossfit Strongtown, they all managed to raise over $1,000 for Steve’s Club.
Below are some of my favorite photographs. A main focus for me was to play around with composition and having fun with contrast.
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