OJC Press Release ID: 2524

Monday, May 23, 2016


Three Chaos Weightlifters qualify for the Youth National Tournament
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Chaos Weightlifting Club members pose for a photo. In front, holding the banner are Jay Grimsley, Trent Johnston, Michael Short and Trevor Johnston. Grimsley and Trent and Trevor Johnston qualified for the Youth National Tournament. Short, new to competition, fell just shy of qualifying.







Three youth weightlifters from the OJC Chaos Weightlifting Club have qualified for the Youth National Tournament to be held in Austin, Texas on June 23-June 25.  The competition will display over 600 of the best youth weightlifters across the nation.

Qualifiers are Jay Grimsley, age 11, weight class 50kg, entry total 60kg; Trevor Johnston, age 10, weight class 39kg, entry total 50kg; and Trent Johnston, age 12, weight class 62kg, entry total 68kg.
Grimsley, Trevor and Trent Johnston, and Michael Short all competed in the “Conquer all Chaos” weightlifting competition in Pueblo on April 30 and all performed very well.

“Michael fell just shy of hitting a qualifying total in his weight class, but being that this was his first competition I know he will be at the national tournament next year,” said Chaos coach and OJC Fitness Center director, Kurt Long.  “It is their hard work and training consistency that has earned these young athletes a spot on a national platform.”

Other Chaos athletes currently working hard in the gym include Travis Fitzpatrick, Johnnie Reed, and Aaron Culver.  According to Long, all of these young athletes have the potential to qualify for a national tournament in years to come if they stay consistent with their training. 

Athletes that have been a part of the club over the past several years include Ty Addington, McKenna Aragon, Ramone Cardenes, Jolene Carrica, Kaleb DeLeon-Fisher, Jose Jimenez, Keanu George, Jay Paolucci, and Noah Sedillo. 

CWC is coached by certified coaches Kurt Long, Dustin Holman and Cory Sullivan who are competitive weightlifters committed to the sport of weightlifting.  Long is a USAW-L1SP; has NASM-PES certification; and has a master’s degree in exercise science.  Holman is a USAW-L1SP and NSCA-CSCS and has a master’s degree in exercise science. Sullivan is a USAW-L1SP and has a master’s degree in exercise science.

“CWC presents a great opportunity for youth in our community to participate in an individualized sport that offers so many wonderful health benefits.  With well-designed training programs and professionally coached technique, club members will see results in strength and explosive power; bodyweight control that produces lean, functional bodies; and increased flexibility, speed, balance and coordination,” said Long.

CWC competitors train specifically to master and gain strength in two exercises, the “snatch” and the “clean and jerk,” so they can compete in sanctioned weightlifting events. In addition to the ability to compete in the sport of weightlifting, participants can use weightlifting as a base for sport strength and conditioning that will enhance performance in all sports.

CWC is open to boys and girls ages 8 years and up.  Adults are also encouraged to join.  Rates for the club are $45 per month for 2 one-hour sessions per week or $30 per month for 1 one-hour session per week. The first session is free.  Club members must also register as members of USA Weightlifting for a membership fee that ranges from $40-$65 per year depending upon the age of the participant.

For more information on Chaos Weightlifting Club or OJC Fitness Center fitness classes and memberships.  Contact Kurt Long at 719.384.6916.