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Qualifying Procedure

  1. National Championships are open to all members of the Federation, providing they have achieved the qualifying total and are not subject to suspension either by the GBPF, or its affiliate bodies.
  2. Qualifying totals are set yearly based on championship performances and must be achieved at a competition recognised by the GBPF.
  3. Qualifiers will be representing their division and must be active in the division active means competing or officiating being involved in the promotion of divisional events loading etc.
  4. Current National Champions can defend their title without qualification however should they wish to compete at a different bodyweight they must make the qualifying total for that bodyweight.
  5. Competitors cannot change their nominated bodyweight after the closing date for entries.
  6. All GBPF Championships will be held in accordance with IPF technical rules and rules of performance.
  7. A National Championship title can only be claimed if the qualifying total is attained.
  8. Qualification must be achieved in the period from the date of the previous Championship to eight weeks prior to the current Championship.
  9. All competitors must comply with GBPF Anti-Doping procedures and will be required to complete a drug form at the weigh-in, and be available for testing should it be required of them.
  10. Those who compete in other than Senior Championship must produce at the weigh-in proof of age i.e. birth certificate, passport.
  11. Current GBPF or Home Country membership cards must be shown at the weigh-in.
  12. All divisional secretaries will ensure that Divisional results are posted on the GBPF website.
  13. Entry forms will be available to download on the GBPF site for those who have qualified, the Championship secretary must receive these no later than four weeks before the Championship.
  14. Qualifying totals for Classic Championship may be made at any Divisional Championship providing that it is indicated on the score sheet .
  15. Qualification for the bench press only competition can be achieved using the benchpress in a three lift competition.

  16. Competitors wishing to receive trophies, participation certificate/medal must attend  the presentation ceremony.  

British Powerlifting is the only UK powerlifting organisation that carries out independent WADA compliant drug testing. In 2016 we conducted 100 anti-doping tests, all at our own expense. GB lifters in World Championships are registered with the IPF for Out of Competition Testing (OCT).


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