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University of Houston-Downtown
News Release
Thursday, August 09, 2012

UHD Powerlifters Set World Records
Finish Second at Junior Olympics and Clinch Regional Title

HOUSTON – The strength of The University of Houston-Downtown’s (UHD) powerlifting team is on full display this summer, as several team members recently set world powerlifting records and claimed national titles.

A lifting squad of seven incoming freshman placed second last month in the 2012 Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) Junior Olympics at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston.  The Gators won eight individual championships, set a number of teen world powerlifting records and narrowly lost the team championship.  The meet featured lifters from across the country, Canada and the United Kingdom.

“That such a young team can compete so successfully at an event of this magnitude is a strong indicator of the high quality of student-athletes that the powerlifting program is bringing to UHD,” said John Hudson, Ph.D., powerlifting coach at UHD.

Another group of UHD lifters, including five veterans, three incoming freshman and one walk-on member, also won the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL) Southwest Regional Championship in late July in Dallas.  This is the third consecutive year the Gators have clinched the title.

“One indicator of the ever-increasing quality of our Gator powerlifters is that the team came away with four coveted individual overall “best lifter” awards, in addition to setting numerous records and winning 12 individual championships,” said Dr. Hudson.  “Our team is very strong heading into the 2012-2013 academic year and we’re excited to compete in the WABDL World Championships in Las Vegas in November.”

Photo: Members of the award-winning powerlifting team at the University of Houston-Downtown set world powerlifting records, finished second in the AAU Junior Olympics and clinched the regional title for the third consecutive year this summer.

About the University of Houston-Downtown: UHD, founded in 1974, is one of four distinct universities in the University of Houston System, and is the second largest university in Houston and the 15th largest four-year, public university in Texas. One of the most ethnically diverse universities in the country, UHD ranks 37th nationally for graduating Hispanic students with bachelor's degrees and 37th nationally for graduating African-American students with bachelor's degrees. Approximately 2,000 students graduate from UHD each year. For information about UHD, please visit

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