USA Weightlifting will return to Lombard, a suburb 20 miles west of Chicago, for the 2019 National Junior Championship, February 14-17.
The Westin Lombard Yorktown Center, which also hosted the 2017 USA Weightlifting National Championship, will serve as the competition hotel and venue. Just steps from the Westin, the Yorktown Center shopping center features more than 150 specialty stores and 20 restaurants, and an 18-screen movie theatre.
“DuPage has a historic and rich tradition of hosting premier championship events,” DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau Director of Business Development Justin Roach said. “The 2019 National Junior Championship at the Westin Lombard Yorktown Center will become a signature event our communities will be proud of hosting.”
The Chicago area has a storied history of weightlifting and is home to one of the longest tenured clubs in the sport, Sayre Park Weightlifting. The city has also seen international competition in the past, hosting the 2009 Pan American Championships and National Championships.
“We are delighted to bring the National Junior Championships back to the Chicago area,” USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews said. “The great weightlifting community the Windy City enjoys is a big reason why we are keen to site events in Chicago on as a regular basis as possible. We look forward to a great 2019 National Juniors.”
Qualifying totals and registration details will be made available in Summer 2018 after the completion of the International Weightlifting Federation review of bodyweight categories.