ATHLETES

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Jen Thompson 

Open, 63kg
Team USA

Now in her 17th year of competitive powerlifting, Jen Thompson currently holds the current World Classic Bench Press Record with 312lbs and the current Total Record for the 63kg Open Division. She has the highest WILKS raw bench co-efficient for men or women, 43 broken Open and Master's World Records and 19 Open National Titles. She currently sits as the USA Powerlifting North Carolina State Chair and is a member of the USA Powerlifting Technical Committee and IPF Youth Committee. She now lives in Denver, North Carolina with her husband/coach Donovan Thompson and her two sons, Tucker and Brody. 

 

 

Ray Williams 

Open, 120+kg
Team USA

Ray Williams is a father of three living in Fulton, Mississippi. Originally from Demopolis Alabama, Ray currently holds the IPF World Record squat for the 120+kg class at 1,053lbs and a world record total. He was also ranked the number one powerlifter in the USAPL in 2015 and 2016.

 

Alyssa Smith

Open, 72kg
Canadian National Record Holder

Alyssa Smith found the sport of powerlifting when she was a troubled teenager. Since then, she has earned the Canadian deadlift record for the 72kg, 84kg, and 84+kg classes. She has broken several unofficial IPF world records, and most recently gave Rhaea Stinn a strong fight at CPU Nationals. She has a diploma in Health & Fitness from Algonquin College and works as a personal trainer through Smith Strength Systems. 

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Kelly Branton

Open, 120+kg
Team Canada

Kelly Branton is Canada's strongest male powerlifter and one of the top heavyweights in the IPF. He is the first Canadian to total over 1,000kg and he is the face of Canadian powerlifting.