Powerlifters Converging On
Suncoast For Competition
| The Suncoast
Published: January 24,
NEW PORT RICHEY,
Fla. - NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. - Ready to get
pumped up New Port Richey?
Some of the
strongest men and women in professional
powerlifting will converge on the Quality
Inn and Suites, on U.S. 19, this weekend for
the Raw Unity
Powerlifting Championships to compete and
show off their sheer physical might.
Any and all are
encouraged to attend
Saturday and Sunday afternoons, free of
The founder and leading force behind Raw Unity,
Eric Talmant, said this event is especially
exciting for the sport because of its unique
power lifting is comprised of a
hodgepodge of sanctioned federations all
over the country with no singular
umbrella organization to watch over and
Therefore, Talmant said, no one in the sport
true claim to being the best federation, or
even the best individual competitor.
He plans to begin
changing that this weekend with the Raw Unity
athletes from federations all over the
Southeast, Midwest and Northeast are registered
to compete against one another.
"This has never
been done before," Talmant said. "No one has
tried what I've attempted to do."
"Now let's see
who's the strongest out there."
To determine just
that, athletes will be muscling their way
through three official lifts – the squat,
bench and dead lift.
Both male and
lifters – light, middle and heavyweight –
will be on stage looking to take home the prize
for being tops in their respective
Talmant said he
hopes for Raw Unity to be a success and become
a yearly event to further promote unity – hence
the name – within
power lifting and its federations.
If all goes well
this weekend, the
Spring Hill resident plans to keep the
event in the area every year, unless it
eventually requires a larger venue.
"It's in my area
so I know I can have more control over what
happens," Talmant said. "I want to have my
hands on as much as I possibly can."
Mike Szudarek, of
Marx Layne and Company, a marketing and
public relations firm assisting Talmant's
efforts, agreed that the event would initially
remain in the
New Port Richey area, but could easily move
if need be.
"Yes, it could
move away, geography is not so much the issue
than the event itself," Szudarek said. "It's
about getting all the multiple federations
under one banner."
Szudarek both remain confident Raw Unity will
be a success. A power lifter himself, Talmant
said his connections within the sport are one
of the main factors behind this.
"People lack trust
from outsiders trying to set up events (like
this)," he said of other attempts by groups or
companies to organize lifts. "I'm on the
inside. People around the sport trust me."
The action is set
to begin at 10 a.m. for both the
Saturday and Sunday meets. Seating will be
arranged on a first-come, first-serve