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USA Weightlifting meets IWF

Ursula Garza Papandrea, USA WL President and Phil Andrews, CEO held discussions in their recently elected positions with Dr. Tamas Ajan, IWF President, Attila Adamfi, Director General and Lilla Rozgonyi, Communication and Marketing Director.

Ursula Garza Papandrea has been an athlete and coach in Olympic weightlifting for over 25 years and is committed to the sport of weightlifting. She is the first and only woman to ever attain USA Weightlifting’s highest coaching level, Senior International Coach Level 5. Ursula earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science, and a Master’s Degree in Political Science both from Texas State University. She is and has been a Technical Director on USA Weightlifting’s Board of Directors since 2009.

Ursula Garza Papandrea and Phil Andrews presented the framework of the new ideology and working structure of USA WL as well as their strong commitment to projects that would develop the sport on the American soil.

Besides their plans and innovative ideas regarding financial, organizational, coaching, marketing activities and grassroots development, USA WL will become an even more active member of the weightlifting community and organize competitions regularly on an international scale.