"To Promote Unity in Powerlifting Worldwide"
The WUAP is a family of powerlifters and powerlifting supporters from all over the world. I would like to help you get to know some of the familiar faces of the WUAP around the world. Not only are these people great lifters and ambassadors for the sport, but they are all great friends as well. The people you will meet here are listed in alphabetical order based on country.
Rudolf Siska - Slovakia
Rudolf is an accomplished lifter with several WUAP World Championships under his belt. Rudolf serves the WUAP as Interim President. Rudolf has hosted the 2010 World Championships and several European Championships in Trnava Slovakia.
Meinhard Schroder - Germany
Meinhard has been one of the top International Judges in a number of Federations for year. After the end of his lifting career, Meinhard has served the WUAP with never ending enthusiasm as a board member and one of 3 people who may test new International judges.
Karel Koldovský - Czech Republic
Karel serves the WUAP as the President of WUAP Czech Republic. Karel is a World Champion Benchpresser and an International Referee. Karel is the type of person that powerlifting needs and lifters should look up to.
Martin Kosnar - Czech Republic
Martin Kosnar is the standard that all WUAP male powerlifters are measured against. Martin holds World Records that may never be touched in the WUAP and usually never truly challenged on the platform. Martin is an International Referee and great ambassador for the sport.
Didier Michelon - France
If you look up World Class in the dictionary, you will see this face. Didier Michelon of France is one of the most accomplished benchpressers in the world. His great personality is infectious and just makes a contest a better place.
Frank Hurass - Germany
Frank Hurass is the Owner of Metal Europe, a dealer of Metal Powerlifting Gear. Frank also operates a powerlifting school in Lauchhammer Germany. This school teaches powerlifting to young boys and girls. Frank also founded Powerlifting Lauchhammer Team. Frank was the host of the 2008 World Championships and will host the 2014 World Cup.
This picture was taken during my visit to the school in 2012.
Melanie Hurass - Germany
Melanie Hurass is the wife of Frank Hurass. She is an accomplished lifter herself and helps with the powerlifting school, coaches Powerlifting Lauchhammer athletes and is a partner with Frank in the success of Metal Europe. Melanie is fluent in German, English and French.
This picture taken with Jodi Parkhurst is in front of a man made lake. This was taken while Frank and Mel showed us around their homeland before the 2012 World Championships.
Frank Kutzsch - Germany
Frank was the promoter of the 2012 World Championships in Herzberg, Germany. This was one of the best contests I have ever attended. The host City was fantastic and we were all treated like sports superstars. Frank is currently bidding to host the 2016 Worlds.
Jozef Svitok - Slovakia
Jozef is a Slovakian Record Holder and a talented Web Designer and IT "guru." His work includes the AWPC Slovakia Web site and the New WUAP Web Site. Jozef speaks fluent German, Slovak, English and Czech. Jozef is the General Secretary to Rudolf Siska.
About the WUAP:
Originally established in 2003, and having undergone restructuring in 2005 The WUAP is an Amateur International Powerlifting Organization comprised of Members from Europe and the United States. The WUAP Member Nations truly encourage and promote the success of its other Member Nations
The WUAP-USA is the United States Representative to this Organization. The WUAP-USA will support the success of the WUAP and maintain a healthy relationship with the Member Nations of the WUAP