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Battle of Camden Power Meet on tap Feb. 28
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The inaugural Battle of Camden Power Meet will be held at Camden High School on Saturday, Feb. 28.

Proceeds from the competition will benefit the Special Olympics of Kershaw County and will include competitions in the following events: bench press, push pull and dead lift. In addition, there will be an exclusive novice division for first-time competitors.

The weight classes will be divided into men and women in the 97-, 105-, 114-, 123-, 132-, 148-, 165-, 187-, 198-, 220-, 242-, 249, 275-, 308-pound divisions as well as a superheavyweight classification. The age divisions will include open, teenage (13-15, 16-17 and 18-19). All college students must show their college Id in order to take part. There will also be a division for policemen and firemen, Sub-Masters (35-39), Masters (40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 80 and older. There will also be a Special Olympians category for pre-teen and junior lifters.

Awards will be presented to the top three finishers in each weight class while a best lifter award will be presented in all divisions which have three or more competitors.

The entry fee is $60, which includes a T-shirt. There is a $40 crossover fee and late entry fees will apply. All Special Olympians will compete free of charge. The meet will be open to the first 60 lifters with those competitors under the age of 18 needing to be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Any competitor who plans to try and set a state or national record at the meet is asked to get in contact with Coach Ron Blackmon, see information below, as soon as possible.

For entry and other information on the event, please contact Coach Ron Blackmon at 427-1711 or, by e-mailing, or by contacting Special Olympics of Kershaw County Chairman Billy Newman at 427-5840.