Many of you may have not heard but 3x National Champion and 3x World Team Member Sarah Robles was selected by the London Olympic Committee and the International Weightlifting Federation to be the sole US representative at this event. The event will take place Dec 10th & 11th at the ExCel Center in London, England the site of the 2012 Summer Olympics for Weightlifting. Four weight classes were asked to participate at this Competition: Two Classes for Women 69 & 75+ kilos and Two Classes for the Men 94 & 105+ kilo. Only twelve per weight class forty eight overall athletes in the World were asked to go and compete and Sarah was selected. Unfortunately, the cost for airfare for this trip is not covered by USAW. Both Sarah and I are required to pay for this trip out of pocket. We are asking for help in this regard. Ticket prices to London around this time can be around $1,000-$1,400 per ticket from Phoenix. We will be trying to raise all of the money through donations and various charity events that we will be hosting leading up to the event in December.

We need to raise $2,500 for the cost of the Airfare for both Sarah and myself, Joe Micela.

How can you help?


We are accepting Monetary Donations in any amount. 100% of your donation will directly go to the trip cost.

Please send Donations to:
Team Arizona Weightlifting
(In the memo line right London Test Event)
916 E. Baseline Rd. Suite 130
Mesa, AZ 85204

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T-Shirt Purchase

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Olympic Weightlifting Seminar

October 1st & November 19th at Performance One Advanced Sports Training in Mesa, Arizona. We will be conducting a 4 hour Olympic Weightlifting Seminar with all the Team Arizona National Team Members helping out. Come learn, lift, and get coached by myself, 2011 World Women’s Head Coach, 3x National Champion Sarah Robles, and 2011 World University Team Member Collin Ito. Cost is $60

This is a huge deal and Sarah like any other US Athlete should be given the opportunity to go to this event. We will do all that we can to get her there.

On behalf of Sarah and myself I thank you. I can be reached at or

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