DISCOVERING THE POWER WITHIN USA Women’s Powerlifting Team Member Encourages The Quad Cities To Discover Their Inner Strength At the North Family YMCA Print
News Releases - Sports & Recreation
Written by Kathy Horrell   
Friday, 07 August 2009 15:57

Davenport, Iowa – August 7, 2009 – Accomplishing your goals can be a difficult task but for USA Powerlifter Deborah Ferrell, overcoming obstacles is a skill that has given her world-wide recognition.  On Thursday, August 13, at 1:30pm, Ferrell will share her story with the Quad City community at a free public speaking event.

Text Box: Deborah Ferrell 2007 USA Powerlifting Women’s Bench Press TeamThis 45-year old is a 4-time Master’s World’s Bench Press Champion and Champ of Champions.  She currently holds the Open and Master’s world record in single lift bench press and is a 4-time Open World Bench Press Champion.  She is in the Quad Cities to help Palmer College of Chiropractic celebrate their 2009 homecoming and will participate in a free community presentation on goal setting, overcoming obstacles and achieving your personal best.

Deborah lives in Anchorage, Alaska and is a collections manager for GCI Communications.  She began lifting in 1996 and her best competition bench press is 420 lbs.  One of her motivations for success – being drug free.  She has been recognized by fellow lifters as the first drug-free female to bench over 400 lbs.

“When you think of powerlifting many think of it as a man’s sport but Deborah along with her fellow female bench press athletes are changing that mind-set,” said Jan Trimble, Executive Director of the North Family YMCA. “We are very excited to be able to share her inspirational story with our YMCA members, area athletes and the community at large.  Anyone looking for a way to discover the power within will not be disappointed.”

Deborah will share here unique story and talk about her success in this physically and mentally challenging sport at 1:30pm, on Thursday, August 13, at the Paul Holzworth Auditorium, at Davenport North High School, 626 West 53rd Street, Davenport.  This free community event is sponsored by Palmer College of Chiropractic, the North Family YMCA and Davenport Community School District.

The YMCA: A Long-Standing Commitment to Health of Spirit, Mind and Body

The Scott County Family Y is one of the area’s largest community service organizations.  Serving more than 2-million people in 2008, the Scott County Family Y offers a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, family strengthening and health and well-being for all.  The YMCA unites men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels - proudly serving the Quad Cities for nearly 150 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information visit the Scott County Family Y website,

blog comments powered by Disqus