William Van Sickle Virginia Strength and Power HoF inductee 2023

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A brief personal history:
A track athlete and marathon runner in high school. Joined the Air Force in 1982 where I first started playing around with weight lifting. Started lifting more seriously in the 90's, and turned to competitive Powerlifting around 2000.

What led you to your sport:
Around 1999 I was training at a YMCA and the fitness manager, Phillip Battle, was also the state chair for USA Powerlifting. Phillip first exposed me to powerlifting and I was instantly drawn to the sport. The nature of training and competition is very satisfying for me and my drive to continue is as strong now as when I started 22 years ago. 

Achievements in your sport:
*2022 SPF/ISPF World championships 1st *2021 USPC Brute's Star Spangled Powerlifting meet 1st *2020 SPF/ISPF World championships 1st *2019 SPF/ISPF World championships 1st *2018 SPF Halloween Howl 1st *2017 SPF Halloween Howl 1st *2016 SPF Heart of a Lion 1st *2015 GPC/ SPF World Championships 2nd *2014 SPF Halloween Howl 1st *2011 USAPL Virginia State Championships 1st *2008 USAPL Richmond Open 3rd *2008 Phillip Battle Memorial Bench Classic 1st *2007 Chickahominy Bench Press Classic 1st *2006 Chickahominy Bench Press Classic 1st *2004 USAPL Richmond Open 1st *2003 Extreme Gym July Jam Bench Press 1st

State, national and world records:
*SPF Masters 60-64 242lb Single ply record holder in Squat, Deadlift and Total *USPC national record holder for Squat, Bench, Deadlift, and Total masters 60-64 242lb *2011 USAPL masters 2 Squat record

Fabricated strength and conditioning equipment for numerous home and commercial gyms in central VA and NC. 

Activities within the sport:
Frequently help setting up and tearing down for meets, working as platform manager, and supporting other lifters at their comps. I'm always willing to help youth and beginning lifters with training questions etc... as a way to "give back" to the sport as so many people have helped me in the past.


Author: By Strength and Power Hall of Fame | Created: Wed Jan 25 21:54:10 UTC 2023 | Last Updated: Thu Jan 26 20:14:32 UTC 2023