Ursula Garza Papandrea Two-time senior national champion, two-time Olympic Festival champion, 5 time world team member (1992-1996), and former record holder in both snatch (master’s) and clean and jerk. An elite international athlete and the first and only woman to attain USA Weightlifting's Senior International Coach aka Level 5. One of only 24 such coaches in USA Weightlifting and the only Level 5 coach in Texas. Ursula has extensive national and international experience in competitive weightlifting as an athlete since 1987 and 20 years of coaching experience at national and international levels. Her athletes have competed at and won national championships at the junior, collegiate, senior, and master levels as well as Olympic Trials. She has trained athletes that have represented Team USA at the Junior World Championships, University World Championships, Senior World Championships, and Pan Am Games. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise and Sports Science, and a Master's Degree in Political Science and has had a career as a Professor at Austin Community College since 1994. In 2009 she competed again, winning Master’s National Championships(best lifter award) and again in 2010. She is CrossFit Level 1 certified and have been part of the CrossFit Olympic Lifting Certification Staff since 2009. She also instructs the USAW Level 1 Sports Performance courses.

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