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UNI to host Taiwan delegation for International Power-Lift, Strength and Sport Summit


Jed Smith, instructor, UNI's School Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, 319-273-7867,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa will host the second International Power-Lift, Strength and Sport Summit July 4 through 11. The summit will host 14 coaches, educators and former Olympic athletes from Taiwan interested in professional sport and athlete development.

UNI has become a premier institute for individuals to study, research and disseminate information in the field of strength and conditioning. Jed Smith, assistant director of strength and conditioning and instructor in UNI's School of Health, Physical Education and Leisure Services, sees benefits for everyone involved, "The hope is that the University of Northern Iowa can have an ongoing partnership with the government of Taiwan for the purpose of educating their coaches."

Smith noted that Olympic sports are the primary area of interest for the Taiwanese government. "The symposium we are hosting will be geared to help develop Olympic sports coaches at all levels of development in Taiwan, from grassroots to elite. We are very excited to help the country of Taiwan in this endeavor." During their visit, the delegation will hear from UNI coaches and faculty regarding theory, research and athletic training. They will also observe the workouts of current UNI basketball, wrestling and football athletes.