FHSAA announces Arnold as the 2018 host site for weightlifting state championships

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla (WJHG/WECP) - There's some big news Thursday night on the local high school level.

The Florida High School Athletic Association Thursday announced Arnold High School as the host for the 2018 and 2019 girls and boys weightlifting state championships.

The girls championship will be held in early February, while the boys will compete in early April. Both championships are two day events to be held on Friday and Saturday.

As far as we could tell, Bay County has never hosted this kind of state championship event in any sport. If it has...it hasn't hosted in decades.

Rick Green says the idea came about when the FHSAA was here this summer for a compliance seminar, and looked at Arnold's weight room.

"They both stopped talking and looked at me and said 'what would it take for you at Arnold High School to host both the girls and boys state championships of weightlifting for a two year period," Arnold Athletic Director Rick Green said. "I said, 'we'll have to work out some logistics but we'll do the best we can.' And that's how, we weren't looking to do it, but now we're tickled to death that we do have the chance to do it."

Green projected three thousand people will be brought to the area each competition weekend.