It looks like the 2015 NPGL season will only be about four weeks long, but they are still going full-on with their team selection process. Here are the first picks of this year’s draft complete with a video highlighting the top eight.
Congrats to all the athletes, we can’t wait to see you guys (and girls) throw down!
1. Christen Wagner (Baltimore Anthem)
2. Whitney Gelin (Boston Iron)
3. Robert Blackwell (Los Angeles Reign)
4. Brooke Wells (Miami Surge)
5. Britt Ringstrom (Boston Iron)
6. Wes Kitts (New York Rhinos)
7. Ashley Beaver (San Francisco Fire)
8. Shawn Ramirez (DC Brawlers)
The 2015 NPGL Draft was an opportunity for the league’s eight teams to fill out their rosters and find a balance of skill sets with both specialists and generalists.
The athletes drafted in the first round filled those needs, and in the case of the eighth pick by the DC Brawlers, Shawn Ramirez brings them solidifies their 40+ male position.
The top drafted athletes all agreed they are proud to be a part of Grid.
“To be drafted into the NPGL is absolutely amazing,” said the No. 1, Christen Wagner, selected by the expansion team Baltimore Anthem. “It’s just new and upcoming and the possibilities are endless, and I want to be a part of where it’s going to go and how it’s going to develop over the years.”
The team is one of the most impressionable aspects of Grid.
“Grid, it’s so much fun,” said Whitney Gelin, No. 2 pick by the Boston Iron. “It allows you to compete as a team and feel like you’re part of something bigger than yourself.”
Boston had two selections in the first round, also drafting Britt Ringstrom with the fifth pick.
“What I love about Grid is that co-ed aspect, you get to work with a team, you get to work with men and women and I think the coolest part about a team, is everybody has their strengths, everybody has their weakness but at the end of the day, it’s more about who works well together,” Ringstrom said.
Third pick Rob Blackwell (Los Angeles Reign) and seventh pick Ashley Beaver (San Francisco Fire) both represent the types of athletes needed on Grid teams. Blackwell describes himself as a barbell specialist, and Beaver said despite having a gymnastics background, she has been putting in the work with weightlifting the past few years so she is an all-around athlete.
With the eighth and final pick of the first round, the DC Brawlers drafted Shawn Ramirez. The 40+ athlete said he’s looking forward to being a part of Grid’s second season.
“You’ve got to just show that passion and that drive to be able to put everything out there on the line for your teammates and for the people watching and for the family that is supporting you,” Ramirez said.
“It really is exciting to have an opportunity like this, 40+. Unless you’re a golf pro, there’s not many sports out there that support 40+ athletes. It’s very exciting.”
Read the full story on the NPGL Draft here: https://www.npgl.com/content/posts/npgl-teams-pumped-with-2015-draft-picks
Learn more about Grid at NPGL.com
With the 2015 Draft in the books, teams have less than two months to get ready for Grid Opening Weekend, June 13-14 at FitExpo San Jose. Tickets are available now. View the full season schedule at NPGL.com.
Grid is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Grid has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem.
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