Women’s Hall of Fame – 2007
Stephanie Misaki Whiting began her interest in powerlifting in 1982 after taking a weight training class at the age of 34. She quickly became involved in the sport by helping to run meets and coach other lifters. The following year, she entered competition and since then has competed in 64 meets on the local, national and international level.
In 1984 she was elected to the USPF Women’s Committee, as well as the first ADFPA Womens Committee. By 1987, she decided to devote all her organizational energies to drug-free powerlifting and was elected to the ADFPA National Governing Body’s Executive Committee, where she served for 10 years. During that time, Stephanie chaired the ADFPA Discipline Committee and the ADFPA Law and Legislation Committee. One of the largest projects undertaken by the Law and Legislation Committee was to update and rewrite the organization’s By-Laws. After 1997 when the ADFPA became the USAPL, she completed one more year on the Executive Committee. In 1998 and 2000, she chaired the USAPL Discipline Committee.
In 1995 Stephanie initiated, chaired and coordinated the ADFPA Strategic Plan which produced the first ADFPA Mission Statement, in addition to a meet director’s guide, position descriptions for NGB officers, committee chairs and state chairs and a national championship bid proposal guide. In 1996 she completed 12 years of service on the ADFPA Womens Committee.
Another way that Stephanie enjoyed promoting and giving back to drug-free powerlifting was to become a referee. She was in the first group of ADFPA National Referees to be inducted as WDFPF International Judges. She continues to judge for the USAPL and in 22 years has judged 72 meets on the local, national and international level. Stephanie’s goal in all of her organizational work was to insure excellence in the administration of the sport, meaning the promotion of top quality drug-free competition, scrupulous record keeping and being attentive to lifters’ needs.
Other Promotional Achievements
- Designed the first ADFPA promotional brochure “Why the ADFPA”.
- Wrote articles for PLUSA and Powerlifting Today highlighting drug-free lifters.
- Wrote and edited the ADFPA Corner column in PLUSA.
- ADFPA Wisconsin State Chair for 10 years.
- Proposed and wrote the initial ADFPA guidelines for prevention of blood borne pathogens.
- Represented ADFPA/USAPL at international powerlifting meetings.
- Established and coordinated Wisconsin Special Olympics Powerlifting.
Stephanie is grateful for the opportunities and friendships that have come from her years of powerlifting involvement. She is a licensed mental health counselor in Wisconsin. She has two married daughters. She and her husband enjoy spending time in Kauai.
- M.A. Communication, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
- M.S. Counseling Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
2007 USAPL Women’s Hall of Fame Sponsors
The Women’s Hall of Fame Committee would like to thank those who sponsored Bettina’s induction to the Women’s Hall of Fame. Each of the sponsors below played an important part of helping with the induction ceremony held at the USAPL Women’s Nationals in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, February 17, 2007
- Sue Hallen
- USA Powerlifting