Heavy Lift Champs Update

By Al Myers

Since my blog the other day on the history of the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships, I have received overwhelming support of information from several lifters.  I have these guys to thank for making this review complete: Frank Ciavattone, Denny Habecker, and Joe Garcia.  Thanks guys!

I’m now able to fill in the “open slots” in this summary. Of interest to me, 1994 was considered the first ever Heavy Lift Championships, as designated on the meet summary by Bill Clark. Before this the meet was known as the Schmidt’s Backbreaker Pentathlon, named after legendary heavy lifter Steve Schmidt.  Bill continued to promote the Backbreaker on years Clark’s Gym did not host the Heavy Lift Championships following 1994.

The summary below will be kept in our history archives and updated each year with the new best lifters. I plan over the next few weeks to do more stories highlighting the history of the Heavy Lift Championships.  The Heavy Lift Championships is our second longest running Championship event in the USAWA behind our annual National Championships. It has a deep history and deserves more recognition.

HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE PROMOTER LOCATION MENS CHAMPION WOMENS CHAMPION
5/7/2016 Denny Habecker Lebanon, PA James Fuller Cassie Morrison
5/2/2015 Eric Todd Cameron, MO Eric Todd Mary McConnaughey
5/3/2014 Al Myers Holland, KS Eric Todd none
5/4/2013 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Al Myers Colleen Lane
5/12/2012 Roger LaPointe Bowling Green, OH Eric Todd none
5/21/2011 Denny Habecker York, PA Joe Garcia none
11/6/2010 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
5/16/2009 Denny Habecker Lebanon, PA Al Myers none
11/15/2008 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
11/9/2007 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
11/12/2006 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
8/27/2005 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone Cara Collins
8/28/2004 Denny Habecker Lebanon, PA Frank Ciavattone Stephanie Meyer
11/9/2003 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
10/19/2002 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone Cara Collins
11/10/2001 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Abe Smith none
11/5/2000 Bill Clark Columbia, MO John Monk none
9/11/1999 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone none
12/5/1998 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone Cara Collins
11/1/1997 Bill Clark Columbia, MO John Carter Amy Burks
10/27/1996 Kerry Clark Columbia, MO John Carter none
10/29/1995 Bill Clark Columbia, MO John Carter Emily Gordon
10/30/1994 Bill Clark Columbia, MO John Carter Kerry Clark

 

Meeting Agenda

By Al Myers

Nationals is right around the corner, and with that comes our Annual National Meeting. The USAWA has only one meeting per year which always coincides with our National Championships. It’s at this meeting the big issues of the USAWA are decided upon.  The rest of the year the organization is governed by the Executive Board.

The meeting will be held at Frank Ciavattone’s home on Friday night (the day before the meet).  Frank’s address is 204 East Street, East Walpole, MA.  Frank has graciously offered to feed us as well before the meeting! Supper will be at 6:00 PM with the meeting following that.  These are Frank’s words:

“The menu for the meeting will be Lasagna and Cold Cuts etc plus drinks! I figure we can eat at 6 and you can start the meeting at 7pm. This will give everyone to spend time to rest or catch up with old friends! Looking forward to our reunion!!! “

As Secretary, I have prepared the agenda for the 2016 Annual Meeting which is as follows.

Business Agenda for the 2016 USAWA National Meeting

1. Meeting called to order by USAWA President Denny Habecker

2. Roll Call by USAWA President Denny Habecker

3. Reading of previous meeting minutes by USAWA Secretary Al Myers

4. Report of financial status by USAWA Treasurer Al Myers

5.  Report from Website Director Al Myers

6.  Report from Awards Director Al Myers

7.  Report from Records Director Al Myers

8.  Report from Drug Enforcement Director Chad Ullom

9.  Report from Officials Director Joe Garcia

10. Report from Postal Meet Director Denny Habecker

11.  Report from IAWA Technical Committee Chairman Dennis Mitchell on upcoming IAWA events and other technical issues that are being discussed by the IAWA Technical Committee

12. Discussion and Vote on the new lift,  Bench Press – 2 Barbells, proposed by Bill Clark.

13.  Discussion of New Business brought forth by the membership

14.  Accept Bids for the 2017 National Championships

15.  Meeting Adjourned

** *If a Director or an Officer is unable to attend this meeting to give their report PLEASE send it to me so I can give it on your behalf!***

Past Review of the Heavy Lift Championships

by Al Myers

A project I’ve been wanting to do for a long time is a complete review of the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships.  Well, I decided it’s time to get that project started!

The Heavy Lift Championships is the longest running Championship event in the USAWA next to the USAWA National Championships.  I’ve been delving into a literature review of this Championships, and have meet results dating back to 2000. I have bits and pieces of information prior to this.

I am missing the results from 1999, 1997, and 1995.  If anyone has those results please send them to me so I can get this summary complete.  As far as I can tell the first USAWA Heavy Lift Championships was held in 1995.  The late Dale Friesz provided me with much of this information prior to his death. Before the first official “Heavy Lift Championships” Bill Clark and Steve Schmidt hosted several years of a heavy lift meet, titled the Backbreaker.  I consider that meet the precusor to the Heavy Lift Championships.

I would like to add additional blogs highlighting some of these Championships once I get all the past results.

HEAVY LIFT CHAMPIONSHIPS

DATE PROMOTER LOCATION MENS CHAMPION WOMENS CHAMPION
5/7/2016 Denny Habecker Lebanon, PA James Fuller Cassie Morrison
5/2/2015 Eric Todd Cameron, MO Eric Todd Mary McConnaughey
5/3/2014 Al Myers Holland, KS Eric Todd none
5/4/2013 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Al Myers Colleen Lane
5/12/2012 Roger LaPointe Bowling Green, OH Eric Todd none
5/21/2011 Denny Habecker York, PA Joe Garcia none
11/6/2010 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
5/16/2009 Denny Habecker Lebanon, PA Al Myers none
11/15/2008 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
11/9/2007 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
11/12/2006 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
8/27/2005 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone Cara Collins
8/28/2004 Denny Habecker Lebanon, PA Frank Ciavattone Stephanie Meyer
11/9/2003 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Steve Schmidt none
10/19/2002 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone Care Collins
11/10/2001 Bill Clark Columbia, MO Abe Smith none
11/5/2000 Bill Clark Columbia, MO John Monk none
????
12/5/1998 Frank Ciavattone Walpole, MA Frank Ciavattone Cara Collins
????
10/27/1996 Kerry Clark Columbia, MO John Carter none
?????

 

World Postal Championships

by Steve Gardner

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT

2016 IAWA WORLD POSTAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

The IAWA World Postal Championships is performed yearly in memory of Andy Goddard.

The IAWA World Postal Championships is performed yearly in memory of Andy Goddard.

The Entry Forms have been sent out around the IAWA World for the 2016 Andy Goddard Memorial World Postal All Round Championships….results have to be back in for the End of August!! Just in case I have overlooked anyone and you have team or group that would love to take part, then please just download the form here and complete it…and Good Luck to all taking part.

ENTRY FORM – World Post Form (PDF)   World Post Form (Word Document)

Lifter of the Month – Joe Garcia

by Al Myers

The USAWA lifter of the month for April goes to Joe Garcia.  Joe won overall best lifter in the Zercher Strength Classic, a meet that dates back to the origins of the USAWA.  Many great all-rounders have competed in the Zercher through the years.  It is a grueling affair – with 13 difficult all-round lifts contested in a single day.

Congrats Joe!!!

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