by Thom Van Vleck
Wayne Smith deadlifting the front end of a Volkswagon. This was one of Wayne's favorite photos.
Got word that one of our USAWA brothers and long time Jackson Weightlifting Club member Wayne Smith passed away. Wayne was a guy that goes way back. He did the “Odd Lifting” back in the 50’s and 60’s when Ed Zercher kept the records. Smith even predates Bill Clark in his lifting career. There are a couple of good stories on Wayne Smith archived in the website if you’d like to brush up on this great lifter.
The last meet Wayne attended was last year’s USAWA Nationals held in Kirksville, Missouri. Wayne had to enjoy the meet as a spectator but he told me at one point how he itched to get on the platform. He even said he hoped to get back into shape to do so!
I have many stories on Wayne, he was a unique individual that loved his weightlifting. He encouraged me a lot and since he never had kids of his own, I think in some way he adopted me. He would take photos around bragging on me and it made me want to live up to his stories! Which made me train harder as sometimes Wayne could make a guy look too good! But he always spoke highly of his friends, that was just him. The last time I visited him he insisted that I go around the nursing home to introduce me to everyone. He was a friend to all.
Wayne will be missed. His funeral will be next Monday in Kirksville. I you have a kind word about him you would like to pass on, send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will make sure his family and friends get it. His legend will live on, not because he was the greatest lifter but because he was the greatest friend.
by Al Myers
Dan Wagman performing a IAWA World Record of 112.5 KG in the Pullover and Press at the 2012 IAWA World Championships.
Dan Wagman, the 2012 IAWA World Championships’ OVERALL BEST LIFTER, has video recorded the Championships and has made this video available to everyone. But first let me say a few things about Dan. I met Dan several years ago when he lived in Lawrence, Kansas getting his PhD from the University of Kansas. At that time he came to my place to train a few times. He has competed in the USAWA before, but it has been a few years (2006 Nationals), so he is no newcomer to All Round Weightlifting. Dan has a VERY DEEP RESUME of lifting accomplishments. It would take several pages to give an overview of everything he has achieved. For those that don’t know this – Dan is the Publisher/Editor in Chief of the Journal of Pure Power. It is a MUST READ for all strength athletes. It is an online magazine that covers the scientific knowledge of weightlifting and sports training. It gives just the FACTS that have been proven in research – not opinions and general ideas like most all other magazines. Dan’s journalistic efforts have been published in several other magazines throughout the years.
I recommend that everyone “check out” the trial issue of Pure Power. I am sure that you will be impressed. I also recommend that you get a subscription so that you will be “up to date” on all the latest strength research. It is one of the few magazines worth reading now a days. Details of this are contained within this link to the videos from the World Championships.
LINK TO WORLD MEET VIDEOS: