Author Archives: Al Myers

Lifter of the Month – James Fuller

by Al Myers

James Fuller in action performing a Hip Lift at the Heavy Lift Championships in York, PA a few years back.

James Fuller in action performing a Hip Lift at the Heavy Lift Championships in York, PA a few years back.

The USAWA Lifter of the Month for May is James Fuller.  James had a great performance at the USAWA Heavy Lift Championships, and won best overall lifter.  Best lifter at the Heavy Lift Championships is a hard one to get, as there are always many outstanding seasoned heavy lifters competing in this meet.   I now consider James as part of this  “seasoned group” as he’s been very involved in many heavy lift meets over the past few years. When he straps on the belts and chains he knows what to do!

Congrats James on being the Lifter of the Month!

Year in Reviews now on Website

by Al Myers

I just got it finished! I’ve added a section to the website that contains all the past USAWA Year in Reviews.  These can be found under the menu heading “About Us” located towards the bottom of the listing. The first Year in Review was done in 2009, and I’ve kept doing them every year since.  Each time before I undergo this project I wonder if it’s worth it – as all the information in them is currently on the website. But I go forth as I think it’s important to preserve our history in other forms than just the website.  Every year a few lifters buy these Year in Reviews so I have a few printed and bound.  However, now all of them are available for FREE DOWNLOAD! There’s a lot of information in each book. It would take a full evening to read one of them in one sitting. Enjoy!

Award Program History

by Al Myers

I spent some time yesterday compiling a listing of all past USAWA Award Program Winners.  The official USAWA Award Program began in 2009, which gives out awards every year chosen by the membership.  I have been the director of this Awards Program since it began, and is something that I’m very proud of.  We have so many great people and lifters in our organization and this is just one way to recognize their accomplishments.

This listing will be kept in our History Archive on the website.  I will add to it each year to always keep it current. I’m hoping to do more research and find other award winners of the past.  I know at times before this program started “special awards” were given out either by the organization or individuals at our National Championships. I would like to include that information as well as it’s part of the USAWA history and should not be forgotten. If anyone has this information, or part of it, please pass it along to me so these awards can be recorded in this archive.

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Each year the USAWA  nominates and selects individuals for special awards.  These awards are given on behalf of the USAWA for outstanding merit in several categories. Below is a listing of past award winners.

2015 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Denny Habecker Dean Ross
Leadership Award Al Myers Denny Habecker
Sportsmanship Award Frank Ciavattone Art Montini
Courage Award Denny Habecker Chad Ullom
Newcomer Award Emily Burchett Matt Hancock
Club of the Year Dino Gym Habecker’s Gym

2014 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Chad Ullom Eric Todd
Leadership Award Al Myers Denny Habecker
Sportsmanship Award Frank Ciavattone Dave Glasgow
Courage Award Art Montini Dick Durante
Newcomer Award Steve Santangelo Jeff Ciavattone
Club of the Year Frank’s Barbell Club Ledaig Athletic Club

2013 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Al Myers Eric Todd
Leadership Award Denny Habecker Thom Van Vleck
Sportsmanship Award Dennis Mitchell Dave Glasgow
Courage Award Dean Ross Art Montini
Newcomer Award Mike McIntyre Logan Kressly
Club of the Year Dino Gym Habecker’s Gym

2012 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Chad Ullom Dan Wagman
Leadership Award Al Myers Denny Habecker
Sportsmanship Award Dave Glasgow Lance Foster
Courage Award Dale Friesz Art Montini
Newcomer Award Ruth Jackson James Fuller
Club of the Year Ledaig Athletic Club Salvation Army Gym

2011 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Al Myers Larry Traub
Leadership Award Thom Van Vleck Denny Habecker
Sportsmanship Award Mike Murdock Art Montini
Courage Award Dale Friesz Dave Glasgow
Newcomer Award Dean Ross LaVerne Myers
Club of the Year Dino Gym Ledaig Athletic Club

2010 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Chad Ullom Al Myers
Leadership Award Al Myers Thom Van Vleck
Sportsmanship Award Rudy Bletscher Mike Murdock
Courage Award Dale Friesz none
Newcomer Award Larry Traub none
Club of the Year Habecker’s Gym Ambridge BBC

2009 Award Winners

WINNER RUNNERUP
Athlete of the Year Al Myers Chad Ullom
Leadership Award Bill Clark Al Myers
Sportsmanship Award Denny Habecker Art Montini
Courage Award Dale Friesz Frank Ciavattone
Newcomer Award Dave Glasgow Kohl Hess
Club of the Year Dino Gym Ambridge BBC

 

Team Championships

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
2016 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS

The date for the USAWA Team Championships has been set – September 3rd.  I started promoting the Team Championships in 2007, which features “team lifting”, a combination of 2 lifters on a bar lifting the weight together. This makes for a very exciting event as the 2 lifters must be in coordination with each other to make a successful lift!

MEET DETAILS:

Meet Director: Al Myers

Meet Date: Saturday, September 3rd, 2016

Meet Time: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410

Sanction: USAWA Membership required

Weigh-Ins: Noon the day of the meet

Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women

Entry Fee: None

Lifts:

Hackenschmidt Floor Press

Deadlift – Fulton Bar, One Arm

Deadlift – Stiff Legged

Registration:  There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at amyers@usawa.com

Frank’s BBC Record Breaker

by Al Myers

MEET ANNOUNCEMENT
FRANK’S BARBELL CLUB RECORD BREAKER

Frank Ciavattone, owner and Club President of Frank’s Barbell Club, has sanctioned a record day at his gym on August 15th, 2016.  Most  lifts can be contested for USAWA/IAWA records, but to be sure I recommend you contact Frank beforehand.  Below is the contact information for Frank:

Frank’s Barbell Club
204 East Street
East Walpole, MA 02032
Phone: (508)-668-5200

There is no entry form for this record day. Contact Frank directly for further details.

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