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Frank’s Record Day

by Frank Ciavattone

FRANK’S BARBELL CLUB -Record Breakers Day

Jeff Ciavattone pulling on a thumbless grip deadlift at Frank's Record Day.

Jeff Ciavattone pulling on a thumbless grip deadlift at Frank’s Record Day.

Rainy and on the eve of a snowstorm…
This team meet was the largest we’ve had with the 9 lifters showing up. Jim Fuller from Portland, Maine, Pastor Peter Pirn from Cleveland, Ohio, along with 3 new lifters representing Frank’s Barbell Club: Cassie Morrison, Mike Driscoll and Rocky Morrison. And our veteran lifters: Jess Hopps, Joseph Ciavattone Jr, Joseph Ciavattone, Sr., Frank Ciavattone and Jeff Ciavattone. Along with the exceptional turnout we also had many spectators present to observe this meet.

All of these lifters, in their own way, shined. A little bio about each lifter:
Cassie Morrison – Cassie shows true determination as a relatively new lifter. And definitely will show her true talent in the upcoming meets. Her 2″ Hack was a very easily done lift.

Our second lifter, Jess Hopps, is in her third year competing and is starting to show her all around talent as you can see in the results of this meet. Her 2″ deadlift was actually done with the Ciavattone grip.

It was great to se Joe Ciavattone Jr. Back and like Jess showed his all around feets of strength. All easily done. Jeff Ciavattone, performed all his lifts with ease. Especially his two hands thumbless deadlift, with 206 Kilo, with room for much more. Next was Joe Ciavattone, Sr., Joe not only refereed the meet but he also competed. All of Joe’s lifts were impressive with much more to spare.

Jim Fuller, who continually shows how to perform the all around lifts with excitement and to astonish the crowd. Pastor Peter Pirn, who always smiled whether a miss lift or a record lift and TRULY was a crowd pleaser with all of his lifts. He will be a definite asset to this sport. Mike Driscoll, our new lifter, Mike has natural strength and has been training for approximately for three months and shows improvement after every workout. His highlift for Mike was a trap bar deadlift with a weight of 182 kilos.

Rocky Morrison in action with a Trap Bar Deadlift.

Rocky Morrison in action with a Trap Bar Deadlift.

Rocky Morrison, who not only is a large man but lifts large weights with only 7 months training. Was able to perform 211 kilo trap bar deadlift. An outstanding lift that was executed with ease. As being the meet director hearing the crowd and other lifters applauding everyones high lighted lifts surely made this a successful and wonderful meet.

Now…On to train for the NATIONALS!!!!!!

MEET RESULTS:

Frank’s Record Day
Frank’s Barbell Club
April 16th, 2016

Meet Director: Frank Ciavattone

Cassie Morrison: 20 years, 187 pounds
Hack Dead Lift 2″ Bar 52 ½ K

Jess Hopps: 31 years, 182 pounds
2 Hand Barbell Clean and reverse grip press 27 ½ k
2 Hand Barbell clean & alternate press 27 ½ k
Clean and Press on Knees 25 k
Clean & Press behind neck 25 k
2 Hand Deadlift 81 k

Joeseph Ciavattone Jr.:  22 years,  215 pounds
Ring Fingers Deadlift 117 k
2 hand thumbless Deadlift 182 k
2 hand Fulton Hack lift 162 k
Cheatcurl lefthand 40 k
1 arm Cheatcurl righthand 40 k

Jeff Ciavattone: 36 years, 255 pounds
2″ Fulton Righthand 92 ½ k
2″ Fulton Lefthand 83 k
2 hand thumbless Deadlift 206 k
2 hand Index finger Deadlift 80 k

Jim Fuller:  44 years, 249 pounds
Baby Finger Deadlift 50 k
Ring Finger Deadlift 50 k
Middle Finger Deadlift 50 k
Index Finger Deadlift 50 k
2 hand Thumbless Deadlifts 182 k
Trapbar Deadlifts 171.5 k

Joe Ciavattone, Sr.:  47 years, 229 pounds
Deadlift middle fingers 90 k
2 hand 2″ vertical bar Deadlift 120 k
Trap bar Deadlift 160 k

Peter Pirn: 52 years, 198 pounds
2″ vertical Bar left Hand 63 k<
2 hand 2″ vertical Bar 125 k
Power Rowe bent over Rowe 91 k

Mike Driscoll:  54 years, 192 pounds
1 hand Ciavattone lift 85 k
1 hand Ciavattone right 80 k
Trap Bar dead lift 182 k
2″ hack lift 142 k

Rocky Morrison: 54 years, 303 pounds
1 Hand Ciavattone Lift Lefthand 92 ½ k
1 Hand Ciavattone Lift Righthand 95 k
Trapbar deadlift 211 k

Frank Ciavattone: 61 years, 285 pounds
Weaver Stick Right Hand Forward 2.8 k

***The two referee rule system was used: Frank Ciavattone, Joseph Ciavattone Sr. All weights shown are in Kilos. Special Thank you to James Morrison for loading all the weights, To Rocky Morrison for providing coffee and donuts. Thank Jim and Peter for cominmg the distance to help allow us to making this meet a big success!

Lifter of the Month – Ruth Jackson

by Al Myers

The Lifter of the Month for March goes to Ruth Jackson! Ruth just recently won best overall women’s lifter in the first quarter USAWA Postal Meet.  Ruth has been an active participant in the postal series over the past few years.  In fact I’m gonna brag on her for a moment – this is her 13th CONSECUTIVE overall women’s best lifter win in our Postal Series meets!

Congrats Ruth on being selected as the USAWA Lifter of the Month!

1st Quarter Postal

by Al Myers

MEET RESULTS
1ST QUARTER POSTAL MEET

Meet Results:

1st Quarter USAWA Postal Meet
Jan 1st – March 31st, 2016

Meet Director: Denny Habecker

Lifts: Holdout-Raised, Swing – Dumbbell One Arm, Hack Lift – One Arm

Officials:
Dan Wagman – Certified Official RJ Jackson
Al Myers – Certified Official LaVerne Myers
LaVerne Myers – Certified Official Al Myers
Eric Todd – Certified Official Lance Foster
Dean Ross – Certified Official Al Myers
Lance Foster – Certified Official Eric Todd
Tressa Brooner – Certified Official Mary McConnaughey
Crystal Diggs – Certified Official RJ Jackson

WOMENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT HOLD DB SW HACK TOT PTS
RJ Jackson 54 105 30 50 R 145 R 225 362.3
Tressa Brooner 54 130 40 45 R 95R 180 243.3
Mary McConnaughey 56 314 35 55 R 95 R 185 153.8
Crystal Diggs 29 156 30 25 L 80 L 135 140.2

MENS DIVISION

LIFTER AGE BWT HOLD DB SW HACK TOT PTS
Dan Wagman 39 180 65 131 R 300 L 496 471.2
Al Myers 49 235 65 110 R 310 R 485 437.2
Denny Habecker 73 193 45 65 R 165 R 275 336.1
LaVerne Myers 71 239 30 65 L 185 R 270 289.4
Eric Todd 41 256 85 80 R 175 R 340 271.9
Dean Ross 73 260 35 55 R 135 R 225 234.6
Lance Foster 50 340 45 50 R 185 R 280 212.9

Notes: All lifts recorded in pounds. R and L designates the arm used. TOT is total pounds lifted.  PTS are overall points adjusted for age and bodyweight corrections.

Mike Archer – Rest in Peace

by Steve Gardner

Mike Archer

Mike Archer

Mike Archer sadly passed away on 27th February after losing his battle with Cancer. Following other medical problems Mike developed Cancer and was told it was terminal. He died surrounded by his family and was not in pain. A true Master of the sport, not many could lift with Mike when he was lifting at his best. A great lifter, coach, referee, IAWA (UK) Committee member and good friend to all who knew him. Mike will be well remembered for his exploits at the Sunbury and Hastings Clubs.

Please see below the reference to Mike which was part of the programme when he was inducted into the IAWA(UK) Hall of Fame in 2003:

Mike has been involved in weightlifting for more than 50 years having his first competition in 1952. A superb Champion among lifters, 70 yrs old Mike has come a long way since starting to train with weights to gain bodyweight and improve his all-round strength and fitness after having been turned down as medically unfit for compulsory National Service. A tremendous servant to IAWA (UK) as Technical Committee Officer, Mike has also won several National and World titles, listing his proudest moment as winning the ‘Overall Best Master Lifter’ title at the 1996 IAWA Worlds.

Passing of Mike Archer

by Al Myers

The late great Mike Archer, performing at the Granby Halls over 25 years ago, Mike was a formidable competitor! (photo and caption courtesy of Steve Gardner)

The late great Mike Archer, performing at the Granby Halls over 25 years ago, Mike was a formidable competitor! (photo and caption courtesy of Steve Gardner)

Word has come to me from Steve Gardner that the great English lifter Mike Archer has recently passed away after battling a long illness.  Mike was very involved with the IAWA during the early formative years of our organization.  The past 10 years his involvement has been limited due to his declining health, but his love for all round weightlifting remained.

Mike Archer was involved in all aspects of the organization – lifter, promoter, official and officer.  He was the IAWA(UK) Vice President representative for many years (1992-2012).  He attended many IAWA World Championships, having competed in the United States many times as well as Australia. Many times he placed in the top ten overall at the World Championships.  I counted 8 times, but there may have been more.  In 1999 Mike was the overall best mens lifter in the IAWA World Championships in Australia. He was inducted into the IAWA(UK) Hall of Fame in 2003.

This is just a brief summary of all the accomplishments Mike Archer has achieved in the IAWA.  He will be greatly missed!

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