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Plymouth Rock RD

by Al Myers


Frank Ciavattone, owner and Club President of Frank’s Barbell Club, has sanctioned a meet at his gym on November 12th, 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.

Meeting Time

by Al Myers

The IAWA World Championships is fast approaching – hard to believe it’s only a week away. Part of the Championships weekend’s festivities includes the IAWA Annual General Meeting. The IAWA has only one meeting per year and it’s always part of the World Championships to give the best opportunity to attend.

Meet Director Denny Habecker has set the time and place for the AGM of the IAWA.   It will be held Friday night, October 7th, at 7:00 PM.  The meeting will be held at the meet venue:

New York Fitness
1139 Quentin Road
Lebanon Plaza Mall
Lebanon, PA 17042

If you are interested in being involved in the politics and policies of the IAWA you should attend this meeting. As President I have developed an agenda for the meeting.

2016 IAWA Annual General Meeting Agenda
1. Meeting called to order with Roll Call
2. Reading of the 2015 IAWA minutes by IAWA General Secretary Frank Allen
3. Report on the World Postal Championships by promoter Steve Gardner
4. Report on upcoming 2016 Gold Cup – Abilene, KS
5. Report from the IAWA Technical Committee by chairman Dennis Mitchell
6. Report on 2017 Worlds – Perth, Australia by Peter Phillips
7. Report on the 2017 Gold Cup – Glasgow by George Dick
8. New Business
9. Election of Officers
10. Submit Bids for 2019 Worlds and Gold Cup
11. Words from 2016 World Meet Promoter – Denny Habecker
12. Meeting Adjourned

More on the Century Club

by Al Myers

After updating the Century Club this week I want to reflect on it some.  The Century Club is the elite club of record holders in the USAWA – for those who hold over 100 USAWA Records. I started this several years ago to showcase the super lifting talent in our organization.

I get very excited when the Century Club gets a new member, like this time with the addition of Susan Sees.  As you look down the list you see a line up of current USAWA Hall of Famers and future Hall of Famers. Some of the lifters competed many years before while some are still very active lifters today. A handful have competed during the entire reign of the USAWA  – lifters like Denny Habecker, Art Montini, Frank Ciavattone, Joe Garcia, John McKean, Bill Clark, and Dennis Mitchell.

I keep a list of their numbers from the previous count so you can tell who is currently the most active.  These lifters have increased their record count the most since the previous count:

1. Dean Ross +28
2. Frank Ciavattone +12
3. LaVerne Myers +9
4. Bill Clark +8
5.  Al Myers +7

Dean Ross has been on “feeding frenzy” these past couple of years setting and breaking new USAWA records. Every list he jumps a lifter or two. He now sits in the number 6th spot.  Dean has accomplished this by competing EVERYWHERE and OFTEN across the country at practically every USAWA event.  If you don’t know Dean Ross and you’re in the USAWA you must be hiding under a rock.

Our Prez Denny Habecker still leads the list with 542 USAWA Records. He has a commanding lead and is the only lifter over 500.  At one time I thought 500 records was unrealistic for anyone to reach. But again – Denny has always been extremely active in the USAWA, and the more competitions you attend the more record opportunities you get.  Who knows – Denny may reach 1000 before he’s done!

A few superstars of the past stay constant in their numbers.  Anyone who break’s a Bob Hirsh, John Monk, Chris Waterman, or a Ed Schock record is really accomplishing something. Those guys set their records high.

Now who’s gonna be next to make the Century Club? I have always been pretty good at predicting this. There are several lifter’s getting pretty close.  My bet is on Dave Glasgow (now at 96) and Jeff Ciavattone (at 86) to be the first to get there.  An outside bet would go to Joe Ciavattone Jr. (at 82) and Eric Todd (at 83). Two lifters who have reemerged in the USAWA this past year have chances if they keep after competitions – Abe Smith (at 91) and Barry Pensyl (82).

There’s one lifter who will make it but it will take him a year.  That is Randy Smith. Randy now stands at 99 USAWA Records!  Randy has earned his records the hardest way possible by only setting them at the USAWA National Championships which has been the only yearly USAWA competition Randy has been doing lately. This says alot about Randy as only the main core lifts are contested at Nationals so he’s not picking up easy obscure lift records at record day meets. He’s getting his records on the BIG STAGE.

But with all this excitement there is one thing that makes me a little sad about the Century Club.  That is when lifters fall out of it.  The late Mike “Murdo” Murdock is standing now at 101 (down 3) and probably will be off the list by next count.  Several others have been (or would have been if the Century Club was started sooner) but are not on it now because they have died.  I really feel there should be a honorary designation for these past great lifters.  I can think of several here – John Vernacchio, Rex Monahan,  and Joe McCoy.  This is something Dean Ross proposed to me and I agree with him on it.   I would like a little support from the organization on this idea.  If I get 5 lifters telling me it’s a good idea I’ll make it happen!

New Official – Rocky Morrison

by Al Myers

I always like it when we get a new certified official in the USAWA. Rocky Morrison of Frank’s Barbell Club just passed the certification process and is now an active Level 1 official. Rocky completed this entire process in under 1 month!  We have been criticized by some saying our officials certification is too difficult  and thus discouraging new officials. But Rocky has proved this NOT TO BE THE CASE as he completed the entire thing in under 30 days.

Now for a brief review on the officials certification process.  First you take an open book test covering the rules in the Rule Book. All questions have answers that can be found in the Rule Book.  You must score over 90% to pass.  The USAWA Official’s Director Joe Garcia grades the test and the test must be sent to him. This is step one. You can retake it as many times as needed.  Once you pass Joe lets me know and I list you as an USAWA Official in Training.

Step two involves successfully completing 3 training sessions at a sanctioned USAWA event. You must have a Level 2 official “sign off” that you were competent completing the session. A form is available on the website that must be completed fully and signed. You may have a different Level 2 Official for each session if you want – or have the same one for all 3 sessions. When completed send this form to Joe for verification and when it’s approved  he lets me know and I list you on the website as a Level 1 official!  That’s it!

Again – big congrats to Rocky for becoming a Certified Official in the USAWA!!!!

Susan makes the Century Club!

by Al Myers

Susan Sees competing in the 2012 USAWA National Championships in Las Vegas.

Susan Sees competing in the 2012 USAWA National Championships in Las Vegas.

I have just updated the USAWA Record List from this summers competitions and there’s BIG NEWS – Susan Sees has just joined the Century Club! The Century Club recognizes lifters who hold over 100 USAWA records. In the Women’s Century Club there are only FOUR lifters who have this honor – 1. Noi Phumchona (260), 2. Ruth Jackson (258), 3. Mary McConnaughey (146), and now Susan at 105 USAWA Records. Our USAWA Record goes way back to the first competition held under USAWA sanction close to 30 years ago.  There have been alot of great women lifters in the USAWA, but this group is the elite record setters.

Congrats Susan!  I know you have worked hard to achieve this and the entire organization is proud of you.

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