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The Meeting Agenda

By Al Myers

Before long the USAWA National Championships will be here, and with that the annual meeting of the USAWA.   We have one meeting per year to make our major yearly decisions and we always coordinate that with our Nationals.

The Annual Meeting will be held at the meet venue on Saturday following the day’s lifting.  So the date for the meeting is SATURDAY JUNE 24th.  Start time for the meeting will be right after the lifting, so around 4 to 5 PM. Everything is pretty straight forward on the meeting agenda this year.  There doesn’t seem to be any controversial decisions to be made, so I’m hoping for a short meeting.

Business Agenda for the 2017 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 lifts:
  • Clark Lift proposed by Bill Clark
  • Pinch Grip Deadlift proposed by Al Myers
  • Pinch Grip – Strict proposed by Al Myers
  1. Discussion and Vote on Rule Changes
  2. Discussion of New Business brought forth by the membership
  3. Election of Officers
  4. Accept Bids for the 2018 National Championships
  • One prior proposal by Al Myers, to be held in Abilene, KS the last weekend of June
  1. 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!***

Lifter of the Month – Tony Patterson

By Al Myers



Tony Patterson performing a Ciavattone Grip Deadlift at the 2016 IAWA World Championships.

Tony Patterson performing a Ciavattone Grip Deadlift at the 2016 IAWA World Championships.

A big congrats goes to Tony Patterson for being selected as the USAWA Lifter of the Month for March.  Tony lifts out of Frank’s Barbell Club in Walpole, MA and is a regular participant at club events.  Tony loves the USAWA grip lifts, and at a club record day in March put up a couple very impressive records.   He lifted 200 pounds with the Right Hand Fulton Dumbbell, and 210 pounds in the Right Hand 2″ Vertical Bar Lift.

I first met Tony at the 2016 IAWA World Championships in Lebanon last fall, which was his first IAWA event. I was very impressed with his lifting at Worlds and enjoyed getting to know him.

Congrats Tony!

Time to Nominate!

by Al Myers

It’s that time of the year again to nominate deserving lifters for the yearly awards!  The USAWA award program was started in 2009 to honor those individuals that displays outstanding achievements throughout the year in different categories.  I have been the USAWA Award Director that entire time and was the one who started the USAWA Awards Program.  Part of the USAWA budget goes to these awards, which means that part of your membership dues support this program. These awards are awarded at the Annual General Meeting of the USAWA, which occurs at the same time as the National Championships.   It is important to remember when “casting your vote” that these awards are for the calendar year 2016 (which is the calendar the USAWA follows for memberships, etc.).  Now for a little “overview” of the rules for nominations:

  • You  must be a USAWA member to make a nomination or cast a vote
  • Nominated individuals must be a USAWA members to be eligible
  • Only one individual may be nominated per person per award
  • Two nominations for each award may be submitted, one for your choice of the Winner and one for your choice of the runner-up.
  • The awards are for the calendar year 2016
  • An individual may be nominated for more than one award

These are the different awards for which you should chose your nominations for:

 Athlete of the Year – This award is for the individual who has accomplished the most athletically within the last year in the USAWA. Top placings at the Nationals and World Championships should figure in high. Also, participation in other Championship  Competitions such as the Heavy Lift Championships, the Grip Championships, the Club Championships, the OTSM Championships, the Team Championships, or the National Postal Championships could factor in.  Participation in elite IAWA events such as the Gold Cup should make an influence on earning this award as well.

Leadership Award – This is for an individual that has shown exceptional leadership qualities within the USAWA during the past year. Things that should be looked at are: going above the level expected of an Officer position, promoting sanctioned events with emphasis being on promoting National or World Competitions, promoting the USAWA by developing a strong club, writing articles for publications about the USAWA, or through other means.

Sportsmanship Award – This goes to an individual who possesses and shows great sportsmanship within the USAWA. The act of sportsmanship may be by conduct at all events, or by an specific example of exceptional sportsmanship.

Courage Award – This goes to an individual who shows the courage to overcome an obstacle in order to return to competition. This may be a comeback from an injury, or just having to deal with difficult personal issues but still shows the courage to compete in the USAWA.

Newcomer Award– This award goes to an individual who in new to the USAWA or has become involved again. It doesn’t have to go to someone in their first year of being involved in the USAWA.

As stated earlier in the rules, I would like you to submit your choice for the WINNER and your choice for the RUNNER UP for each award.  I will score it this way:  for each nomination per award I will give 2 points for the nominated winner and 1 point for the nominated runner up.  I will then add up all the points from all nominations with the person receiving the most points declared the winner and the one with the second most points the runner up.  So you can see that the Award Winners are chosen by YOU THE MEMBERSHIP!   That’s the way it should be done.

Please email me at with your nominations.  The deadline for this is next Tuesday.  I’m only giving a week because it has been my experience with this is that if a person does not make their nominations shortly after reading this announcement, it never gets done.  So make it easy on yourself  (and me!) and turn your nominations in today!!!!

Lifter of the Month – Chad Ullom

Al Myers

Chad Ullom pulling 195 pounds on the Fulton Dumbbell for a new USAWA record at the 2017 USAWA Grip Championships.

Chad Ullom pulling 195 pounds on the Fulton Dumbbell for a new USAWA record at the 2017 USAWA Grip Championships.

The USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for February is Chad Ullom.   Chad won the overall Mens Best Lifter in the USAWA Grip Championships in February against a very tough field of grip lifters.  He finished the meet off strong by setting a big lift in the Fulton Bar Hack Lift.

Congrats Chad!!!

World Championships

By John Mahon



The time is fast approaching again for the IAWA World Championships. This year IAWA’s premier event is being held in Perth, Western Australia. This will the 4th time that the World Championships will be held in Australia.

2017 is a big year for IAWA as it celebrates its 30th anniversary. The first World Championships were held in 1988 and IAWA has held a World Championships every year since then.

The World Championships is ran over 2 days, traditionally on the 1st weekend of October, and consists of 6 -7 all-round lifts. The lifts are different every championships and it test the lifters over-all strength and power.

This year the championships has 7 lifts over the 2 days. 4 lifts on day one and 3 lifts on day two.


Cheat Curl
One Hand Dumbbell Snatch
One Hand Vertical Lift with 2″ Bar
Bench Press Feet in Air


Clean and Press 2” Bar
One Hand Hack Lift
Straddle Deadlift 2” Bar

The World Championships is a special event to be apart of. It is not a championship for professional athletes. It is a championships for amateur athletes from novice to experienced, junior to senior. No prize money, just a great time competing against and creating life long friendships with other lifting enthusiasts from around the globe. The 2017 IAWA World Championships will be held on September 30th to October 1st. There is no qualifying for the World Championships. To be eligible to compete you just need to be a member of an affiliated IAWA association.

Click here for the ELECTRONIC ENTRY FORM

Entry Form (PDF) – 2017 World Championships Entry Form

For more information on the 2017 World Championships contact the meet promotor John Mahon at or

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