Category Archives: USAWA Daily News

OTSM Championships

by Eric Todd

OTSM Championship Announcement

On September 10, 2016, ET”S House of Iron and Stone will play host to the USAWA Oldtime Strongman Championship for the third time in its six years of existence. Once again, it will be in my tin can, which is an absolutely no-frills facility, but with plenty of iron to set some big records.  In the five previous championships, the title has been won by 4 different lifters.  Come out on September 10 and add your name to that list.  Lifts that will be contested this year are:

Thor’s hammer

Saxon Snatch

Hackenschmidt Floor Press

Dinnie Lift

As time allows after the meet, there will be opportunity for some record breaking. There will be awards for this meet.  Please get your entries in early in order that I can best prepare for this event.  I look forward to seeing you all here on September 10!

Entry Form (PDF) – OTSM Entry

Nationals Entry Reminder

by Al Myers

I just want to remind everyone that the entry deadline for our USAWA National Championships is approaching.  The DEADLINE IN JUNE 11th.  Please send your entry form and entry fees in prior to this.  Frank has gone to alot of work preparing for this Championships and we owe him the respect of entering on time so he can properly prepare.  The entry form is located in the Event Calendar or “Upcoming Events” on the website.

I’m very excited to be going back to Boston this summer!

 

Club Championships

By Dave Glasgow

USAWA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS

HOSTED BY:

LEDAIG HEAVY ATHLETICS
RAINBOW BEND, KS
23 JULY-2016

1000 START TIME

WEIGH IN FROM 0900 TO 1000

LIFTS TO BE CONTESTED:

CLEAN/JERK ONE HAND (NON-DOMINATE HAND)

TURKISH GET-UP

REVERSE CURL

DEAD LIFT, CIVATTONNE GRIP, FULTON BAR

USAWA RULES APPLY

***** AS AN EXTRA, NON-USAWA EVENT*****

(UN)OFFICIAL KANSAS STATE ROLLING THUNDER CHAMPIONSHIP

LEFT AND RIGHT WILL BE CONTESTED WITH THE WINNER BEING THE ONE THAT TOTALS MOST ON LEFT AND RIGHT COMBINED.

THIS EVENT WILL BE FOR BRAGGING RIGHTS ONLY.  NO AWARDS, NO SHIRTS AND NO ENTRY FEE.  JUST GOOD CLEAN FUN!!

Nomination Time!

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 2015 (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 2015
  • 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 amyers@usawa.com with your nominations.  The deadline for this is next Wednesday.  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!!!!

Number 1000

by Al Myers

I knew this day would be approaching soon, and lo and behold, it’s here today!  This is my 1000th blog I’ve written for the USAWA website, which I dubbed early on as the USAWA Daily News.  In 2009 I assumed duties of the USAWA website from Joe Garcia who started the website early on in the late 90’s.  So between Joe and myself the USAWA has had a website for close to 20 years!

On top of my 1000 blogs I have written and/or edited many meet results and meet announcements.  Add on keeping the meet roster up to date and the other website daily duties this has been quite a responsibility over the past 8 years and requires a daily time committment. Our USAWA website is deep in content. Through the years I have added a large historical archive – past summary results from all the National Championships and IAWA Worlds, summaries of past championships, history of past officers, archive of our Hall of Fame members, and much more. Pretty much anything someone would need to know about the USAWA can be found on this website.

I remember when I started this I thought about the NUMBER 1000 being a good long-term goal and would be considered a “good run” for me.  It’s hard for me to believe I’ve actually achieved it.

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