Heavy Lift Nationals
by Al Myers
MEET ANNOUNCEMENT – 2011 HEAVY LIFT NATIONALS
This is an upcoming USAWA meet that you will not want to miss! For the first time ever, the USAWA will host an All-Round Weightlifting Meet at the meca of American Weightlifting – the YORK BARBELL COMPANY! York Barbell retail manager Mike Locondro has invited us to be part of a very special day in York on May 21st. Mike is reviving the tradition started many, many years ago by Bob Hoffman in sitting aside a day to invite EVERYONE who is interested in lifting weights to come together at York for a day of enjoyment. Bob Hoffman’s annual weightlifting picnics at York were always sensational, and created memories that have withstood generations of lifters. Mike is very familiar with the USAWA, having competed himself several times throughout the 90’s. It was very generous of him to invite us to be part of this day. This will be a special day in more ways than one.
For the FIRST TIME, we (the USAWA) will be competing in a BIG STAGE ENVIRONMENT. That is why I proposed to the USAWA Executive Board to have our Heavy Lift Nationals on this day. These lifts are very crowd pleasing – lifting BIG weights in OLDTIME lifts. Due to time and space constraints, we will have only 3 hours in the main auditorium to complete our competition so this year only 3 heavy lifts will be contested – the Neck Lift, the Hand and Thigh Lift, and the Hip Lift. If our competitor list is over a dozen, we will run two platforms. Entries will have to be in advance in order for us to plan accordingly. I expect there will be LOTS of spectators throughout the day so this will give us the opportunity to showcase our unique lifting skills to many people. In the afternoon (from 2 PM to 6 PM) we will move to the York gym area and have a record day. However, most of our purpose will be to demonstrate the many All-Round Lifts of the USAWA and talk to people coming through the show. This will be our chance to “show the World” what the USAWA has to offer. Hopefully, we will be able to recruit some new lifters to our organization.
The main purpose of this day is raising money for the Wounded Warrior Project. All proceeds from this event will go to this organization. The Wounded Warrior Project is a nonprofit organization that helps injured service men and women in physical rehabilitation. They have a Disabled Sports Project that introduces wounded service members to new sports activities that help in their physical recovery. Truly a noble cause. As I said, this day will be a special day in more ways than one!
There will be several other activities going on this day besides our involvement. The highlight of the day will be the York Barbell Hall of Fame induction of Slim “The Hammer Man” Farman, which will occur during the noontime ceremony. Other strength demonstrations will be going on – strongman demos, bending demos, a kettlebell instructional session, etc. Plus – I heard there might be a raffle. You need to add in a tour of the York Hall of Fame and York Museum, and visit the retail store. As I said earlier, this is one meet you do not want to miss!
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