by Al Myers
Every year since 2009, the USAWA gives out “Yearly Awards” to selected members of the USAWA for outstanding recognition. These awards are part of the USAWA Awards Program, funded by the organization. These awards are nominated and voted on by the membership. As with our tradition, these special awards are awarded during our National Championships, right after the meet. This year it was extra special as they were given out at York Barbell.
The past year’s winners:
Winner – Steve Santangelo
Runner Up – Jeff Ciavattone
Winner – Art Montini
Runner Up – Dick Durante
Winner – Frank Ciavattone
Runner Up – Dave Glasgow
Winner – Al Myers
Runner Up – Denny Habecker
ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Winner – Chad Ullom
Runner Up – Eric Todd
CLUB OF THE YEAR
Winner – Frank’s Barbell Club
Runner Up – Ledaig Athletic Club
by Al Myers, USAWA Secretary
MINUTES FROM 2015 USAWA ANNUAL NATIONAL MEETING
The meeting of the 2015 Annual National Meeting was called to order by USAWA President Denny Habecker at 6:15 PM at York Barbell in York, PA. Roll call was taken and these USAWA members were in attendance: Denny Habecker, Dennis Mitchell, Al Myers, Barry Bryan, Bob Geib, Susan Sees, John McKean, Art Montini, Randy Smith, Eric Todd, Frank Ciavattone, and James Fuller. Minutes were read from the 2014 Meeting by USAWA Secretary Al Myers and the Financial Report was given by USAWA Treasurer Al Myers. The Financial Report showed a positive revenue for the USAWA for the past year. Bob Geib moved to accept these reports, a second made by Eric Todd, and they passed unanimously. The Directors reports were given next. Al Myers, the website director, reported on the website progress and the update to the new website. Al Myers, the awards director, reported on how the budget money for the awards program is spent, with most of it going to the annual USAWA awards. Records Director Al Myers reported on how the Records List is now available online on the website with the intentions of having an updated list on the website every 1-2 months. The Drug Enforcement Director Chad Ullom was not in attendance but had given his report to Al Myers to give on his behalf. 20 Drug tests were administered over the previous year at numerous meets with no positive tests. The Official Director Joe Garcia was not in attendance and no official report was given. The Postal Meet Director Denny Habecker reported on the USAWA postal program and encouraged more participation. The IAWA Technical Committee Dennis Mitchell gave a report on the IAWA Technical Committee. No activity was reported during the previous year. There was no New Business to discuss. Bids for the 2016 USAWA Nationals was next on the agenda. Frank Ciavattone made a bid to host the event at his place, and it passed unanimously. Bob Geib expressed interest in hosting the 2017 USAWA Nationals at his place in Vermillion, Ohio. Membership discussion supported this. Election of officers was next: President – Denny Habecker, Vice President Chad Ullom, Secretary/Treasurer Al Myers, At Large Executive Board Member Dennis Mitchell, and At Large Executive Board Member Frank Ciavattone were elected. Eric Todd moved to adjourn the meeting, with a second by Art Montini. The motion passed unanimously. The meeting lasted 25 minutes.
by Al Myers
Due to some scheduling conflicts, the date for the USAWA Club Championships has been changed to Saturday, August 29th. This will allow lifters to attend the “KANSAS DOUBLEHEADER” – the Club Champs on Saturday and the Team Champs on Sunday. Dave Glasgow, of the Ledaig HA, is still hosting the Club Champs at his gym in Rainbow Bend while I’ll be hosting the Team Champs Sunday at the Dino Gym. This should help attendance at both meets as lifters can make a full weekend out of it. Dave and I only live a couple of hours apart so it will make an easy commute. Let’s make this a great weekend of lifting for the USAWA!
by Al Myers
2015 USAWA TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS
The date for the USAWA Team Championships has been set – Sunday, August 30th. I started promoting the Team Championships in 2007, which features “team lifting”, a combination of 2 lifters on a bar lifting the weight together. This makes for a very exciting event as the 2 lifters must be in coordination with each other to make a successful lift!
Meet Director: Al Myers
Meet Date: Sunday, August 30th, 2015
Meet Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Location: Dino Gym, 1126 Eden Road, Abilene, KS 67410
Sanction: USAWA Membership required
Weigh-Ins: 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM the day of the meet
Divisions: 2-Man, 2-Person (man & woman), and 2-Women
Entry Fee: None
Curl – Cheat
Clean & Press – Fulton Bar
Deadlift – Ciavattone Grip
Continental to Belt
Registration: There is no entry form or entry deadline, but please let me know ahead of time if you plan to attend so I can make the proper preparations. I can be reached at email@example.com
by Al Myers
THE 2015 USAWA PRESIDENTIAL CUP
For the fourth year in a row, the now “Annual” USAWA Presidential Cup is being hosted again by our USAWA President Denny Habecker. This is one of the CHAMPIONSHIP events hosted in the USAWA, and is the Championships of Record Days. It follows along “the lines” of the IAWA Gold Cup – a lifter picks their best lift and contests it for a USAWA record in this prestigious record day. After all lifters have performed their record lifts, Denny will pick the effort that impresses him the most and award that lifter the PRESIDENTIAL CUP. Only one lifter will receive this very important award. If time allows, lifters will have the opportunity to perform other record day lifts. So it is a good idea to come with the BIG LIFT in mind, but also be prepared to do other lifts for record if the time allows.
Now a little “rehash” on the Presidential Cup. These are the guidelines:
The Presidential Cup will follow along some of the same guidelines as the Gold Cup, which is the IAWA meet which recognizes outstanding performances by lifters in the lift/lifts of their choosing. The Gold Cup started in 1991 under the direction of then-IAWA President Howard Prechtel. However there will be some differences in the guidelines of the USAWA Presidential Cup:
- The Presidential Cup is hosted annually by the USAWA President only.
- Must be a USAWA member to participate.
- A lifter may choose any official USAWA lift/lifts (number set by the President) to set a USAWA record/records in.
- The lifter must open at a USAWA Record Poundage on first attempt.
- The top performance record lift of the entire record day, which will be chosen by the President, will be awarded the PRESIDENTIAL CUP.
USAWA Presidential Cup
Saturday, August 22nd, 2015
Meet Director: Denny Habecker
Location: Habecker’s Gym, Lebanon, PA
Lifts: Bring your best lift for record!
Start time: 10 AM, with weigh-ins before this
Entry Form: None, but advance notice is required.
Denny may be reached by email – firstname.lastname@example.org