Lifter of the Month – Aidan Habecker

by Al Myers

The LIFTER OF THE MONTH for AUGUST goes to Aidan Habecker!

Aidan had a great summer of lifting in the USAWA.  He competed in Boston at our USAWA National Championships, and then wrapped up the summer by winning the PRESIDENTIAL CUP AWARD at the Presidential Cup.  I like to see young lifters in the USAWA as I know that will be our future.  Most young lifters are intimidated by the many lifts of the USAWA and don’t want to get involved because of that.  Not Aidan!  I’ve watched him compete many times and he’s always excited about trying something new. He has the best coach as well with Grandpa Denny.  I see a very bright All Round future for this young man!

Congrats Aidan.

Updated Rulebook

by Al Myers

I have just finished updating the USAWA Rulebook from the changes voted on and made at the Annual Meeting. One new lift was approved this year – the Reg Park Bench Press.  The rules for this new lift are now in the USAWA Rulebook.  The Rulebook is available for free download on this website.

We are now on the 9th Edition of the USAWA Rulebook.  The Rulebook is 120 pages long and is over 35,000 words.

New Scoring Program

by Al Myers

Rocky Morrison at the USAWA National Championships in Boston.

Rocky Morrison at the USAWA National Championships in Boston.

Developing a new scoring program has been a project I have wanted to get completed for a long time.  And BIG THANKS to Rocky Morrison it has been accomplished!  Rocky is a new lifter in Frank Ciavattone’s Club who has become really involved in the USAWA this past year.  I met Rocky at the USAWA National Championships this past summer and we immediately hit it off.  Even though Rocky is new to the all round lifts he lifts like a seasoned veteran. His technique is fantastic, and he puts up some big weights!  He’s super friendly and likes to really help out.  This was obvious to me as he really gave Frank alot of assistance at Nationals.

On top of all this – he’s also a software specialist.  As I explained what I was hoping to develop he immediately agreed to do it!  Rocky’s new scoring program is much expanded on our previous scoring program.  It is very user friendly and gives compiled listings of best lifters, placings, and lifter certificates.  This Excel spreadsheet is compatible with the most recent Excel program.   I will keep the old program on the website for a while yet for those that have old versions of Excel and don’t plan to upgrade.  I do recommend you download and save the old scoring program  if you want to keep it as I will eventually remove it as we transition to Rocky’s scoring program only.

The USAWA Scoring Program can be found on the website under “Scoring Information”.

 

Lifter of the Month – Dave Glasgow

by Al Myers

Dave Glasgow in action at the USAWA Club Championships.

Dave Glasgow in action at the USAWA Club Championships.

Dave Glasgow has been selected as the USAWA Lifter of the Month for July.  Dave has taken charge of the USAWA Club Championships promotion over the last several years and has done an excellent job.  His club, the Ledaig Heavy Athletics, has a fantastic private training facility that caters to the Highland Games and Weightlifting.  This year at the Club Champs in July there were several other competition conflicts going on which hurt attendance but Dave continued with the promotion regardless.  He could not even find any other Ledaig club members to form the 3-person club team so he took on the Dino Gym by himself!

Dave has been a real leader in the USAWA over the past several years.  He has supported the USAWA through club membership, training new lifters, promotion of meets, writing blogs for the website, and attending several competions per year.  We need more Dave Glasgow’s in the USAWA!! Congrats Dave!

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