By John Mahon, World Championships Meet Promoter
MEET REPORT – 2017 IAWA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
WORLDS WRAP UP
Well the dust has settled, lifters have returned home from another fantastic IAWA World Championships. Like every other Worlds so much work goes into organising the meet and the meet itself is done and dusted in the blink of an eye. This year ARWLWA was fortunate to obtain a grant from the local council and was donated a new platform from Bunnings warehouse in belmont. So would like to start this off with saying thank you to the City of Belmont and Bunnings warehouse for your generous support.
We started this World Championships with a moments silence to pay tribute to a wonderful IAWA lifter and friend George Dick. He will be truly missed by the All-Round weightlifting family. We had a great range of lifters this year who were all very competitive. Al Myers and Denny Habecker made the long journey from the USA and they both put on a great display of lifting.
Big Al Myers shoulders may have hindered him a bit through the bench and overhead press but he came back displayed pure deadlift power in the one hand hack and straddle deadlift.
Two new lifters from Australia’s newest club in Victoria made the trip across the country and put in some solid lifting performances. Catherine Dorrestyn and Douglas De Prada are two lifters to keep an eye on in the future. Catherine made up apart of a very competitive female division that had the leaders chopping and changing throughout the meet. Miriam Phillips claimed the Womens Open class title with an impressive display of power while Monica Cook took out the Womens Masters class and was the best overall female lifter.
Sharni Clifford and Mel Parkes-Urls did a wonderful job in at the scoring table. Their work made Al’s and my work much easier over the championships.
The Mens divisions were also a tightly fought battle with Peter Phillips putting in another one of his trademark tough performances. Javen Waller returned to the All-round platform and blew everyone away with his, rather unique, straddle deadlift technique and strength. Steven Charles hard training work had paid off as he was rewarded with the Mens Open title. Bill Kappel once again proved to be the unstoppable force that his is with a champion performance to claim the Mens Masters and Overall title. Bill is one the strongest pound for pound lifters I’ve ever seen and at the age of 72 he is still blitzing his much younger competitors.
I like to thank all of those who were involved in this World Championships. A lot of work was done behind the scenes to make this happen and all lifters, supported, loaders and officials made this a wonderful event the promote.
2017 IAWA World Championships
Belmont Sports Club
September 30th-October 1st, 2017
Meet Promoter: John Mahon
Meet Announcers: Al Myers and John Mahon
Meet Scorekeepers: Sharni Clifford and Mel Parkes-Urls
Meet Photographers: Robin Lukosius & Russ Cook
Meet Caterers: Sharni Clifford & Anne Whitehead
Meet Officials (3-official system used): Peter Phillips, John Patterson, Justine Martin, Julia Phillips, Robin Lukosius, Sam Trew, Denny Habecker, Miriam Phillips, Tom Davies
Loaders: Alex Biasin, Sam Trew, Robin Lukosius, Mirriam Phillips, Craig Biggs and others
Lifts DAY 1: Cheat Curl, One Hand Dumbbell Snatch, One Hand Vertical Bar with 2″ Bar, Bench Press Feet in Air
Lifts DAY 2: Clean and Press 2″ Bar, One Hand Hack Lift, Straddle Deadlift 2″ Bar
EXTRA LIFTS FOR RECORDS
Catherine Dorrestyn: Cheat Curl 50
Monica Cook: 1H Dumbbell Snatch 25R
Monica Cook: 1H 2″ Vertical Bar 45R
Sharni Clifford: 1H 2″ Vertical Bar 55R
Miriam Phillips: 1H 2″ Vertical Bar 70R
Monica Cook: 2H Clean and Press 2″ Bar 45
Catherine Dorrestyn: 2H Clean and Press 2″ Bar 46
Catherine Dorrestyn: 1H Hack Lift 57.5R
Sharni Clifford: 1H Hack Lift 57.5L
Miriam Phillips: 1H Hack Lift 85R
Monica Cook: Straddle Deadlift 2″ Bar 120
Catherine Dorrestyn: Straddle Deadlift 2″ Bar 105
Miriam Phillips: Straddle Deadlift 2″ Bar 145
EXTRA LIFTS FOR RECORDS
Denny Habecker: 1H Dumbbell Snatch 26R
Tom Davies: 1H 2″ Vertical Bar Lift 63R
Denny Habecker: 1H 2″ Vertical Bar Lift 50R
Russ Cook: 1H Hack Lift 80L
Russ Cook: Straddle Deadlift with 2″ Bar 102.5
John Mahon: 2H Clean and Press 2″ Bar 97.5
Alex Biasin: Straddle Deadlift 2″ Bar 185
Sam Trew: Straddle Deadlift 2″ Bar 195
Notes: All lifts recorded in kilograms. BWT is bodyweight in kilograms. R and L designate right and left arms. TOT is total kilograms lifted. PTS are overall points adjusted for age and BWT corrections. Robin Lukosius and Douglas de Prada did not weigh in on day 2. Steven Charles was in the 85 KG class on day 2, and all other lifters weighed in in the same class on day 2.
BEST LIFTER AWARDS
Bill Kappel Overall Best Mens Lifter and Best Master Lifter
Monica Cook Overall Best Womens Lifter and Best Master Lifter
Steven Charles Best Overall Mens Senior Lifter
Miriam Phillips Best Overall Womens Senior Lifter