Ready for the Dino Challenge?

by Al Myers

The day is about here – for the annual Dino Gym Challenge!  I have had several lifters pre-register so I know it’s gonna be a good turnout tomorrow.  The weather forecast looks good so travel should not be a problem.  The gym has been cleaned, the certificates are printed, and all last minute plans are being completed.

Again, this meet is in memory of Mike Murdock. Before Mike’s passing last year he was a long time supporter of the Dino Gym and the USAWA.  I plan to share several stories this weekend about Mike.  The USAWA was “family” to Murdo.

See everyone soon!

2015 Year in Review

by Al Myers

Cover page for the 2015 USAWA Year in Review is in memory of Mike Murdock. Mike was a very active USAWA lifter who was much respected by all his peers.

Cover page for the 2015 USAWA Year in Review is in memory of Mike Murdock. Mike was a very active USAWA lifter who was much respected by all his peers.

I just completed the 2015 USAWA Year in Review.  This is always a big project for me at the end of every year, but one I feel is very important as to preserve the history of the USAWA.  This summarized review contains all the information that has occurred in the USAWA during the prior year.  It contains all the blogs, meet results, and other USAWA news.

It will be available in printed form.  I plan to take it to the printer next week so if anyone wants a copy this is the time to let me know. Cost for this book is $50, payable to the USAWA. This year it contains 285 pages, many pictures, and close to 60,000 words!  It could be called a book it is so big!  I will make it available on the website in a digital form if you prefer to just download it.  I plan to just make one run to the printer for this so if you want one later you can always take the digital copy to the printer yourself to have printed.

Lifter of the Month – John McKean

by Al Myers

John McKean in action performing a trap bar deadlift at his recent record day.

John McKean in action performing a trap bar deadlift at his recent record day.

The lifter of the month for December is the long time Ambridge lifter, John McKean.  John celebrated his 70th birthday in December by hosting a record day at the Ambridge Barbell Club. In this meet John set several new USAWA and IAWA records to add to his lengthy record count.  John has been involved with the USAWA since practically the beginning.  He competed in York this past summer at the USAWA National Championships and assisted me with the announcing duties. He has been a consistent contributer to the USAWA website by submitting some very interesting stories.  John has been around weightlifting his entire life and is a joy to visit with because you will hear some almost unbelievable tales about past meets and lifters!

Congrats John!

Lifter on the Month – Al Myers

by Chad Ullom

Al and his award at the Gold Cup.

Al and his award at the Gold Cup.

The lifter of the month for November is our Secretary and Webmaster, Al Myers! Al competed in the Gold Cup and won the Howard Prectel trophy. Al represented the USAWA in the Belmont Heavy events in Perth and won the masters class! While in Australia, he also set a new record in the Power Row and on his second lift set a record in the Thumbless DL. Way to go Al!
Congratulations!

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