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!

Lifter of the Month – Art Montini

by Al Myers

Art Montini in Glasgow, Scotland competing in the 2015 IAWA World Championships.

Art Montini in Glasgow, Scotland competing in the 2015 IAWA World Championships.

I’m a little behind on announcing the LIFTER OF THE MONTH so today I’m going to get caught up!

Looking back at October it was a “no-brainer” who the lifter of the month should be for the USAWA.  It is none other than the IRONMAN Art Montini. Art represented the USAWA in Scotland at the IAWA World Championships early in the month, where on his 88th birthday,  won another World Title. He followed this up the NEXT WEEKEND by hosting his annual Birthday Bash, which is now the longest running sanctioned meet in the USAWA. That’s TWO weekends in a row of competing, with one being an overseas trip.  That’s deserving of LIFTER OF THE MONTH in my opinion!

Congrats Art!

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