History Archives

By Al Myers

One of the very interesting parts of this website is our History Archives. It can be found in the top header line of the website. I have spent considerable time developing this History Archives over the past several years. Of course with history, there is ALWAYS new history to be added. I try my best to keep it updated, and have just recently added the following to the section “Results of Past Worlds”.


2016 IAWA World Championships
October 8th & 9th, 2016
Lebanon, PA, USA

Meet Promoter: Denny Habecker
Meet Announcers: Steve Gardner & Al Myers
Meet Scorekeepers: Judy Habecker & Rocky Morrison
Drug Testing Officials: Al Myers & Rocky Morrison
Meet Loaders: John Horn, Terry Barlet, Barry Bryan, Barry Pensyl, and Dean Ross
Meet Officials: George Dick, Graham Saxton, Frank Ciavattone, Scott Schmidt, LaVerne Myers, Denny Habecker, Dennis Mitchell

Lifts: DAY 1: Continental Clean, Pullover and Push, 2 Hands 2″ Vertical Bar Lift DAY 2: Alternate Grip Clean and Press, One Hand Clean and Jerk, Ciavattone Deadlift

Men Top Ten Placings
1. Pete Tryner, England
2. Timo Lauttamus, Finland
3. Al Myers, United States
4. Denny Habecker, United States
5. Peter Phillips, Australia
6. Graham Saxton, England
7. LaVerne Myers, United States
8. Dean Ross, United States
9. Scott Schmidt, United States
10. Art Montini, United States

Women Top Two Placings
1. Kim Lydon, United States
2. Karen Gardner, England

Junior Mens: Aidan Habecker
Female Senior: Kim Lydon
Female Master: Karen Gardner
Mens Masters 40-44: Peter Tryner
Mens Masters 50-54: Al Myers
Mens Masters 55-59: Steve Gardner
Mens Master 60-64: Peter Phillips
Mens Masters 65-69: George Dick
Mens Masters 70-74: Denny Habecker
Mens Masters 80-84: Dennis Mitchell
Mens Masters 85-89: Art Montini

2016 Year in Review

By Al Myers

I have just finished the 2016 USAWA Year in Review.  Every year since I have been secretary of the USAWA I have done this review.  I take all the information that has been put on the website (blogs, meet results, past history archives, etc) and copy it into a book, which is printed off.  I also include this book digital file on the website if someone wants to look at it that way or print it off themselves.

I do this for one reason primarily – and that is to preserve the history of the USAWA in paper form.  It always surprises me by the amount of information that this website accumulates every year. This year the Year in Review is 288 pages long and contains 65,000 words!  It would take a few evenings to get all that read.

If anyone wants a printed copy of the Year in Review please let me know.  I plan to take it to the printer’s next week.  The cost is $50, made out to the USAWA.

Lifter of the Month – Kim Lydon

By Al Myers

Kim Lydon is the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

Kim Lydon is the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

The USAWA LIFTER OF THE MONTH for last November goes to Kim Lydon!

Kim lifts for Frank’s Barbell Club and has been involved in several USAWA events over the past several months.  She competed in the 2016 IAWA World Championships in Lebanon, PA and won OVERALL BEST WOMENS LIFTER, edging out the great English lifter, Karen Gardner. Kim has competed in numerous record days over the past few months as well.  In her last record day at Frank’s Barbell Club she performed a 232# Ciavattone Grip Deadlift.  Kim is only 20 years of age with a bright future in the USAWA ahead of her!

Congrats Kim!

Passing of Tom Ryan

By Al Myers

The 2016 USAWA Year in Review is a tribute to the life of Tom Ryan.

The 2016 USAWA Year in Review is a tribute to the life of Tom Ryan.

These blogs are always the saddest for me to write. Especially when I’m writing one about a friend that has died.  But I’m doing it – as I feel that Tom deserves a tribute from us because of his influences and contributions he has made to the USAWA.

Tom Ryan was born on April 23rd, 1945 and died on December 1st, 2016. He had been involved with weightlifting his entire life.  He started out with focusing on Olympic Lifting, and then these past 25 years his main interest was All Round Weightlifting. He competed in the pre-USAWA days in all round lifting, and primarily in the first few years of the USAWA. He did lift in a few record days later on.  I have had the opportunity to lift with Tom on a few occasions.

Tom and I had a great email relationship.  We would exchange emails almost weekly, often discussing matters of all round weightlifting, training, or news within the organization.  I could always count on Tom calling something to my attention if he noticed something on the USAWA website that he thought wasn’t correct. I really appreciated that as I knew the best interests of the USAWA were always in his heart.  Tom was an extreme intellectual and a person who wanted details being correct. He had a PhD as a statistician and spent a good part of his professional life writing statistics books, teaching, and editing statistics books. He was a great writer as well. He had written several articles for magazines and newsletters through his life in both his professional life and for weightlifting.  When we did the big USAWA Rulebook rewrite in 2009 I had Tom proofread it.  He found over 100 corrections! He used his knowledge of statistics to evaluate weightlifting formulas. I remember him telling me that he once served on an Olympic Weightlifting committee to decide whether Masters Weightlifting should use the Sinclair Formula or the Malone Formula.

Tom was a great weightlifting historian.  He served as a moderator for Joe Roark’s Iron History Forum for a number of years.  Tom had a great interest in Paul Anderson.  He wrote several articles about Paul Anderson. Tom lived near Atlanta in his later years and the Paul Anderson Youth Home is nearby in Vidalia.  I always told him I was going to come to Atlanta and see him and then we could go to the Youth Home together.  That was a trip I was never able to make which I now regret.

Tom has several records in the USAWA which he was very proud of. He still holds over 20 USAWA Records (over 50 at one time).  Among these include his Weaver Stick record of 7 pounds (which I was there to witness), his one arm thumbless deadlift of 254 pounds (still one of the top All Times lifts), a 345# one arm deadlift (done at the 93 Zercher Classic), and a 95# Rectangular Fix.  Tom’s last USAWA meet was the 2006 Goerner Deadlift.

Even as his health declined in the past few years, he still stay committed to his training program. He had trained at home most all of his life.  He once told me that he had plenty of self-motivation to train alone, and that he liked to train in total silence by himself.  We would often email visit about his training program.  Just a few months before he died he was still training the seated one arm deadlift with a dumbbell. He was up to a 281 pound dumbbell which he said he could lift and hold for 30 seconds. His last training goal was to lift a 300 pound dumbbell while seated!

I will sure miss Tom. He was a major contributor to the USAWA Discussion Forum. I’m sure all of us will miss his page long topic posts, which often read more like an article on the subject instead of a comment.  Many times I would try to get him to write a website blog following one of his forum posts, but the feeling I got from him was that he had said all he wanted on the subject in the forum!

If anyone has stories or memories of Tom and would like to share them on the website, please send them to me. I am dedicating the 2016 USAWA Year in Review to Tom.  We will keep his memory alive in the USAWA.

Lifter of the Month – Art Montini

By Al Myers

Art Montini pulling a new IAWA World Record in the Deadlift at the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup.

Art Montini pulling a new IAWA World Record in the Deadlift at the 2016 IAWA Gold Cup.

The lifter of the month for October is Art Montini!

Art had a brilliant month of lifting in the USAWA last October.  First he competed in the IAWA World Championships in Lebanon, PA, placing 10th Overall as the oldest competitor in the meet. The next weekend he hosted his annual Art’s Birthday Bash Record Day in Pittsburgh on his 89th birthday.  This meet promotion had to be one of the biggest he’s ever had for his birthday bash.  Several of the overseas lifters competed in it for the first time.  It was an International affair! Then the following weekend he made the trip to Abilene, Kansas to compete in the IAWA Gold Cup.  In the Gold Cup he deadlifted an unbelievable 80 KG.  That’s 3 USAWA/IAWA competitions over the course of three weekends, which makes him a very deserving winner for the USAWA Lifter of the Month.

Congrats Arts!

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