by Al Myers
Emily Burchett performing a perfect 50 pound Crucifix at the 2016 Dino Gym Challenge.
The USAWA Lifter of the Month for January is Emily Burchett. The only USAWA event in January was the Dino Gym Challenge, in which Emily took first place honors over two VERY GOOD & SEASONED lifters – Tressa Brooner and Mary McConnaughey. This was Emily’s first USAWA meet, and is the FIRST TIME any lifter has ever been lifter of the month after their first competition! Emily is extremely talented and with a little more USAWA experience could be become a future Overall National Champion.
by Al Myers
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!
by Chad Ullom
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!
by Al Myers
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!
by Al Myers
Art Montini recieved a birthday cake in Scotland to recognize his 88th birthday. The cake was presented to him by Judy Habecker, Janet Dick, and Karen Gardner.
The USAWA Lifter of the Month for October is ART MONTINI! Art was an obvious choice as he had a busy month of lifting in the USAWA for October. Art won another IAWA World Championship in Glasgow, Scotland to start the month of, followed by hosting his annual Birthday Bash the next weekend in which he set several new USAWA records! I should mention that Art turned 88 when he was competing in Scotland. He was the oldest competitor in the meet. I had the priviledge of traveling and rooming with Art in Scotland, and he does not act act 88. When we we arrived in Glasgow we made a trip to Stirling to visit the Wallace Monument (a place I’ve been to several times and always enjoy), and even after a long “red eye” flight the night before, Art made the trek to the top with Chad and me. Art is a true inspiration to everyone in the USAWA and the IAWA!