by Thom Van Vleck
NAHA Nationals held in Omaha, Nebraska
The NAHA (North American Highlander Association) held it’s annual National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska on September 17, 2011. A full meet report can be found at www.nahighlander.com. The “Highlander” concept of strength competition combines Scottish Highland Games events with an equal number of Strongman events. This particular event had the Stone Put, Weight Over Bar, and Heavy Hammer for the Highland Games events and the 12″ Log Clean & Press, Farmers Walk, and a Giant Tire Flip/Keg Carry Medley for the strongman events.
It is interesting to note that the event was DOMINATED by current or past USAWA members! In the Lightweights we saw Tim Pinkerton make a comeback after a couple of years away from competition to squeak out a win. The next three classes were won by current USAWA members. In the Middleweights, Andrew Durniat won easily. The Heavyweights saw yours truly win with a tie breaker in a three way tie for 1st. Finally, John O’Brien won the masters easily after winning every single event, and was the only athlete to do that in the competition.
It’s no surprise to me that a competition that seeks to combine two sports would be dominated by athletes that excel in the the USAWA, an organization made up of 100’s of lifts. The athleticism needed to do well in so many lifts means the lifter is used to applying his strength in many different ways and not in just a few, select, and narrow ways.
So, to my fellow USAWA friends who competed with me Saturday, Good Job! And to my JWC brother John, way to go!
by Al Myers
NAHA Nationals – Class Winners
Lightweight Justin Cantwell, Kansas City
Middleweight – Mark Wechter, Oregon
Heavyweight – Matt Vincent, Louisiana
Masters – John O’Brien, Missouri
Part of this past weekend Dino Days activities involved hosting the 2009 NAHA Nationals. NAHA stands for North American Highlander Association. This organization offers competitions that are a cross between Highland Games and Strongman Competitions, in which events are selected from both. It was well attended with 22 athletes competing. We had great weather and I think everyone had a great time!! The Dino Gym had several gym members competing – Chad Ullom, Ryan Batchman, Matt Tyler, Jesse Landes, and Darren Barnhart.
NAHA is possible because of the efforts of D.J. Satterfield and Richard “Vince” Vincent. These two guys are “for the athletes” and do everything possible to make sure that their competitions are fun and well ran. Elite Nutrition was the official sponsor of this event, and among many things, provided $1000 in CASH as prize money!!! I also need to thank fellow gym member, training partner, and Kansas NAHA State Chairman Scott Tully – he was the “man behind the scenes” that made this whole event happen!!!
For full event coverage – Check out the NAHA Website
by Al Myers
This past weekend, the Dino Gym promoted two competitions on Saturday, July 18th. The first was a Bench Press/Deadlift Competition sanctioned through the organization 100% Raw Powerlifting. The second was the Central Plains Highlander sanctioned through the North American Highlander Association. NAHA is a new organization promoted by D.J. Satterfield, that provides competitions that are a combination of Highland Games and Strongman. This sport requires the athleticism of Highland Game athletes along with the strength of Strongman to be successful at it. The Dino Gym is promoting the first NAHA Nationals at the Dino Gym on September 19th, 2009. 100% Raw Powerlifting is an organization that limits the use of lifting gear (allows belts only!) and the meets are drug-tested. Both of these are good fits for the Dino Gym!!!! Even though the turnout was small and most of the competitors were gym members, the quality in these two competitions was outstanding!!!