by Al Myers
Congrats to Ruth Jackson for becoming the latest new USAWA Official. RJ was the first one to undergo the more strenuous requirements to become an official. A couple of years ago the USAWA began requiring practical training after passing the written rules test in order to become a certified official. Ruth just completed her practical training at the USAWA Grip Championships/Dino Gym Record Day earlier this month. She is now listed on the Official’s List, and will receive a 3 year officials card.
by Al Myers
James Fuller (left) receiving the Runner Up Newcomer Award following the 2013 USAWA National Championships. The award was presented by USAWA President Denny Habecker (right).
I always enjoy the USAWA Annual Awards presentation. This program to recognize outstanding accomplishments was started in 2010. The program is funded by the USAWA bank account, and all award winners are chosen by the membership. This means if you win one of these awards – it is because your peers deemed you worthy. That means much more than one individual making the choices, or a selection committee deciding.
The first award given out was the Newcomer Award. This award is defined as, “This award goes to an individual who is new to the USAWA or has become involved again in the organization. It recognizes a lifter who has shown great involvement or outstanding performance throughout the past year. it doesn’t have to be someone in their first year involved in the USAWA. “
This year Award Winners are:
WINNER – RUTH JACKSON
RUNNER UP – JAMES FULLER
James was on hand at Nationals to receive his award. I know Ruth has made plans to attend the Team Championships in August at the Dino Gym, so I plan to present her award to her then. Congrats to both of these lifters!!!!
by Al Myers
Congratulations goes to Ruth Jackson for being named the USAWA Lifter of the Month for December 2012. Ruth was the OVERALL BEST WOMENS LIFTER at the 2012 IAWA World Championships in her first All-Round competition. She followed up that stellar performance with setting 43 records at the Gracie Judo Club Record Day on the 1st of December.
I have been keeping a listing of the PAST LIFTERS OF THE MONTH on the website. So when a lifter wins this title – they will FOREVER be listed in the USAWA Archives. If any of the winners would like a certificate of their accomplishment just send me an email and I’ll send you one. And please don’t ask because you think it will cause me more work – I can make a certificate for you in less than a minute (but don’t expect anything fancy haha).
Below is the listing of the 2012 Lifters of the Month. I have included links beside each name that links to the story of their Lifter of the Month blog.
LIFTERS OF THE MONTH FOR 2012