by Al Myers
Joe Garcia wins the Deanna Meet
Group Picture - Front row Bill Clark. Back row left to right Al Springs, Joe Garcia, Al Myers, and Chad Ullom
Four lifters made their way to Clark’s Gym during a late spring snow storm to participate in the Deanna Springs Memorial. The day I left for the meet I received over 6 inches of snow at home, which is unusual for Kansas in March. I was able to stay ahead of the storm and was fortunate that the weather had improved when it was time to return home. This meet is a memorial meet honoring the late Deanna Springs, who was the wife of Al Springs. So, it was a quite a highlight, when Al Springs showed up!!! Al has had a rough year having just had heart bypass surgery this year. He has been involved with the USAWA for many years, not just as a lifter but also as a meet promoter. Most lifters would give up lifting after heart surgery. But Al is a hardcore lifter, like many of the other USAWA lifters, and shows what determination is all about. He is a true inspiration to everyone!! Joe Garcia easily won the meet with his strength in the heavy lifts. Joe made a huge hip lift of 1875#, and almost made 2075#. Joe is a technician in the heavy lifts. One thing I really admire about Joe is his willingness to share lifting tips with his competitors. My training partner Chad Ullom again turned in a solid lifting performance. Chad is a very well-rounded lifter and has very few weak lifts. I want to thank Bill Clark again for hosting this annual event. We concluded the day with our traditional post-meet meal at the Golden Corral. Everyone left with sore muscles and a full belly.
FULL MEET RESULTS:
Deanna Springs Memorial Meet
March 28, 2009
Clark’s Gym, Columbia, Missouri
Meet Director: Bill Clark
Official (1 official system used): Bill Clark
Loader: James Foster
Lifts: Crucifix, Cheat Curl, Hand and Thigh, Hip Lift, Deanna Lift
Body weight in pounds. All lifts in pounds.