by Al Myers
It was a great pleasure seeing Al Springs this past weekend at the Deanna Springs Memorial Meet. Deanna was the late wife of Al’s who this meet is in memory of. She was killed in a car accident in 1995. She was very involved in the USAWA prior to her death and is in the USAWA Hall of Fame. Al hosted the first Deanna Memorial Meet at his home gym in 1996. Since then it has been hosted at Clark’s Gym.
Al has had his number of setbacks through the years. He was involved in a car accident himself that required longterm recuperation. He has had other heart related health issues. So seeing him back in action on the lifting platform was BIG NEWS! Years ago Al had a gym in Platte City that he ran till round 1995. At that time he also hosted several USAWA events at his home in Dearborn, Missouri.
Al is just a “great guy”. But don’t let his quiet demeanor surprise you – because once you get him talking he is full of weightlifting stories. I have had the opportunity to compete with him at several meets though the years and he is always energetic and ready to lift. I know he really enjoyed this past weekend at the Deanna Meet because of the large turnout, and especially the turnout of lifters his age. And on a final note – how can anyone named “Al” be anything but a nice guy?!?