by Al Myers
2013 USAWA CLUB CHAMPIONSHIPS
Thanks to Dave Glasgow of the Ledaig Heavy Athletics Club the club championships was able to be contested again this year. Dave agreed to host this Championships since it was cancelled last March due to bad weather. Last weekend was a very big weekend for the Ledaig Club of Rainbow Bend, Kansas. The club hosted its annual Highland Games on Saturday, threw a big party on Saturday night, and then had this USAWA Championship competition on Saturday. Dave has hosted his annual event for a few years now, and to make it even more of a special occasion, plans it each year around his birthday. This year was a memorable year for Dave – and on Sunday at the Club Champs Dave turned 60! I came bearing a gift – a new 175# Atlas Stone. I thought this present might be in the running for Dave’s favorite BDAY present, but then when I got there I saw that Dave’s wife Gunner had given him a new 4-wheeler! I should have taken that as “a sign” for how the day’s competition was going to turn out for the Dino Gym.
Only two USAWA Clubs made an appearance at this year’s Club Championships – the host club Ledaig and the Dino Gym. As per the standing rules of the Club Championships, each registered club of the USAWA is allowed an entry into this Championship event to recognize the top Clubs in the USAWA. This is NOT an individual competition, and no individual scores are revealed. Rather, a total point score of the top 3 club members are added together to form the team club score. A club may enter more than 3 individuals in the competition if wanted, with the advantage being if someone has an “off day” or gets hurt, another club member can “pick up the slack” and become a scoring member. I want each club to feel unity in their participation as a club, and either win or lose as a club. To be eligible to participate with a registered club, a lifter must be affiliated with the club as outlined on the membership application and the membership roster.
Well, Club Ledaig came into this with 7 participating club members to the Dino Gym’s 3. I felt outnumbered and over-gunned from the start. I felt my Dino team was solid (Chad Ullom, Dean Ross, and LaVerne Myers), but so was the Ledaig club. The heavy hitter Larry Traub made the trip from Louisville (2011 OVERALL Best Lifter from the National Championships), so I knew they were going to have a good addition to their clubs points with Larry lifting. This past year Dave built a big new shed and relocated his gym. This was the inaugural USAWA event in the new facility. His gym is a perfect setup for all round lifting, and for hosting a meet of this size. There was plenty of space to move around and warmup for the days lifting. Club Ledaig has as many (or more!) USAWA members than any other club, and it seemed like most were in attendance (Dave, Larry Traub, Amber Glasgow, Mike Murdock, Kenny Glasgow, Jera Kressly, Doug Kressly, and Logan Kressly).
By the time the last Peoples Deadlift was completed (Larry’s 640), I pretty much knew that the Dino Gym was going to be in second place. We have won the overall best club at the past three Club Championships, but all things come to an end. The final score was:
1. Ledaig Heavy Athletics – 3308.2 pts
Competing members: Mike Murdock, Larry Traub, Dave Glasgow, Kenny Glasgow, Jera Kressly, Logan Kressly, Amber Glasgow
2. Dino Gym – 2569.1 pts
Competing members: Chad Ullom, Dean Ross, LaVerne Myers
My hat is off to Dave Glasgow and the Ledaig HAC. Congrats to them on their BIG WIN at the Club Championships, and for all the hard work they did to put on the competition. I would have to say that has to be the best birthday present any club leader could receive from his club members!
USAWA Club Championships
July 14th, 2013
Ledaig Athletic Club
Rainbow Bend, Kansas
Meet Director: Dave Glasgow
Announcer & Scorekeeper: Al Myers
Official (1 official system used): Al Myers
Loaders: Everyone present!
Lifts: Zercher Lift, Bench Press – Fulton Bar, Peoples Deadlift
1. Ledaig Heavy Athletic Club – 3308.2 points
2. Dino Gym – 2569.1 points
EXTRA ATTEMPTS FOR RECORD
Jera Kressly: Peoples Deadlift 405
Logan Kressly: Peoples Deadlift 395
NOTES: AGE is age in years. BWT is bodyweight in pounds.