by Al Myers
One of the really important awards presented at the 2012 IAWA World Championships went to Frank Ciavattone. Frank was awarded the GRAND BEST LIFTER of the 25 year history of the USAWA. This awarded was intended to be presented to Frank at the USAWA Nationals, but since he was unable to attend that meet I waited till Worlds to bestow him the recognition that he has rightly earned. This award was based on Franks competition history at past USAWA National Championships. Frank has competed at the USAWA Nationals since the practical beginning, and in that time has acquired more National Records than anyone else! To date he has 45 National Records!!! That’s alot!!! It will take someone of longterm persistence and great ability to overtake this record count of Franks.
Congratulations Frank! It was my honor to be part of this presentation.