by Al Myers
The Newcomer Award is an award given on behalf of the USAWA to recognize someone who has just become involved in the USAWA. This year’s Newcomer Award Winner made “a big splash” in the USAWA by not only winning this award, but also the OVERALL BEST LIFTER in his very first USAWA National Championships! Larry Traub is the man I’m talking about – and remember his name because you will be hearing much more of it in the future! It wouldn’t be fair of me to call Larry “a rookie” just because he won our Newcomer Award, because Larry’s one of the most experienced lifters I know. He has been involved in coaching his entire life and has knowledge of the iron-game that few have. He is a very technical lifter, and I know with a little more time, will become a master of all the All-Round lifts. He lifts as part of the Ledaig Heavy Athletics Club, which without a doubt, will be in the running for next years USAWA Club of the Year. Larry first competed in the USAWA at the USAWA Grip Championships in 2010, and this past spring promoted his first USAWA competition. Congratulations Larry and welcome to the USAWA!