by Al Myers
Plans for the 2012 USAWA National Championships in beautiful Las Vegas are underway. The date has been set (June 30th), the venue secured (Average Broz Gym), and entry forms have been available (on this website) for a couple of months now. Everything is going according to the plan I’ve laid out. Now it’s time for YOU to send in your entry to me!! So far I have only two entries in hand – myself and Thom Van Vleck. All details of entering are explained clearly on the entry form. Just one thing I want to remind you of – make your checks or money orders out to the USAWA and not me. This is a USAWA sponsored event and all income/expense is going through the USAWA bank account.
I have picked a place for our “host hotel”. It is the Silverton Hotel and Casino. It is best just to go to their website to get the information for making a reservation. Here is the link: http://www.silvertoncasino.com/
The Silverton is not part of “the strip”. It is located close to John’s Gym, which is the site of the meet. I would guess it is only half a mile or so away. So if you want to “loosen up” before the meet with a little light walking, the Silverton is close enough to the meet site that you can make the hike. Chad and I are going to be renting a car while we are there, so if anyone needs a ride we can run a shuttle service back and forth. Also, taxis are plentiful in Vegas which is another option to get to the meet and back. We do not have a “package deal” with the Silverton so don’t ask for it. This is a large place and I didn’t even bother to check into any special arrangement for our small group. I didn’t want them to laugh at me. Their rates are very reasonable (sixty nine during the week, and eight nine on the weekends). This fee is for double occupancy and even includes breakfast! (look on their website under “resort specials”). They provide free shuttle transportation from McCarran International Airport as well. The Silverton adjoins a huge Bass Pro Shop and has many restaurants within it. I will pick a restaurant for our Friday evening meal and meeting, which I will announce at a later date. I would recommend that you make your reservation as soon as possible to ensure this rate. Of course if you want to stay somewhere else, that is your choice but if we all stay at the same place it will make it easier for us to “get together” throughout our stay.
Our USAWA Vice President Chad Ullom has “stepped up” to be our activity coordinator and PARTY PLANNER. That’s what Vice Presidents are for – planning the fun! Chad is working on several ”entertainment activities” that we can do as a group. I know he is looking into a bus tour of Hoover Dam the day following the meet for anyone interested, and a special evening out Saturday night following the meet. This will be in place of the banquet. He promised me that he will let me know when he gets these activities finalized and that he will write an announcement for the website with all the details.
I am working on the T-Shirt design at this time. This is causing me lots of indecision. Since this is such a BIG EVENT for the USAWA, it being our 25th Anniversary and all, I want it to be the PERFECT meet shirt and can’t make up my mind on the design. I have a few good ideas and think I will “lock on” to a design soon. I have three criteria for the shirt – recognize 25 years of the USAWA, highlight Las Vegas, and make it a “lifter’s shirt” with a lifting logo. I want this to be a favorite T-shirt of the lifters – the one you grab out of the drawer full of other T-shirts to wear. The problem is that I’m not artistic in anyway, and have problems making things aesthetic in appearance. I’m not a “fluff guy”, so I may need to ask Thom his opinion on this.
I am getting excited about this year’s Nationals. It will be one that you DON’T WANT TO MISS! I will give out more details as the plans come along. But NOW’S the time to send me your entry form and book your Hotel reservations.