by Thom Van Vleck
The Old Time Strong Man Championships are just around the corner! October 14, 2012 is the date for the 2nd OTSM Championships and I have some exciting news. This year we will be raising money for the Osteroblasters Weightlifting Club. The OWC was formed just this past spring and has already been made an official University Organization with a membership of over 50 students making it one of the largest organizations on campus. To give you some perspective, we have around 350 students on campus at any give time (with many students out on clinical rotations as our primary mission is creating physicians). So, our membership represents a significant portion of the student population. We have members of our club that are involved in Olympic lifting, Power lifting, Strongman, boxing, martial arts, cross fit, highland games, and many other sports where they use weightlifting to get better. However, many of our members just realize that lifting weights is an integral part of an all around fitness program. We promote a healthy, drug free lifestyle and for that reason, a USAWA meet seemed a great fit for a fundraiser.
As the staff adviser for the club I help them with whatever their needs may be. Right now, we need more equipment! And you can help! Come and compete at the OTSM Championships and I will be donating 100% (that’s right, 100%) of the entry fee money to the club! You still have to buy your USAWA memberships (but really….shouldn’t you already have it!), but you can know that your entry fee will go to a good cause.
I have been amazed at the interest our club has generated and while the director of our campus Rec Center has been very generous in buying us equipment, we had no idea how many students would turn out for the club workouts! We have over 30 showing up at 4 organized lifting sessions each week! We need your help! Sign up to compete today….and if you are feeling generous, anything extra you give will go to buying equipment and I would even consider donations of equipment for a trade for your entry!. So bring what you have and we’ll let you donate it as your entry fee! We will also have club shirts on sale for a fundraising (don’t worry, you will get a meet shirt, this is something just for the club).
I will repeat a previous story on the OTSM, we have moved it to the old Williard School Gym where I held Nationals last year! Great location for a meet! So come out and lift, and if you can’t lift, please come and help. Don’t worry, you won’t get roped into loading (I have student club members for that!!!!) I DOl need USAWA certified judges and experienced lifters to help coach my newbies in the warm up area on the rules and lifts…..there will be a lot of NEW lifters at this meet and they need coaching and mentoring! While I will accept entries on the day of the meet, a heads up is always appreciated. See you soon!