by Al Myers
Last month at the IAWA World Championships in Perth, Australia a new World Champ was crowned. The new champion, Steve Sherwood, is very deserving of this title. Steve is an amazing lifter, and he sure doesn’t look his age. He is listed at 60 years of age, but physically he doesn’t look a day over 35! Steve hails from Hull, England and has been lifting his entire life. Recently at the 2011 Gold Cup held in Burton, England Steve was inducted into the IAWA(UK) Hall of Fame. I was honored to be able to be in attendance at this event. Steve has a great all round lifting resume – but surprisingly this is his FIRST TIME being crowned the Best Overall Lifter at the World Championships. He was third overall in 2010 in Glasgow, and third overall at the 1994 Championships in Burton. Before that, he was second overall in the 1993 World Championships in Walpole, MA and 5th overall at the World’s in Twickenham, England. You will notice that there has been a “break in the action” for Steve of several years of World Competition, but he has returned to the platform with the same success as when he left. He has been close so many times to winning the overall, so I congratulate him on finally achieving this highest yearly honor in the IAWA. The way he lifted in Australia I predict it won’t be the last of overall victories for him. I really thought at the time that his margin of victory (872 pts to my 793 pts for second place) might be the largest of All-Time in the IAWA World Championships, but after doing some research on this, I see that it is the THIRD largest margin of victory. In 2008, Rick Meldon won by a margin of 85 points, and in 1995 Bob Hirsh won by a margin of 122 points.
On top of all Steve’s success as a lifter, he is one of the most modest guys I have ever met and a true sportsman. He is the perfect example of what a CHAMPION should be like. Congratulations Steve!