by Al Myers
James Fuller (left) receiving the Runner Up Newcomer Award following the 2013 USAWA National Championships. The award was presented by USAWA President Denny Habecker (right).
I always enjoy the USAWA Annual Awards presentation. This program to recognize outstanding accomplishments was started in 2010. The program is funded by the USAWA bank account, and all award winners are chosen by the membership. This means if you win one of these awards – it is because your peers deemed you worthy. That means much more than one individual making the choices, or a selection committee deciding.
The first award given out was the Newcomer Award. This award is defined as, “This award goes to an individual who is new to the USAWA or has become involved again in the organization. It recognizes a lifter who has shown great involvement or outstanding performance throughout the past year. it doesn’t have to be someone in their first year involved in the USAWA. “
This year Award Winners are:
WINNER – RUTH JACKSON
RUNNER UP – JAMES FULLER
James was on hand at Nationals to receive his award. I know Ruth has made plans to attend the Team Championships in August at the Dino Gym, so I plan to present her award to her then. Congrats to both of these lifters!!!!