British Grip Champs Saturday 4th Feb 2017 – Promoter Mark Haydock

Full Results can be found under ‘Results – National Fixtures’

Report by Promoter Mark Haydock:

Big thank you and well done to all the IAWA lifters who made the trip to The Lion’s Den on saturday! There was some exceptional lifting on display, Chloe Brennan with a nice 150kg deadlift on the 2″ bar, Max Ell made some tidy lifts and continues to show great progress under the guidance of dad, Gary Ell! Speaking of Gary Ell, he pulled his biggest ever deadlift even though it was a 2″ bar, must be more in the tank then Gary!! Good to see Steve Moss back in action, the old back injury held out and he made some great lifts.Pete Tryner lifted really well with solid lifts across the board despite no preparation and carrying an injury! Matt Wells put in his usual classy performance with his flawless speed and style. Matt Jones had a good start on the dumbbell Walk but misjudged his opener on the push press which cost him dearly, he’ll be back though. Josh Davidson looked super strong with a nice 270 pull to end his set of lifts. As always we had a good Scottish contingent! Although he grumbled about the bar being too heavy and too cold Matt Finkle overcame a misload and made some solid lifts, double bodyweight deadlift on a 2″ bar, nice! George Dick was on form as ever, however he took the sensible approach and only did one attempt with the Dumbbell Walk! James McKenna looked solid on all lifts and still keeps moving up the leader board every time he lifts. Andy Tomlin was on fine form, I still think he has a 200kg 2″ bar deadlift in him before he turns 50…!? The youngest lifter of the day was Natalie The Myth Haydock,, 7 years old, 24kg with a nice 30kg deadlift to finish.
Extra special thanks must go out to Chris Bass and his daughter Alison who made the trip across country to run the announcing/scoring desk and making sure everything ran like a well oiled machine!! Thanks to Sam and Emily for brewing up, Holly for photos, and Amy for cheerleading Natalie!!

2016 World Championships Lebanon PA USA – Promoter: Denny Habecker

22 Lifters competed at this years World 
Championships representing Australia USA England 
Finland and Scotland. The youngest lifter was Aiden 
Habecker 13yrsand the oldest was Art Montini at 
88yrs. The lifters performed well over the six 
disciplines: Continental Clean, Pullover and Push, 2 x 
2Vertical Bars Lift, The One Hand Clean and Jerk, 
Alternate Grip Clean and Press and Ciavattone 
Deadlift. 
The Overall Best Lifter: Peter Tryner of England, 
recieved the Champion of Champions Belt to hold for 
12 months

World Postal Championships – The Andy Goddard Memorial

This year we had 24 teams and 63 lifters, the turnout and response was outstanding, and is a great way to pay homage to a former lifter and great guy Andy Goddard.
The lifts for this years competition were:
The Continental Clean, The Pullover and Push and The 2 x 2″ Vertical Bars Lift

Top 7 Teams Rankings:
1st Burton Powerhouse 1
2nd Granby Grippers
3rd Burton Powerhouse 2
4th Team Northern Ireland
5th Burton Powerhouse 3
6th Twyford Celts
7th Dine Gym USA

Top 7 Individual Rankings:
1st Steve Sherwood
2nd Pete Tryner
3rd Ruth Jackson
4th James Gardner
5th Steve Andrews
6th Phil Crisp
7th Stevie Shanks

Welsh Open Championships – Saturday 3rd September 2016 – Port Talbot

14 Lifters competed at Port Talbot for the 
second Welsh Open event. The 
competition was great with lots of records 
broken. It was close atthe end between 
Josh Davidsonand Paul Barette for Best 
Lifter, with Josh just edging it and pulling 
a 235.5 kilo 2" Bar Hacklift, the heaviest 
on the IAWA books!

British All-Round Championship 13th August 2016 – Burton

A brilliant Championships 
with 32 lifters 
representing England 
Scotland Ireland and 
Wales. Youngest 
competitor 12yrs and the 
Oldest was 80 years 
young Gerry Davidson!
Lots of records were 
broken on the lifts: The 
Continental to Belt, The 
Pullover and Push and the 
Straddle Deadlift. See 
Results page for full 
details!

British Olympic Championships – 2nd July 2016 – Burton

A really good day of competition. In a great atmosphere of encouragement and achievement, lots 
of pb's were set and records broken. It was nice to have new lifters: Chris Peil and Paul Hallam 
lifting with us. Overall Best Lifter on the day was Tom Allsopp ahead of Hilario De Rocha and then 
Josh Davidson and Rich Metcalf who were tied in third place. 
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