Virtual Lift Off / Competition 8th & 9th May 2021

A Virtual Lift off / Competition
Results to be posted 1st Weekend in May: (Sat 8th or Sun 9th)
Since we lost the Grip Competition this time, we now offer an opportunity to take part in the virtual lift off on the very same lifts…you can perform just one of the three lifts, two of them, or all three….. it’s up to you: The Lifts: (All performed on a 2 inch thick bar) Lift 1 Clean and Push Press – Lift 2 Fulton Deadlift – Lift 3 Vertical Bars Lift on 2 x 2inch Rods
Same as for previous events of this type: Wear the correct platform dress for the lift off. Perform it in front of the camera using the Camera as the Centre Ref. Give yourself the down signal or pause correctly in the finished position before replacing the bar. State your name, Age and Bodyweight when you post the lift or lifts. See rules printed below, any questions please don’t hesitate to ask me. Although this is a ‘for fun’ event, please understand that if anything posted is not legal per IAWA rules then we will not be able to consider it for the overall results. We must be seen to maintain the correct standards of performance whilst having fun too!
(For anyone who has not got access to a 2 inch bar but wants to take part, we will also have a section where a lifter can perform any or all of the 3 lifts on regular 1 inch thick bars)
Click here for the rules in word format
Click here for the rules in Pdf format

**Updates to 2021 Fixtures**

From I.A.W.A.(UK) President Steve Gardner
There is light at the end of the tunnel ………………. (an indication that a long period of difficulty is nearing an end).
I love that saying, a long way to go yet of course but it seems we are getting there…

Well now that we have let the dust settle after the roadmap announcements of bringing the Covid restrictions to an end (if everything goes to plan and there are no further hitches) after the end of June we should be ok to resume what’s left of our competition programme, salvaging the remainder of the competition year.

Saturday 3rd July will be the Olympics Competition at Burton and also the Powerlifting Competition on the same day, so lifters can enter either competition (one will be in morning and the other will follow. (Remember lifters don’t have to do all of the 3 disciplines, they can just perform one or two of the three if they wish). More details will follow later.

Saturday 14th August will be the British All Round Championships at Eastbourne, then Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th September will be in Wales for: The Welsh Open Championships on the Saturday and The British Disability Championships on the Sunday.
The details for the World Championships in the USA in October, and the Gold Cup in Ireland in November remain the same.
Chris Bass will re organise the Postal League with first leg likely to be in July (again details to follow)
The World Postal will probably remain the same, with results in by the end of August, and the Old Time Strongman Postal event will have the date re set at some future point, so again details will follow!
In short, fingers crossed and get ready for July. It looks like gyms should be open again from 12th April, so hopefully that is good news for all gym owners, and for those members who attend the gyms to access weights (Nothing certain yet but there is a possibility of running a virtual event in May whilst following all Covid restriction guide lines) …watch this space!

**Covid 19 continues to impact fixtures**

A Covid Update regarding Fixtures:
This will come as no surprise to you all that we will have to announce the Grip Competition for February as unavoidably Cancelled. (we are concerned March’s ‘Midlands Open’ may go the same way but will update again in a few weeks on that one)……
However, Mark Haydock is also promoting the IAWA(UK) Strongman Competition at his place near Preston in May, and has decided the Grip Competition (Same lifts) can still go ahead on that day with the Strongman event to follow. So, the order of the day is: The Grip Comp 3 Lifts in the Morning, then a Strongman Competition of 3 Events (to be named) following the completion of the Grip.
Lifters will be able to lift in either the Grip or the Strongman ….OR…… they can enter Both if they wish and be ranked in the ‘Super Total’ …therefore being able to rank in the Grip and the Strongman and the Super Total…it is a very exciting concept, something special to look forward to ….more details later!

The changes to the fixture list can be viewed here

Important update – IAWA(UK) Memberships

From Paul Barette – Membership Secretary
It has been disappointing this year that Coronavirus has scuppered our great selection of events that were planned for 2020.
Many of our Members joined in the anticpation of competing in events up and down the country, abroad or participating in the postal competitions.
Steve Gardner is currently working on compiling our 2021 fixtures list and I am sure all of you (and I) are eager to get back to the lifting platform.
With this in mind the IAWA(UK) Executive Committee have unanimously agreed that we will extend all paid up IAWA(UK) Memberships by 12 months.
I can confirm that I have just completed this task, crediting all members with an additional 12 months. Your automated renewal emails will now reflect this and will now not be sent until 1 month before the revised renewal date.
If you have any questions regarding memberships please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Wishing you all the best in health – Paul

IAWA vs Covid-19 Virtual Lift Off

From Steve Gardner – The Results of the 2020 Virtual Lift Off Competition….
the level of involvement exceeded our Wildest dreams by far!!! the idea was to have some fun and create some involvement and inter action as best we could under the current situation, which is very difficult.
Interesting facts: we had 74 lifters take part from 9 different Countries: 33 England 23 USA 8 Australia 4 Wales 3 Scotland 2 Ireland 1 Finland 1 Canada and 1 New Zealand…….23 female lifters, 51 Male, 8 Juniors, 20 Open Lifters and 39 Masters. And there were 47 Different lifts used in the Competition…
I have created a results file and a Top lifters ranking file, but at the end of the day everyone who put themselves out to join in and be a prt of this ARE ALL CHAMPIONS!!
You can also view the 3 Way Challenge Match results, which was the reason this whole thing came about, Frank Ciavattone wondered if i could arrange a match against his team, and i was speaking with my co promoter for the Gold Cup: Stevie Shanks and we were saddened at having to cancel it, then whilst discussing the recent ‘virtual stone lifting competition’ that had been organised earlier, we just hit on the idea and our competiton was born……
Once again folks hope you all had a great time and like we said one day we will all look back on realising what a great thing we achieved between us!
The Results of the Three Way Challenge Match between the Old Powerhouse Gym England, Franks Gym USA and Steves Invitation International Masters Team.
Well done to the Masters team, and only one point in it between Powerhouse and Franks Gym……

The Lambda Academy Perth Western Australia

Burton Powerhouse – Graham Saxton, Steve & Karen Gardner, Paul Hallam


Midlands Open All-Round – 7th March Grimsby

Click here for the full results.

Best Lifter Awards:

Best Open Lifter- For the Bill Jelley Award: Richard Metcalf

Best Masters Lifter– For the Peter Ready Trophy: Steve Sherwood

Overall Champion of Champions Rankings:        

1st Steve Sherwood    2nd Roger Davis    3rd Richard Metcalf

A few Words about the event: 

A really great competition today at Grimsby for the IAWA (UK) Midlands Open All round Championships held at the Haven Gym and promoted by Chris Bass. Despite losing a few lifters from the potential entry field on the run up to the competition we still made it with Nine Men Strong and True! The lifts today were the One Hand Snatch, Continental Clean and Jerk and the Front Squat. All of the lifters put up a good performance, and at the end of the day the top three in the Champion of Champions Rankings were: First Steve Sherwood, Second Roger Davis and Third Richard Metcalf, (with only 2 points between 1st and 2nd) Well done to all the Officials, Lifters and Loaders, with everyone mucking in to help load and catch for each other the day went as smooth as a knife through butter, so again many thanks to you all for making the day a good one. Lots of record were broken and set too, so again well done to all especially, Wayne Pawson lifting in his first IAWA competition, and to Richard Metcalf, Roger Davis and Steve Sherwood our Best Lifters. A big well done to Chris Bass for promoting the event, another super IAWA day. The opportunity was also taken to present Steve Sherwood with the 2019 All Round League Overall Winners Cup!


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