**World Champs – Important Announcement**

As many of you have been anticipating final details relating to this year’s world champs we have to advise that due to circumstances beyond our control we have to change the venue of this year’s competition. Our new venue will be Eastbourne Sports Park and the dates remain the same (6th&7th October), as do the lifts. I will be promoting this year’s event with Steve Gardner assisting. Full venue details, application form and information for visitors will be released in the next couple of days. This will be an exciting event and we are lucky to have such a great venue.

2018 World Postal Competition

A message from IAWA President Al Myers:

The IAWA World Postal Championships has been announced! It will still be the “Andy Goddard Memorial”.  Andy was a great friend and supporter of the IAWA and as long as I’m involved promoting the World Postal it will be done in Andy’s memory. As it has been the past few years, the lifts for this World Postal will be the first day lifts of the upcoming Worlds. Since Worlds has not officially been announced yet (with an official entry form) I am assuming the lifts on day one will the lifts passed at the World Council Meeting last fall. Read the the info sheet as it outlines the “rules of the competition”.   Send your results to me at amyers@usawa.com. Also, please send in the official entry form with your club results. If you have more club entries than on the entry form just include extra entry forms.

2018 World Postal Entry Form

2018 World Postal Information Sheet


Postal League Leg 3 Results

The latest results of the Postal League have been uploaded to the website here.

Many thanks to Christopher Bass for collating and producing the results. The top 3 lifters for this leg were: Steve Andrews, Steve Sherwood and Mark Godleman – congratulations guys! The top 3 teams were Granby, Castlemilk and MetamorFIT1. The Power Set top 3 were: Steve Sherwood, Gary Ell and Steve Andrews. Our newest junior lifters Theo Hendley and Ryan Shields also achieved British Records in the Power Set! Well done to everyone that took part.


British All-Round Championship – MetamorFIT 7th April

MetamorFIT hosted the British All-Round Championship with 16 lifters participating. This year kindly receiving sponsorship from Muscle Finesse Wholesale.

The competition lifts were Continental Clean, Pullover and Push and the Hacklift.

Max Ell took the Best Ladies Title

Rory Hoad took the Best Open Lifter Title

Paul Barette took the Best Masters Lifter Title

Top 3 placings were Steve Andrews 3rd, Rory Hoad 2nd and Paul Barette 1st, who receives the Health & Strength Trophy.

Click here for full results.

A selection of photos from the day:



Lifting Etiquette – A reminder to Lifters, Referees & Promoters….

Steve Gardner (IAWA UK President) draws all lifters, referees and promoters attention to this timely reminder…..

IAWA Lifting Etiquette

After many many years of running and helping to run competitions, I have found there are a number of points that come up, time and time again, things that we get asked or confronted with, and which keep the Technical Officers and Officials on their toes. Some of it is easily answered and dealt with, some takes a little more explanation, these matters relate to us all: lifters officials and promoters…..here are some of the main points to remember and take on board with regard to competitions etc within our organisation………. Hence: Lifting Etiquette:

1 Entry Fees: competition entry fees should always be sent to and received by the Promoter at least 2 weeks before ( unless an arrangement has been made with the promoter) it is very important to those running competitions because they have to order trophies and organise premises etc to make the competition happen. If for some reason the entrant does not attend the competition a refund would not normally be paid.

2 Returning Main Trophies: it is of course very important that main awards are returned to promoters in time to be presented to the new winners, even if the past winner can not enter or be there, it is a rotten shame if a new winner is deprived of their moment of presentation because of another’s error in not returning ( it is hoped that it will be returned with engraving done also, where required)

3 Weigh In: lifters should weigh in in underwear only ( naked if it’s close on the line) it is not acceptable to have lifters trying to weigh wearing clothing? making them heavier of course, females will usually have a female weigh official, but can weigh wearing lifting costume if they wish, or need too, and an allowance of .5 kilos (half a kilo) is given.

4 it is important that lifters have joined or rejoined IAWA before being allowed to lift, it is important that promoters always remember to check this with any lifters entering their competition!

5 Attire on the platform: wrist wraps are always allowed, knee wraps / sleeves are allowed for front and back squat, no hats to be worn, shoes should always be worn, no stocking feet. Lifters can wear a lifting suit/ leotard or shorts and a t shirt, however the sleeves should finish above the elbows and shorts above knees for obvious reasons (officials need a clear view of rules of lifts being met) wearing two pairs of shorts is not allowed as can be seen as extra supportive clothing ( it has become a habit of wearing legging style shorts under regular shorts… so this is not allowed…..only underwear) also a belt can only be maximum of 4 inches wide, and wider, body hugging supportive belts cannot be worn, again one belt only is allowed . Only chalk can be used on the hands (and then, only on the hands, not legs or shoulders etc) plasters or dressings can only be worn to cover a blood wound and even then only when sanctioned by an official.

6 Questioning of Decisions by Officials: lifters should not call out from the platform to question any decision, it is crass and unprofessional… simply approach the official off the platform and ask politely…..at the appropriate moment

7 Officials position: Referees should always be sure they are in a position to see the lifting, and should move their chair or position if needs be
Also… it is unprofessional for officials to openly discuss decisions made whilst at the platform so that others in the room can hear the conversation. Better to discuss quietly between lifts, groups or sessions if necessary
Also… when using sticks and not a light system, Officials should be careful not to look at other Officials decisions before showing their own, even if done unwittingly, it looks unprofessional and as though the ref doesn’t know what signal to give
Also ……..as a centre Ref, remember to give clear audible signals. ( and visual, if it is very noisy in the room)

There may well be some points we have missed here, but I think we have most of the regular ones highlighted. IAWA is a great organisation, run by enthusiastic volunteers and lifters. As i mentioned, these points are for us all to follow : lifters promoters and officials, and if we all try to do our bit and keep these points in mind it makes the whole organisation and the running of competitions go so much smoother!

Thanks for reading these notes, hope they all make sense, lets carry on having great lifting and keep our organisation great too…..and of course ‘have great fun out there…..’

Cheers all

Steve Gardner IAWA (uk) President

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