Postal League Results – Leg 6

Here are leg 6 results of the Bob Smith All-Round Postal League and the Final Rankings for 2023.

Well done to all lifters that participated and supported the league this year!

The top 3 teams for leg 6 were – Bionic Branch Barbell Club – Club3B, MetamorFIT1 & Bionic Branch Barbell Club – Club3B2.

The top 3 lifters for leg 6 were Glenn Branch, George Johns & Danny Brumpton.

The final rankings for 2023 saw MetamorFIT1 take 1st place, Granby 2nd and MetamorFIT2 in 3rd place. Congratulations to all the team members.

The final individual rankings were Steve Andrews – 1st Place, Mark Godleman – 2nd Place & Danny Kingsland – 3rd Place.

If you qualify for an award (12 lifts or more), please contact Paul Barette before end of December to claim.

A very big thank you to Christopher Bass for all his work in compiling the League for the year and verifying all the successful records achieved!

Click here to download the full results


2024 Fixtures

At the IAWA(UK) AGM (Saturday 9th December) the proposed Fixtures for 2024 were approved.

You can find them by clicking here.

Some events have further information to follow which will be updated throughout the year.

The IAWA(UK) Committee Recognises the hard work our promoters do in hosting these events, and together with the work Steve Gardner has completed, as our Fixture List coordinator.

We express our thanks to everyone involved!

Drug Testing News….

From: Drug Control Officer – Gary Ell

“I am pleased to report that the tests carried out at the recent 2023 Gold Cup (held in Eastbourne on 4th November) both returned negative results”

Seated Disability Lifts Rule Amendments

Minor rule adjustments have been added to the Seated Disability Lifts.

The angle of the incline bench has been specified so as to ensure ‘overhead’ lifts remain so, rather than using an angle that would incorporate more of a chest press position.

The rule book has been updated to reflect these changes.

Please click here to view the updated Rule book.

The Karen Gardner Memorial Awards, for Outstanding Female Performance at the 2023 Gold Cup

Read by Paul Barette: Event Host and Promoter

Presented by Steve Gardner

Karen Gardner

As you know, at this year‘s Gold Cup we are honouring the memory of Karen. Karen was an ambassador for females lifting in our wonderful sport. Karen was not the first female to lift in IAWA when she started almost 30 years ago, but she was, and has always been a big influencer, helper and supporter to all new lifters (many who called her Mum) especially the female lifters.

At a time when there were not too many girls having a go Karen forged a way forward, she was many times IAWA Champions at Open and Masters levels, the holder of very many World Records, and ‘firsts’ in ladies lifting, and fittingly became the first female lifter to be inducted into the IAWA(UK) Hall of Fame. It is no exaggeration to say that Karen has been an establishing factor in the fact that we quite rightly see so many female lifters taking part today.

Steve has decided to honour those female lifters taking part today in this ‘Karen’s Memorial event’ in the knowledge she would be so proud of you all. Steve will present the Karen Gardner Memorial Awards, and has asked me to announce it, for obvious difficult reasons….


Chloe Brennan

Natalie Voce

Beata Banas

Grace Gardner

Diane Gardner

Mollie Redfern Smith

Pheobe Ames

Hannah Ames

Postal League Results – Leg 5

Here are Leg 5 Results of the Bob Smith All-Round Postal League.

The Top 3 teams this leg were MetamorFIT1, Granby and Bionic Branch Barbell Club – Club3B – Congratulations!

The top 3 lifters were Steve Andrews, Beata Banas-Hollobone and Paul Barette.

Well done to all the lifters.

Many thanks to Christopher Bass for compiling the results and confirming the records.

Click here to download the full results


Drug Testing News

From Gary Ell – Drug Control Officer

Drug results update, from the British Power and Single lifts which were held in Eastbourne back in July.

This year and going forward for the foreseeable future, our testing is being analysed by King’s College in London to WADA standards.

Of the three samples taken, two were negative (athletes have been notified and thanked)

The other sample after extensive analysis, tested positive for an anabolic steroid, therefore the athlete involved was given the opportunity to explain/ pay for analysis of their B sample.

In this instance that option was not taken, so a lifetime ban from IAWA competitions has been enforced.

All records set by the athlete at the event, have also been removed.

Plenty of information on testing/substances/medications/supplements etc is available from the websites of WADA and Informed sport.

If you feel you may need a therapeutic use exemption these forms can also be found/printed and signed by your GP/medical advisor.

Thanks again for your support and assistance with our drug testing program.

Stay strong and I hope to see you at the Gold Cup in November 🤞

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