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 for 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 🤞

World Postal Championships 2023 – The Andy Goddard Memorial

By Al Myers, IAWA President


Another great year for the IAWA World Postal Championships!!

This year we had 51 lifters compete from the United States, Australia, England, and Canada. This World Postal Championships is one of three (with the World Championships and the Gold Cup being the other two) promoted by IAWA.   I want to REALLY thank all those that participated. Your participation is what makes this a great event!  As per the tradition the past few years, the lifts of the first day Worlds were contested.  I’ve included all class winners and best lifters, individual overall rankings for men and women, 3 person team rankings, and club rankings.

I want to give special mention to the overall winners in each category.  The Overall Best Men’s Lifter was ABE SMITH, and the Overall Best Women’s Lifter was MAX ELL.  The Overall Best 3-person Team went to CLARK’S GYM (Abe Smith, Travis Luther, Tony Hose).  The Overall Best Club went to CLARK’S GYM, which had 11 members participate.   The Overall Best Association went to the USAWA, with the IAWAUK in second, and the ARWF in third.

The youngest lifter that entered was KYRAN VOCE at 5years of age. The oldest lifter in the completion was BILL CLARK at 91 years of age! I want to mention 2 lifters who competed as Exhibition Lifters (because of lack of an official to judge their lifts) just to show support to IAWA and the memory of Andy Goddard.  These lifters were Chad Ullom and Sylvia Stockall of Canada.

If anyone notices any errors in these results please let me know as soon as possible so I can get things corrected.  Sometimes I have difficulties reading the handwriting on the official scoresheets.

Again, I want to thank everyone for entering this meet and making it an outstanding annual event in IAWA.

Click here for the full results

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