Saturday turned out to be a pretty nice day with no rain, and the Powerlifting venue, co-hosted by the Allentown YMCA/YWCA and Southside Iron Gym, also of Allentown, had a large tent over the entire area including the spectator seating. That was a God send, especially since your columnist forgot his hat on his way out that morning. The meet ran smoothly and other than getting off to a slightly late start, ran according to schedule. There was a traffic accident on 309 right before the exit leading to the event, but the majority of the competitors made it on time despite this.
The Victory Raw Powerlifting team of Quakertown had a great day, with 8 lifters taking home awards. There were 4 men and 4 ladies representing the new team, as follows:
Maddie Wackerman, age 16, 132 open class bench pressed 13o to take first in her class,
Liz Cooley, also 16 years of age in the 123 class open division, benched 115 to take first place and she also got best female lifter, in her very first meet.
Jackie Knox, 28 years old, competed in the 148 open division in the bench/deadlift, and hit a 130 bench and a 250 deadlift to take first in her division.
Laurie Hummel, 31, took first in the 165 pound bench/deadlift division with a nice 155 bench and 295 deadlift.
The men were:
Jonathan Kieler, 19 years old, competed in the 181 open class and raw class of the bench/deadlift event and got first place trophies in both with an awesome 330 bench and 520 deadlift!
John Rutt, 19? competed in the 198 open class with a 330 bench and 470 deadlift
Matt Stairiker, age 29, lifted in the 220 open class and benched 265, deadlifted 465 to place 2nd in his division.
The senior lifter and club founder Dave Richardson decided to enter just the bench press competition and not only made an official 420 raw bench at age 44, he requested an unofficial 4th attempt at 430, which he made rather easily Dave competed in both the Raw and open masters divisions, winning a first and a second place award.
As I am still recovering from an achilles injury sustained over the Memorial day weekend, I had to sit this one out ( well, not exactly sit) and played the role of coach, spotter, hand-off man and cheer leader for this event, but hopefully and God willing will return to the platform within the next few months. There are some other team affiliates that did not make the Sportsfest but hope to be involved in future meets.
As results become available from this and other events at the Lehigh Valley Sportsfest, we will provide more coverage.
The video attached has a technical problem, in that there is no audio, but otherwise is a nice compilation of lifts from the Quakertown based Victory Raw Powerlifting team.
In addition to the seasoned duo of Dave Richardson and yours truly, there are some young team members that are just getting started in the power game and should do very well going forward. The team looks forward to competing in other local events in the near future and is looking for both new team members as well as supporters of the club. Contact me at [email protected] for more information or if you have an interest in joining.