This was our annual message sent to all USAW members registered in the Wisconsin LWC.
State Meets Awarded
We are happy to announce that the state meets for the year have been awarded:
The LWC Championship will be held April 23-24 at Madtown Weightlifting Club in Madison, Wisconsin.
The Summer Games will be hosted by Milwaukee Barbell. There is no date yet for the meet, but we expect it to be scheduled for the end of July or sometime in August.
The Wisconsin Open is moving out west to UW La Crosse this fall. We are excited to have an event in the area: the last time a meet was held in that corner of the state was 9 years ago.
Great Lakes Open
Save the date!
262 Barbell Club is hosting their annual Great Lakes Open on June 11th, in Waukesha. This will be the third year they've put on the show. The atmosphere is always friendly and fun with a mix of first-timers - and some heavy weights being dropped of course.
2015 Year in Review
Like the prior year, 2015 was a great year for weightlifting in the state. Our overall membership grew from 394 people at the close of 2014, to 460 people in 2015. The exciting portion is that our athlete cohort grew from 150 to 240 athletes in 2015.
We stayed steady with 6 meets held during the year, but 2015 meets were much more popular. Meet participation grew from 219 to 403.
We lost 6 clubs in 2015, but gained even more for a total of 23 weightlifting clubs in the state.
Despite the membership and club growth, competition opportunities remain limited. Performing your best on the stage as an athlete takes practice. So does coaching an athlete through a meet. With 240 athletes and 403 participants, the average weightlifter only competed in 1.7 competitions. At least six competitions is ideal -- you might only peak for 2-3 of them -- but the extra practice is invaluable.
The barrier to entry for hosting a meet is small: find at least six lifters, three judges, and a barbell - then fill out an online form. Let's see if we can get a dozen meets on the calendar this year.
This is a reminder that, as usual, the annual LWC meeting will be held at the championship meet.
This year the USAW national office is coordinating voting for LWC director positions. All positions are available for nomination/election. This will occur via an online voting system prior to the annual meeting. You will not need to be attendance to vote. Details will be distributed through the e-mail address you have registered with USAW.
See you in April