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LWC 37

Oregon Weightlifting LWC 37

IWF Releases New Weight Categories

The IWF today announced its much-anticipated update of the bodyweight categories. Though the number of categories increases from eight to 10 for senior and junior men and women, only seven of the classes will be contested at the 2020 Olympics (see chart below).

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The IWF also announced new categories for youth 16/17 athletes (see chart below). USAW expects to establish new weight categories and American Record standards for 13/under and 14/15 youths by the end of the summer.

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Local meets sanctioned on or after July 9 will use the new bodyweight categories. Local meets already sanctioned have the option to use either bodyweight category set, though USAW recommends using the new categories as soon as possible. 

In regard to the Oregon LWC schedule, the Iron Beaver Summer Slam on July 14 will use the old categories. The PFB Weightlifting Summer Open on August 11 will adopt the new categories (note that registration is open here with the existing categories).

State records will switch over to the new categories after the PFB meet (earlier if needed to accommodate out-of-state results). The existing records will be retired once all meets have moved to the new categories.

On the national level, the American Open Series 2 event in Pennsylvania at the end of 13-16July will use the old categories, while the Series 3 event in Las Vegas on September will use the new categories. Click here for updated qualifying totals. Registration for AO Series 3 opens Monday at 5 pm MT.

Juniors, Masters Lifting This Weekend

U.S. National Youth Championships runs from June 14-17 in Grand Rapids, MI. This event, opent o lifters 17 and under, also serves as the 2018 Youth Olympic Games Trials. Three athletes from POW (Portland Oregon Weightlifting) will compete:

Memphis Fishler (9) will lift in the 13 and under 31B group bright and early Friday morning (8 am ET, 5 am PT) on the Blue platform.

Ryder Jones (12) will close out lifting Friday on the White platform, lifting in the +69B group at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

Mason Turpen (15) will lift in the M14-15 85A group on Saturday night at 8:10 pm PT (5:10 pm PT). He'll be on the White platform.

Click here to watch the livestream.

At the other end of the age spectrum, the Masters Pan-American Championships also take place this weekend in Gaspe, Quebec, Canada. Melissa Doherty of Gee Strength will lift on Friday, June 15, at 3 pm ET (12 noon PT) in the W55 63 kg class. Lauren Hatmaker, also of Gee Strength, will lift in the W45 90 kg class on Saturday at 2 pm ET (11 am PT).

Click here for more information on the livestream.

Four from Oregon LWC to lift at U.S. Nationals

The 2018 National Championships take place this weekend in Overland Park, Kansas. Three Oregon LWC women will lift on Friday, May 25:

Nicole Maynard, Vulkan Weightlifting, 53D session, 8 a.m. CT (that's 6 a.m. PT), Red platform

Snow Charpentier, Catalyst Athletics, 53B session, 12 p.m. CT (10 a.m. PT), Red platform

Lily Salisbury, Catalyst Athletics, 58A session, 5:45 p.m. CT (3:45 p.m. PT), Red platform

On the men's side, Shane Sevcik will lift in the 105+B session on Sunday, May 27, at 1:40 p.m. (11:40 a.m. PT), Blue platform

You can find the livestream and start list here.

If we missed you on the start list, let us know in the comments.

May LWC Events and Deadlines

Eastside Barbell/Gee Strength in Springfield is hosting a mock meet on May 5. Weigh-ins start at 9, and lifting runs from 10 to 2. Cost is $20. Email info@eastsidegeestrength.comto secure a spot.

May 6 is the deadline for registering for WarGames 2018: The Battle For PRs, POW's (Portland Oregon Weightlifting) sanctioned meet scheduled for May 12 in Sherwood.

Vulkan Weightlifting will be hosting a USAW Level 2 Coaching Course (Adv Sports Perf) on May 19-20. Dave Spitz of California Strength will be the instructor.

May 26 is the deadline to register for the Oregon State Championships. Click here for qualifying information. The meet will take place June 9 at Iron Beaver Weightlifting in Corvallis. Deadline for ordering Oregon Strong meet t-shirts is May 19. 

May 27 is the deadline to register for the Fighting Duck, hosted by the University of Oregon Weightlifting Club in Eugene.

The USAW National Championships take place May 24-27 in Overland, KS. Oregon weightlifters on the start list include Snow Charpentier (Catalyst Athletics) and Nicole Maynard (Vulkan Weightlifting) in the 58 kg weight class, Lily Salisbury (Catalyst Athletics) in the 63 kg class, and Shane Sevcik (Klamath Barbell Club) in the 105+ class.

FINAL RESULTS FROM University/Under 25 Championships

Five LWC lifters placed in the 2018 National University and National Under 25 Championships (April 19-22 in Ogden UT). 

Julia Wong, University of Oregon Weightlifting, went 6 for 6 in the 58kg weight class. Her 143 total (65 kg snatch and 78 kg clean and jerk, put her in 11th place overall in the University Championships and 9th in Under 25.

David Lamb, Iron Beaver Weightlifting, took 4th place in the University 85 kg weight class with a 298 total (132 snatch/166 clean and jerk). In the Under 25 competition, he earned silver in clean and jerk and total and bronze in the snatch. He also finished third in the running for top overall male lifter in the Under 25 competition and broke his state records in the clean and jerk and total.

In the University 94 kg weight class, Braydon Kennedy of Gee Strength finished 7th overall with  a 290 kg total (135 kg/155 kg). The snatch and total are new state records.

Alec Olson, Heroic Barbell, placed 20th in the University 94 kg class. He snatched 115 kg and cleaned 147 kg for a 262 kg total. 

Kayla Bauer, Northwest Strength Institute, finished 7th in the 75 kg class in the Under 25 Championships, going 73 kg/83 kg for a 156 kg total.
 

 

Introducing the Oregon LWC board.

 

 

Chris

Chris Swartz 

President / Central Regional Rep /  Email: ironbeaverweightlifting@gmail.com

Jordan

Jordan Franco

Vice President / Portland Regional Rep / Email: jfranco@francosportstraining.com

Sara

Sara Ferris

Secretary / Treasurer Email: saraferris@comcast.net

Mira

Mira Gracia

Athletes Representative / 2nd Portland Regional Rep /  Email: info@industrialstrengthgymi.com

Tom

Tom Hirtz

Eugene Area Regional Rep /  Email: hvyath@aol.com

Dean

Dean Limb

Southern Regional Rep / Email: dean.limb@gmail.com

Oregon Lifters Shine at National Masters Championships

These Oregon LWC members competed in the 2018 National Masters Weightlifting Championships in Buffalo, New York, April 5-9. Complete results are available here.

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Holly Arrow, Gee Strength, totaled 113 kg (53/60) for the gold medal in the 63 kg weight class and also the Grand Master award (top Sinclair-Meltzer-Faber score)  in the W60 age group. She also set a new Masters National and Oregon state record with the 53  snatch.

W55-59
Melissa Doherty, Gee Strength, placed second in the 58kg weight class with a 106 total (44 snatch, 62 clean and jerk).

W45-49
Mira Gracia, Industrial Strength, earned a bronze medal in the 63kg weight class with a 60 snatch and 76 clean and jerk for a total of 136. She was edged out for the sliver by the slimmest of margins: the second-place finisher also totaled 136, but did so first.

Lauren Hatmaker, Gee Strength, won the gold medal in the 75kg  class with a 134 total (60/74). The 74 clean and jerk is a new state record.

M45-49
Joe Beck, Heroic Barbell, went 93/102 for a total of 195 in the 85kg class.

Dave Otteman, also with Heroic Barbell, placed fourth in the 105+ class with lifts of 100/120 for a 220 total.

W40-44
Lifting in the 69 kg weight class, Laurie Koenig, Sports Palace, posted a 49 snatch but did not total in the clean and jerk.

M35-39
Justin Devereux, East Coast Gold, earned the gold medal in the 85kg class by 1kg. In a 5 for 6 performance, he snatched 117 and clean and jerked 158 (a new state record) for a 275 total. He also took Grand Master honors for the M35 age group based on the S-M-F formula.  East Coast Gold placed second in the men's team competition.

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Mary Colasanto, Team SAW, took silver in the 90kg weight class with a 173kg total (76kg snatch and 97kg clean and jerk), setting new Oregon state records across the board in the process.

The 2019 National Masters Championships will be heading west to Salt Lake City (also host site for the American Masters meet November 2-4, 2018.
 

 

 

PFB Weightlifting Spring Open Results

Results from the PFB Weightlifting Spring Open are now available on the Results page. Fourteen women and eight men competed in the April 7 meet in Sandy.

In the women’s masters category, Michelle Sparks-Nguyen of DragonFire Weightlifting took first place and Lyndi Boyce of PFB Weightlifting took second based on the Meltzer-Faber age adjustment coefficients. On the men’s side, Bill Brian (unattached) placed first, followed by Tim Petrucci of PFB Weightlifting.

In the Open category as determined by the Sinclair formula, the top three women were Lily Salisbury of Catalyst Athletics, Brandi Miller (unattached), and Danica Wolfe of PFB Weightlifting.

Top men were Jonathan Douglas (unattached), Luke Hansen (POW), and Justin Niles (unattached).  

Michelle Sparks-Nguyen set new state records in the 69kg 45-49 age group for snatch, clean and jerk, and total. Michelle broke the 20-year-old record held by Judy Glenney (click here and scroll down a bit to learn more about Judy’s contributions to women’s weightlifting).

Lily Salisbury set new 58kg women’s open records for the clean and jerk and total, and Brandi Miller set new marks across the board in the 90kg class.

The record pages will be updated once results from Masters Nationals are available.

 

USAW seeks next weightlifting star

High school students ages 13-18 are invited to upload videos of their best bench press, squat, and power clean at NextWeightliftingStar.com. The competition runs from March 14 to April 16.

Submissions will be reviewed by USA Weightlifting’s Sport team, including 3-time Olympic Champion Pyrros Dimas and National Teams coach Mike Gattone.

The top athlete in each weight category will receive a trophy and an invitation to attend a camp hosted by USA Weightlifting at of Rogue Fitness headquarters in Columbus, Ohio.

The overall winner’s high school will receive a full set of weights and a barbell, while the runner-up’s school will receive a barbell.

The top high school in each state will receive a certificate of recognition to signify their participation in the online combine.

The combine is free to enter. Entrants must upload a copy of their student ID card in order to prove eligibility.

Between Lifts Digital Magazine Debuts

The inaugural issue of Between Lifts quarterly weightlifting magazine is now available at betweenlifts.com. It features a wide-ranging interview with USA Weightlifting CEO Phil Andrews. Other articles, most by Oregon LWC members, cover a variety of topics: determining intensity for the lifts, juggling lifting and life responsibilities, and facing adversity (getting punched in the face). A number of high-quality photographs are also included. According to editor-in-chief Jack Carpenter, the goal of the magazine is to "provide an experience where no subject relating to the sport of weightlifting is off limits." He welcomes contributions from anyone who loves the sport. Between Lifts can be viewed online in flipping book format, or click on the Download arrow at upper left to download a PDF version.  

 

State Youth Records Topple at 2018 Junior Nationals

Several Oregon LWC members competed at USA Weightlifting Junior Nationals in Spokane, WA, from Feb. 15 to 18, 2018.

in his last year as a junior lifter, Tyler Hoang of Vulkan Weightlifting went 4 for 6 in the men’s 85kg weight class. He totaled 96 kg in the snatch (25th place) and 137 kg (14th place) in the clean and jerk, for a total of 233 kg, good for 19th place. Tyler set the Oregon junior men’s state record with his 137 clean and jerk.

Also in the men’s 85 kg class and also 4 for 6, Matei Leontescu of Heroic Barbell snatched 107 kg (16th place) and cleaned 115 kg (27th place), for a 222 kg total (23rd place). The 107 snatch gave Matei the state men’s junior weightlifting record in the 85kg weight class.

In the 94kg men’s weight class, Mason Haro-Kobernik of Drive Barbell in Bend went 5 for 6, with 127 kg in the snatch (5th place) and 157 kg in the clean and jerk (6th place). His total of 284 earned him 6th place overall, and his clean and jerk and total smashed his previous state junior records of 152 and 277, respectively.

View records here.

New Qualification Procedure, Location for State Championships

The 2018 Oregon State Championship meet will take place this year at Iron Beaver Weightlifting in Corvallis. The date has yet to be determined. Invitations will now be based on meeting qualifying totals that are 80% of the USAW Nationals qualifying totals (see chart below). Future meets will rotate through the four LWC regions—the process for selecting sites will be developed by the board and regional representatives. Changes were discussed and agreed to at the 2018 LWC meeting.

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Weightlifter Spotlight: Melissa Doherty

7th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Eugene, Oregon on a doctor, partner to Oregon weightlifter Lauren Hatmaker, mother of 2 big furry puppies and competitive 63kg masters lifter Melissa Doherty. (She's the one on the right pictured below, if you couldn't tell;-)

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I believe I had the pleasure of meeting Melissa through her better half Lauren;-) most likely at a training session. What struck me about Mel is how genuine and no fuss she is. She clearly loves the sport, the community it provides and puts in the work day in and day out to make it better. I have been lucky enough to travel with her to 2 national competitions and witnessed her not only win her weight and age group but break a long standing CJ record at Masters Nationals 2017! If you don't know her, you should. She's a gem in our community crown. Everyone...meet Melissa.

 

1. Where are you from and any other relevant info? Family, profession, etc.    

I'm originally from Portland. I spent 10 years in Corvallis working as a firefighter/paramedic, before going to medical school at the ripe old age of 33. I've been working as an ER doc at Sacred Heart Hospital since finishing residency in 2003. I currently live in Eugene with my partner Lauren, and our two plus-sized dogs, Olivia and Eleanor.

2. How long have you been weightlifting for?

I have only been seriously weightlifting for about a year and a half. I did my first meet in December 2015. 

3. How did you get started?

I started CrossFit in 2011. That was my introduction to Olympic weightlifting.

4. Your personal mantra?

Hah! "Embrace the suck." This has served me well in many arenas: firefighting, marathoning, my job as an Emergency Physician, and now weightlifting. 

5. How many days a week do you train?

4-5. I'd train every day if my body would let me. 

6. Who does all your programming/coaching?

Jessica Gee. She's the bomb. 

7. Who do you train with? Where do you train?

I train with an amazing group of lifters at our Gee Strength weightlifting club. 

8. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 

My best competition lifts are a 49 snatch and 65 C/J. I've hit 50/68 in training/mock meets. 

9. Do you compete and if so why?

Yes. I like to compete to give me something to train for, and as a measuring stick for improvement. 

10. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting?

Winning my age/weight group at Masters Nationals this year. I somehow managed to beat a woman who has won 12 prior Masters Championships. I had a good meet and she didn't. It's crazy. And I broke a Clean and Jerk record in the process. 

11. What would you say is most important to you in your success?

Having fun and treating people well--pretty much what life's all about. 

12. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting?

My skinny runner's legs, full of slow-twitch muscle. Years of marathoning did not help me build weightlifter's legs. 

13. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting?

My careers in emergency services and medicine have given me a great ability to focus under the worst of circumstances, so I don't really get nervous on the platform. I think that's pretty helpful. And, I did a lot of general strength and conditioning when I was younger, so I've always been pretty strong. 

14. Who or what inspires you?

In weightlifting, pretty much anyone who is a good lifter and not a jerk. In life, people who live their lives with grace and selflessness. 

15. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train?

I've lifted to everything from hip hop to classic rock to opera. I love all kinds of music and different genres suit different lifting sessions. 

16. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter.

I aspire to a bodyweight snatch. I'm gonna have to lose about 10 kilos, but one day it's gonna happen. 😂

Weightlifter Spotlight: Jennifer Banning

6th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Bend, Oregon on a mom, wife and competitive 58kg masters lifter Jennifer Banning.

I've had the pleasure of personally getting to know Jennifer through our interactions at various weightlifting meets throughout the years. The most memorable was back in 2015 in Monrovia California at Masters Nationals. It was awesome to see someone who was passionate about the sport surrounded by her family and friends. She is not only one of the most kind and generous people I have come to know, in spite of being a busy wife to her partner Keith and mom to her two boys, she has managed to earn herself quite a resume as far as weightlifting is concerned. To everyone within the Oregon LWC please meet or get to know Jennifer Banning.

  1. How long have you been weightlifting for? I've been lifting for about 3.5 years

  2. How did you get started? About a year after I started Crossfit I wanted to get better with the Olympic lifts and was immediately hooked.

  3. Your personal mantra? Mostly I tell myself to 'Do the best with what you have' and 'Life is short - Leave no regrets'.

  4. How many days a week do you train? I train about 5-6 days a week mostly Olympic lifting with some Crossfit thrown in to keep the wheels greased.

  5. Who does all your programming/coaching? Adam Hamilton

  6. Who do you train with? Where do you train? Bend, Oregon at Rally Crossfit and at my home gym.  I train with some really great people in a great competitive environment.

  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete?  In competition:- Snatch - 52kg, Clean and Jerk - 68kg  Training:  Snatch - 55kg, Clean and Jerk - 71kg.

  8. Do you compete and if so why? Competitions give me a goal and something to train for. I love to push and better myself.  It takes a gritty mindset to train long and hard for the short time on the platform. I also want to be an example to my boys to never give up and work hard.

  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Earning a bronze medal at the 2014 World Masters competition in Copenhagen, Denmark.  It was only my 4th meet ever and I went all by myself without a coach.  I met so many like minded people who are passionate about weightlifting and a couple of them have become really good friends.

  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success? A proper mindset and work ethic.

  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? My biggest hurdle I have to say is my age.  I turn 50 this April and unfortunately, I didn't find weightlifting until I 46. You're just not flexible and resilient as you age.

  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Although i wouldn't consider myself the most physically gifted, I know how to work hard. I know how to grind and I like that aspect of training.  

  13. Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack?  A banana and a chocolate peanut butter protein shake.

  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train.  I like all kinds of music but train to anything that is raw and loud.

  15. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? I've tried lots of sports over the years.  I was a collegiate soccer player but most people don't know that I played women's semi-pro full tackle football for two years.

Weightlifter Spotlight: Jessica Gee

5th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Eugene, Oregon on a long time competitive lifter and coach Jessica Gee.

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Back in 2010 coaching resources were scarce in, at the time, unknown sport of weightlifting. I would drive to Creswell Oregon to train with Tom Hirtz and his Hvy Athletics group every Friday and Saturday for some quality coaching and comradely with others. One of his lifters, at the time, was Jessica Gee. The moment I met Jess I was immediately intimidated. She was this fierce and aggressive personality on the platform but turned out to be one of the kindest, genuine and most giving people the minute she stepped off.

She has dedicated herself to the sport for the better half of the last 10 years as a senior 63kg national caliber weightlifter and is the head coach of Gee Strength weightlifting club out of Eugene, Oregon. 

Everyone, meet Jess...

  1. How long have you been weightlifting for? About 12 years
  2. Your personal mantra? Remember to enjoy it
  3. How many days a week do you train? 5
  4. Who does all your programming? Max Aita
  5. Who do you train with? Mostly alone. A little bit with my other half
  6. How did you get started in weightlifting? One of the weightlifters at the gym I went to encouraged my brother to try it (I had thought it looked SO cool, but had no clue what to do to get into it) I forced myself into the "try out" and never left :)
  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 81kg snatch & 100kg CJ
  8. Do you compete and if so why? Yes. There is driving force inside me that demands it
  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? American Open Bronze medal. Oh and lifting at nationals in soccer shoes
  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success? Mindset
  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Mindset
  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Efficiency. I'm not that strong
  13. Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? When mangos are in season, the best! Otherwise a banana and chocolate protein shake
  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train? I go through fazes but always Rob Zombie  
  15. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? I adopted the dive clean to try to be like Yuri Zakharevich-he's my hero (I also bought socks like him-but not the singlet) 

Weightlifter Spotlight: Kat Ricker

4th in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over McMinnville, Oregon on a long time lifter and national level referee Kat Ricker.

One of the first times I met Kat she was grunting and all annoyed that she had missed this one snatch. I was a bit taken aback as I thought "wow how passionate is this lady about her lifts?" Little did I know she was exactly that, a woman who is  ferociously passionate about her training and for the sport as a whole.

Since then I've had the pleasure of traveling with her to 2015 Masters Nationals in Monrovia, CA where she competed as a 63kg lifter in the 45-50 age group and coincidently we celebrated our birthdays that year just one day apart. I watched her jump rope and spit to cut weight and can be found on occasion hanging from trees and rolling down sand dunes for fun. Seriously:-)

She is also one of the most giving people to the sport of weightlifting. She dedicates her time and money to referee throughout the state and is the ONLY national level referee in Oregon. For those of you who don't know what that means...it means that she's spent a lot of time studying the sport, the rules and doling out a lot of white and some red lights.

All in all, she's got a certain zest for life and the sport and I'm sure she wouldn't have it any other way. Ladies and gents, introducing Kat Ricker.

  1. How long have you been weightlifting? Ten years
  2. Your personal mantra? Records are for glory. Lifting is for life. 
  3. How many days a week do you train? 4 - 5
  4. Who does all your programming? I do, though I’ve learned from some excellent coaches who have provided my programming over the years.
  5. Who do you train with? Portland Oregon Weightlifting (POW)
  6. How did you get started in weightlifting? I found it on the Internet a few years before it began to catch on more widely. There, I found my way to USAW mentor coach Jim Schmitz, who helped me lay my foundation.
  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? SN 50, C&J 60, TL 110, all competition lifts. 
  8. Do you compete and if so why? Not currently. I competed for six consistent and aggressive years. The pre-comp training developed my best performances; the recordkeeping through USAW motivated me, and I found broader benefit in the experience of living the competition circuit lifestyle – community, travel, adventure.
  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Although I’m not an elite lifter, I am proud of a few things - competing in Masters Nationals as my 25th meet (placed fourth); becoming Oregon’s first national referee; competing up and down the West coast, and helping advance the sport for POW and Oregon.
  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success? Involvement with high quality people, and weightlifting seems to attract and develop them in droves. I am always mindful of the support that others have given me.
  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? I’m not built for this sport. But I enjoy it and find a lot of benefit from it, so I do it anyway.
  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Mental work habits – I am consistent, organized, and keep pushing.
  13. What’s your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? I’m more into pre work out fuel – and that’s French toast with real maple syrup.
  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train? Mask of Gas by Broken Note
  15. Tell us something that no one knows about you as a weightlifter? My “other sport” is boxing. I help officiate USA Boxing events, and I offer Boxing for Fitness classes in Newberg through my small business Bodydrive Fitness LLC.

P.S. Here's a little video she put together called "Why we love weightlifting." https://youtu.be/n1prLrgPdT4

Weightlifter Spotlight: Neville Chu

3rd in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". Hoping that these stories brings us closer together as a community of people who share a common obsession with the sport.

Today's spotlight shines down over Portland, Oregon on a new father, husband, coach and well respected physical therapist Neville Chu.

I had the pleasure of meeting Neville at the Industrial Strength Fall Classic back in 2015. Not only was he respectful of our gym/house but lifted with great passion and commitment during the meet. I have since bumped into him on several occasions at meets and at a Clinical Athlete Weightlifting seminar taught by Dr. Quinn Hennoch. I found out then he was a physical therapist. It's not common, in this day and age, that you find medical professionals who are not only knowledgeable about the pillars of their profession but also practice and test those theories day to day. Neville is one of those people. He helps athletes and every day folk regain pain free movement in a rehabilitative setting and competes in the sport of weightlifting at a high level. Please allow me the pleasure of introducing you to Neville Chu.

  1. How long have you been weightlifting for?   I started weightlifting exclusively in 2010, so on and off for 6 years. 
  2. Your personal mantra?   Trust your training.
  3. How many days a week do you train?  4-5
  4. Who does all your programming?   I used to do it all myself but recently started getting coaching from Jared and Dave Fleming.  I have a bad habit of over-programming for myself so I needed to hand that task over to someone with more experience.  
  5. Who do you train with?  Magnus Barbell
  6. How did you get started in weightlifting?  I started CrossFit in 2008 through some coworkers when I was a personal trainer in southern California.  I asked a friend (Max Mormont from CrossFit Costa Mesa) to coach me as an athlete and mentor me as a trainer.  After he trained me for SoCal Regionals in 2009 I figured I could become a better CrossFitter if I were more proficient at weightlifting.  I spent a few months training technique and became addicted.  It helped that I didn't have to run anymore!
  7. What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete?  Competition: Snatch - 111, CJ - 141; Training - Snatch - 114, CJ 135
  8. Do you compete and if so why?  Yes.  I like setting goals.  I like challenging myself.  I feel like competing keeps me focused and takes the monotony out of training.  
  9. What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting?  I'm not a very accomplished weightlifter but I wanted to compete at the Oregon State Championships before my son was born.  It's not a huge deal, but I wanted to have a story to tell him when he gets older about the importance of having and achieving goals.  
  10. What would you say is most important to you in your success?  My wife.  Training takes a lot of time but she knows it's important to me and she has become my biggest cheerleader.  Her support makes it easier to focus. 
  11. What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting?   Time.  My career has taken a lot of time and energy so it can be difficult to find the ability to train consistently.  
  12. What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting?   My mentality.  My dad has always shown me from a young age to make all my efforts count and if you're going to half-ass it then don't even try.  
  13. Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack?   Breakfast burritos and diet coke.  
  14. What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train.   I usually listen to hip hop while training.  If I need a jolt of energy I'll listen to Rage Against the Machine.  If I need to relax and focus a little more I listen to classic rock or reggae.  
  15. Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter?   Before I became a CrossFitter/weightlifter I was a half-marathon runner.  I've done 4 or 5 of them and at one point even had goals of doing a triathalon.  I'm glad those days are behind me.  

Weightlifter Spotlight: Bill Barkelew

2nd in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". 

Today's spotlight shines down somewhere over Springfield, Oregon on a pilar of Oregon Weightlifting, life long lifter, Bill Barkelew.

If you've ever lifted at a meet held at the Ironworks Gym hosted by Heavy Athletics, you're most certainly familiar with a certain center referee named Bill. Bill's infamous for being a stern and fair referee, sitting up close to the platform, his great mustache and most of all not flinching one inch even when a lifter is clearly running with a barbell overhead trying desperately to save a snatch. Bill has also single handedly maintained the Oregon Weightlifting website for a couple of decades as well as aiding in managing the Oregon LWC for over 25 years along with Tom Hirtz and Jim Radcliff. Let's just say this sport is in his blood. We know Bill as the stern ref but I'm pretty sure not a lot of you know a lot about Bill the weightlifter. I got a chance to ask Bill a few questions about himself as an athlete the other day and here's what he was generous to share with us.

How long have you been weightlifting for? Started serious training in 1978, First meet was the 1978 Oregon Cup in Portland.

Your personal mantra? Relax & stay calm.

How many days a week do you train? 1976-2006 I trained 4-5 days a week, presently 2 days a week, but hope to push that to 3 days a week soon.

Who does all your programming? Basically I have always done my own programing other than when I trained with Heavy Athletics then Tom Hirtz took care of that roughly from 1996-1999.

Who do you train with? I have mainly trained at home by myself except for the time I trained with Heavy Athleics from 1996-1999.

How did you get started in weightlifting? I was a very small skinny kid in school and started reading Strength & Health Magazine in 1968 and saw Olympic lifting results and photos, so I started to lift following the photos I saw. WOW have things changed for young people wanting to start lifting now with cross fit and schools etc.

What are your best competition lifts or training lifts if you choose not to compete? 97.5 kg snatch in 1995 at 79 kg bodyweight at UO Meet, 115 kg Cl & Jk & 207.5 Total in 1999 at 81.4 kg bodyweight.

Do you compete and if so why? I have not competed since April 2006 at the National Masters where I took 2nd place in the 77kg 50-54 age group. Since this last meet injury has kept me off the platform. Have been working to get back in lifting shape and might try to compete next year if everything holds together. I am at about 60% of what I could do in 2003 and hope to get up to about 80% of that, 75 sn 92.5 cl & jk, we will see.

What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Placing third at the 2003 World Masters in the 77 kg class with a 90 snatch & 110 cl&jk 200 total at 50 years old, that year I also took 1st at the Natinal Masters to qualify for the Worlds meet.

What would you say is most important to you in your success? Never give up on the training and take the bad days along with the good.

What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Overcoming injury.

What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? My 3 years traning with Heavy Athletics.

Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? Now days it is usually a cold beer

What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train. I always have "Country Music" on the radio when I train.

Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter? Wow that is a tough one and I don't know.

I hope you've enjoyed the read and have a deeper understanding of the history of the sport in Oregon and the great people that make up its fiber.  

Until next time, happy lifting! -Mira

Weightlifter Spotlight: Melissa Franco Fishler

First in a series of weightlifter spotlights, to help our continually growing community, get to know one another outside of "What do you snatch and clean & jerk?". 

Today's spotlight shines down somewhere over Sherwood, Oregon on a long time lifter Melissa AKA "Missy" Franco Fishler.

 

One of the first times I had the pleasure of meeting Missy was at the Industrial Strength Fall Classic 2014. She appeared at weigh in looking a little tired to say the least. After asking her for her openers and such she then proceeded to tell me she just got off her night shift and was hoping to weigh in first so she could sleep an hour or so before competing. I thought, huh? What? Night shift? Competing? And that's exactly what she did. She napped, foam rolled, warmed up, hit a couple of PR's, kicked ass and put on a great show for all the spectators. That was and is Missy.

How long have you been weightlifting for? Since April 2012

How many days a week do you train? 5 days

Who does all your programming? Baby Bro – Jordan Franco

Who do you train with? I train with my lifting partners at Portland Oregon Weightlifting, which includes state and national qualifying lifters. I also train with CrossFit Lake Oswego.

How did you get started in weightlifting? I wasn’t a big athlete as a youngster. After I had my 2nd child, I wanted to begin to focus on health and exercise in my life and started with general conditioning and learning barbell work at CrossFit Lake Oswego – even though my brother owned a gym. Jordan saw some pictures of me doing overhead squats and told me I better get my ass on his weightlifting team otherwise he was going to Macho Man Randy Savage Double Suplex me like that time we were kids. I said, okay and now here we are…..

What are your best competition lifts? 70 kilo snatch and 84 c&j

Do you compete and if so why? Yes – it is rewarding. Life as a 35 year old single mother with 2 children, a full time career as an Executive Assistant to the President of a financial firm, 2 part time bartending jobs, part time youth weightlifting coach, 37 chickens, 2 cats, 2 rabbits, 1 dog and some fish ------ well you get the gist… live your life and love your life. Live to live. I compete because it’s a reward to myself and an inspiration to my children.

What is your biggest accomplishment in weightlifting? Becoming a state tournament qualifier within 3 years of actual lifting experience with my crazy busy life.

What would you say is your biggest hurdle in weightlifting? Learning how to control and center your emotion from bad lifts. All eyes are on you – lift with grace and miss with class.

What would you say is your biggest asset in weightlifting? Having an experienced coach who understands every athlete, from technique to mental. Everyone needs a coach and one who knows every piece you intimately well.

Whats your favorite post workout recovery meal or snack? Well it’s actually my pre workout. I love the AMP product by Isagenix as a pre-workout and I love their vanilla protein shake for post workout.

What’s your favorite jam to listen to when you train.  Favorite song to train to…. System of a Down.. Chopsuey

Tell us something that no ones knows about you as a weightlifter?  My Uncle is Dan Mello, five time US Open Greco Roman Champion, member of the 1980 Olympic Wrestling Team. US Marine Corps Head Wrestling Coach, 1996 US Wrestling National Coach of the Year and carried the Olympic torch. His story and work ethic has always been an inspiration that I instill into myself, my children, and the youth I coach. You can be anything you want to be as long you as you put the work in. Nothing is handed to you. Its earned.