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NEW ENGLAND LWC NEWS ROUNDUP, TOFURKEY EDITION

Posted November 23, 2017 by Greg Laxer, Webmaster, etc.

Actually, I’ve never eaten “tofurkey” and don’t plan to start any time soon. But, let’s get down to business!

RWL WEIGHTLIFTING LOADING TEAM TO PERFORM AT WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Members of RWL Weightlifting, based in Franklin, MA will form one of the loading teams working the World Championships in Anaheim, CA November 28 through December 5! They’re being listed in the Program as representing Boston, interestingly. As of now, RWL is scheduled to load the bar at following sessions: Tuesday, Nov. 28–Women 48 Kilos B Session; Wednesday, Nov. 29–Women 58 Kilos B Session; Thursday, Nov. 30–Men 77 Kilos C Session; Friday, Dec. 1–Women 69 Kilos B Session; Saturday, Dec. 2–Women 69 Kilos A Session; Sunday, Dec. 3–Women 75 Kilos A Session; Monday, Dec. 4–Women 90 Kilos B Session; Tuesday, Dec. 5–Men +105 Kilos C Session and possibly as part of a mixed group of loaders in the Men +105 Kilos A Session. I am hoping live video streaming of this event will be available and working smoothly. Go, Team RWL Weightlifting!!

NEW EVENT IN VERMONT; WHERE AND WHEN ARE OUR OTHER WINTER MEETS?!?

Coach Chris Polakowski has scheduled a Juniors-only (ages 18, 19, 20) event for Essex Junction, Vermont for Saturday, January 13, 2018 as a last-chance qualifier for National Junior competition. Entry Form here:     2018 VERMONT JUNIORS

The New England competition calendar is awfully bare, folks, with no competitions scheduled (apart from the above) until St. Patrick’s Day. Hey, that’s in March! Meet Directors, have you gone into hibernation?!? (Yes, I am a master of subtle hinting.)

RECENT MASTERS’ PERFORMANCES

Annette Dawson, of New Hampshire, set a New England LWC Record of 40 kgs. for Clean & Jerk in Age Group 65-69/90 Kilos Class in late October. Remarkably, she traveled all the way to Australia to achieve this! The event was the Australia & Oceania Championships/World Cup Masters meet at Surfer’s Paradise on the Gold Coast. Congrats, Annette!

The Masters Weightlifting version of the American Open was contested earlier this month in Savannah, GA. I detected the following New England lifters in the Official Results. Christine Ravener (unattached) took Gold in Women’s 69 Kilos Class, Age Group 55-59 with her Total of 103 kgs. I didn’t spot any other women, so on to the guys we go. Tom Kerrigan (unatt.) was Silver Medalist in Age Group 65-69/+105 Kilos with a Total of 112 kgs. Dave Bruzzi came in third in Age Group 60-64/94 Kilos with his Total of 130 kgs. Dave is listed as representing Sayre Park WL in Chicago, but resides in Rhode Island. Under the current rules, he could opt to be a member of New England LWC, but I don’t know if he has chosen this. Stephen Powell, another of our veteran lifters, lifting Unattached in Age Group 55-59/105 Kilos, won Silver with a Total of 202 kgs. Joe DeRosa (Beantown Barbell, Boston) missed potentially winning Age Group 50-54/77 Kilos category by one kilogram, achieving 178 kgs. for his Total. Marshall Rosenstein (also Beantown) won the Gold in Age Group 45-49/+105 Kilos with 241 kgs. And Ignacio Borroel (Beantown) took Second Place in Age Group 40-44/105 Kilos by dint of his Total of 140 Kilos. Congrats to one and all!! If I missed anyone, please let me know at  GregLaxer01@mail.com 

‘POCKET HERCULES’ SULEYMANOGLU DEAD AT AGE 50

Turkey’s Naim Suleymanoglu, winner of Gold Medals in three consecutive Summer Olympic Games, has died at only age 50. Standing less than 5 feet tall, he was christened ‘The Pocket Hercules.’ Born in Bulgaria to ethnic Turkish parents, he won the right to emigrate to Turkey and become a citizen of, and to compete for, that nation. Cause of death was said to have been cirrhosis of the liver, a condition frequently associated with substance abuse. According to the New York Times obituary, at one point in his life Naim was smoking 55 cigarettes a day! This suggests a personality prone to addiction and nicotine, we know, is one of the most addictive substances known. Young people, beware!

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