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Board of Directors Highlights - March 27-29, 2009, Colorado Springs

April 04, 2009, 11:16 a.m. (ET)


  • The newly elected Board of Directors was provided an Orientation for Non-Profit Boards by Kae Rader, Independent Consultant.
  • Werksan has committed an additional $10,000 per year for four years for USAW's endorsement of exercise equipment.   These additional monies will be designated to youth programs, with the funds for 2009 being designated to support the 2009 Youth World Championships.
  • USAW will send as many qualified athletes as possible with funds available to compete in the 2009 Youth World Championships in Chiang Mai, Thailand, May 19-24, in order to qualify two slots per gender for the 2010 Youth Olympic Games.
  • Werksan has committed an additional $10,000 in 2009 to support the 2009 Youth World Championships.
  • CEO Search Committee plans to interview final candidates at National Championships in June.
  • Laurie Lopez has been named the Interim CEO until a permanent CEO is identified.
  • Mike Gattone, High Performance Director, will re-write the High Performance Plan with the Coaching, Education & Programs Committee providing a strong advisory role.
  • The Board pledged its support of the NMU Resident Program.
  • Bids for the 2010 National Juniors, National Collegiate Championships and National Championships will be awarded at the Annual Meeting to be held in conjunction with the 2009 National Championships in Chicago.  Going forward, events will be awarded for the following year at each national event.
  • In accordance with the bylaws, an Annual Meeting open to all USAW members will be held in conjunction with the National Championships each year.  The 2009 Annual Meeting will be held at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, June 6, location TBA.
  • LWC structure as currently exists will continue to be recognized, with the exception that there will no longer be designated LWC representation at the annual meeting.
  • Local meets will be allowed on the same weekend as a national event, with the exception of the weekend of the National Championships, as long as they are not in the same LWC and are non-competing events.  Neighboring LWCs are expected to cooperate.
  • Background checks currently required for international team and camp staff will be expanded to include personal coaches and the CEO.
  • The following Ad Hoc Committees were identified:

           -CEO Search Committee: Regis Becker, Artie Drechsler, George Greenway, Rachel Hearn-Athlete Rep.

           -Selection Criteria for International Referees: Leo Temoshenko-Chair, 4 additional people to be identified by April 7th.

           -Marketing & Volunteer Development: Rachel Hearn-Chair, minimum 2 additional people to be identified.