Dear Members:

 
Welcome to 2017! USA Weightlifting has made a good start to the calendar year. This month we will meet in Kansas City for the 2017 Nike National Junior Championships, powered by Rouge Fitness at the Crown Center Exhibit Hall. Aside from outstanding KC barbeque, there is a great line up of athletes competing. You can catch it all live and free at www.usaweightlifting.org. 

In January, we gained a World Record holder when 3-time Olympian Cheryl Haworth was credited with the Youth World Record in Snatch at the new +90kg category. Her snatch from the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games (where she took home the Bronze Medal) has not been exceeded by any athletes in the 17 years since. Congratulations Cheryl! Cheryl is now Coach Haworth, and was last seen in action coaching at the 2016 American Open in Orlando, Florida.
 
Away from the platform, our performance team has begun work on our Individual Performance Plan (IPP) programs. They are working with our elite athletes and their personal coaches to assist with their plan and how USA Weightlifting can support them this year in achieving the goals we jointly hold. Our performance team also presented to the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) on our performance update. Feedback from the USOC on their presentation was excellent, and we hope to have some more information to report on this subject later on in February.
 
To support that, we welcome to great new partners in Renaissance Periodization, a fitness diet provider and Trifecta Nutrition, an organic food delivery business. These two sponsors provide the expertise and physical food for a limited number of our elite athletes, further reducing the burden placed on their stipend. Trifecta Nutrition will also be heavily involved in Anaheim at the 2017 IWF World Championships in their home state of California. These resources will be used as part of the Individual Performance Plans (IPP), and in each case we have one athlete already benefiting from these services within days of signing the agreements with each business. Finally, Trifecta will also be supplying the referees who work so hard at our National events with some exceptionally high quality food. We also welcomed BarBend.com as our official media partner, and several new vendor booth exhibitors.

Our team is beginning to come together, at the start of the year Pedro Meloni joined us to lead our Events. Pedro was previously the Competition Manager for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and Paralympic Games. Our new Coaching Education Manager, Tamas Feher, also joined us. Tamas has already visited two Weightlifting & Sports Performance Coaching Courses in Indianapolis with Coach Mark Cannella and in Tampa with Coach Daniel Camargo. Tamas is already at work putting together his vision for our program. I cannot go on without recognizing the enormous work that has been put forth on the program by Michael Conroy. As Conroy goes into retirement, he will continue to assist Tamas with his integration and to work with USA Weightlifting as a coaching course instructor. Conroy’s contribution to our organization goes well beyond the figures, he has been a huge part of this team for this past 4 years. While Conroy works from his home in Idaho, his presence will be missed every day. 
 
Speaking of coaching education, our number of coaching course participants is significantly up in January 2017 vs the same month last year. Thank you members!
 
We also were informed by the USOC that Weightlifting was in the Top 8 visited Olympic sites in 2016. That happened because you, the member, spreads the word, makes donations, and becomes an ambassador for the sport. Please keep doing that, encourage your friends to go to the gym, take a work out and try the two Weightlifting movements.

This month we also began work on a joint online course with the United States Olympic Committee, while similar projects are in line with USA Football and USA Track and Field. Our friends at USA Gymnastics have also been kind enough to open their doors to us at events so we can expose Gymnastics athletes to our great sport. Thank you, friends, for working together for the good of Team USA.
 
Finally, this month will bring some exciting news in regard to athlete recruitment. Watch this space and we’ll have some news for you.



Phil Andrews
Phil.Andrews@USAWeightlifting.org

January 2017:
Number of members: 26,818
Unique visitors to USAWeightlifting.org in January: 57,403
Funds raised in January: $953.60
Coaching Course participants: 356
LWC Referees: 2,465