South West LiftOff Low Down
October 14th was Elite Barbell Club’s first hosted meet. Over thirty athletes competed, three sessions were ran, and there was sunshine all day. Our volunteers met a Bristol Brewing just after 6am, four warmup platforms were set up with weights, the competition platform was constructed, tents were put up for the athletes, and tech was available for the coaches and audience to stay current with the flow of the meet. Elite Barbell had ten athletes lifting, seven of these athletes had never competed in Olympic Weightlifting prior to this meet. Nick Kreps, Haley Vanaman, and Linsey Loesel were the three veteran lifters. Nick PRed his snatch by 6 kilos, his jerk by 7k, and his total by 13k. Nick made all six lifts he performed on the platform. Haley PRed her snatch by 11k and her total by 10k. Lindsey PRed her snatch by 4k and her total by 3k.
Beka Ader has been working hard and lifting with Elite Barbell for about 6months. Beka went five for six hitting a total of 116k. Mark Knight is 19 and moved to the springs recently for Personal Training School. He hit a 217k total taking second in the men’s division. This meet also qualified him for Junior Nationals which will be in Spokane, Washington in February. Ricardo Malta took third in this meet. He made a 198k total and going six for six. Jazz Moler is a very competitive Crossfit athlete, she went three for six hitting a 140k total. Jenn Ridler is a very new athlete with Elite
Barbell and has been working on ankle mobility after an injury. She went six for six and completed a 123 total. Laura Skalaski moved from New York with her fiancé and after beginning at 719 was added to the Elite Barbell Team. She hit a 169 total and had the best singlet on the team. Clarissa Vawter has three kiddos and is getting new to the Elite Barbell Team. She made all six lifts and completed a total of 71k.
There are so many people who helped with the LiftOff that made it possible. A HUGE thank you to Ben and Sarah Wells for setting up all the technical stuff and being available all day to help the meet run smoothly. Ben had iPads for the coaches and athletes to count the cards, several tvs to keep our audience and loaders stay up to speed, live feeds on Facebook, and a great system to keep the judges, loaders, and cards organized.
Kiersten and Kayla Clowes did a fantastic job taking pictures of the athletes. They put together an amazing video of the day and the pictures they took were outstanding!
Thank you’s also go to our loaders and judges! Our loaders did a great job keeping the platform clean and ready for the lifters. The judges worked hard all day to keep the lifters moving through and make sure the meet was running smoothly.
We also give a big thank you to everyone who helped set up and tear down. We used all the help and were so glad that you all showed up to help move weights, platforms, barbell, chairs, and so many other little pieces.
Finally, a thank you to our amazing coaches Mychael and Devon. They worked hard loading bars and getting PRs for everyone who competed!
The South West LiftOff was a great meet and are so pleased with how the day ran. We hope that you all sign up or come out to support our athletes again next year!