lights turned off on us was definitely a first for us!
Despite running a little late, thus forcing us to postpone the
announcement of the Battle on the Border Champion and hastily
completing the awards ceremony, the 2010 USAPL
Battle on the Border continues to be the best meet going today!
This year, we had close to 120 lifters from the States of North
Carolina, as well as a Unified Team consisting of athletes
traveling from Georgia, Massachusetts, Tennessee and Virginia.
Most meets of this size are completed in two days - we did it in
8 hours! With our time running out to complete the meet,
there were several awards that were not given out. Once
the results are completed and posted, I will be contacting those
lifters who should have walked out with more hardware.
Huge thanks goes out
to the volunteers that make the Battle possible:
our spotters and loaders were unbelievable and worked like a
well-oiled machine. No one was injured and the meet moved
very quickly and efficiently. The judging was once again
fair and consistent. I saw no lifts given away- lifters
definitely earned every lift awarded.
I would put our team
against any National caliber crew any day. Our scorers' table
rocked. The attempts were in and on the screen with quickness
and accuracy. There really were no technical problems through
the entire event!
Anderson Powerlifting, EO Sports/ Garage Ink, Quest Nutrition
and West Cary Barbell were all extremely generous in their
donations. We were able to provide all of our Best Lifter
award winners with equipment in addition to their trophies. The Dowd YMCA
continues to be a
fantastic venue to hold a competition.
I would also
like to thank John Demchak, as well as Jennifer and Donovan Thompson,
who once again brought in their equipment for the meet. It
is truly a privilege to lift on the same equipment that National
and World Competitions utilize.
would like to thank all of the lifters who came out to compete
at our meet. With your support, the Battle on the Border
has grown larger than I could ever have imagined and it is my
hope that lifters enjoy the experience of competing at a high
level. Powerlifting in the Carolinas and surrounding states has
come a long way in the last 5 or 6 years, and we hope to
continue that standard of competition in the future.
The final roster has
been updated and photos from the meet
are up and ready to view. If anyone has additional
pictures that you would like to submit, please send me an email
and I will get them up on the site. Look for the results
to be completed within the next day or so, along with the
announcement of the Battle on the Border State Champion!
I would like to
apologize for any confusion or inconvenience that may have
occurred due to the brevity of the awards ceremony. After
reflection on how to improve the event for next year, we will
limit the number of lifters to the first 100 registered.
Although it has always been my intention to never turn lifters
away in order to encourage the growth of our sport, it is
increasingly more difficult to find volunteers for such large
event and even more so to keep the our meet's completion within
a reasonable time frame. Hopefully, the outstanding
lifting and spirit of the day's competition will be the
prevailing thought in everyone's memories. Please email me
with any suggestions or comments regarding the meet.