Powerlifters add more gold, records to upbeat 2011 total
7 Sonoma “Ikaika Ho’omau” team members excel at USAPL nationals
Earning gold medals with record-breaking efforts for Sonoma’s “Ikaika Ho’omau” powerlifting team at the recent USAPL National Championships over Fourth of July weekend in Costa Mesa were (from left) Martha King, Karen Parnow, Gayle Arrowood and Betsy Spaan.
It’s been another record-breaking, gold-medal-winning season for the Sonoma “Ikaika Ho’omau” Powerlifting Team, which added to its impressive list of 2011 accomplishments with the strong efforts of seven Valley powerlifters at the three-day USAPL National Championships over Fourth of July weekend in Costa Mesa.
Hoping to qualify for the IPL World Championships being held in Las Vegas in December, Sonoma’s “Ikaika Ho’omau” (strength, persistence) team-members achieved their goal at the USAPL nationals by amassing a jaw-dropping 16 American, 16 state and four world records, while claiming 10 gold and three silver medals.
Setting the tone for success at the nationals – which included the full powerlifting competiton (squat, bench press and deadlift), the national bench press championships and the national deadlift championships – for Sonoma was the standout women-foursome of Gayle Arrowood, Karen Parnow, Martha King and Betsy Spaan.
Arrowood set six Amercian/state records in the 50-to-54-year-old masters division, while capturing three gold medals, highlighted by a 255-pound deadlift, in full-meet, deadlift only and bench only.
Parnow, also competing in the 50-to-54 masters division, took home gold medals in full-meet and bench only – highlighted by a 270-pound deadlift and a 177-pound bench press – set four American/state records, and received the “best lifter award” for master women’s bench press.
King lifted in the 45-to-49 masters division and snared a full-meet gold medal, highlighted by a 231-pound deadlift, and set two American/state records.
Spaan earned an open-division full-meet gold medal, highlighted by a 275-pound deadlift; two 50-to-54 masters-division silver medals for full meet and deadlift only, and set an American/state record.
Three Sonoma men then competed and were equally impressive.
Jim Chaaban lifted in the 40-to-44-year-old masters division 242-pound weight-class and captured the bench-only gold medal at 551-pounds, which set a new world record.
Lifting in the 65-to-69-year-old masters division’s 181-pound class, Bob Kinsey earned the full-meet gold medal, highlighted by a 303-pound squat and a 355-pound deadlift.
Sonoma “Ikaika Ho’omau” founder/trainer/coach Wayne Jandoc snared the 50-to-54 masters division 242-pound weight-class gold medal and also set three world/Amercian records.
After seven competions in 2011, the Sonoma “Ikaika Ho’omau” Powerlifting Team – which trains out of Sonoma Valley Fitness, owned by sponsor Juan Zaragosa – has accumulated 35 gold and four silver medals, while setting 80 state, 49 American and four world records, and being honored with six “best lifter” awards.
Joining the recent seven Valley powerlifters in posting the 2011 successes were Patsy Wynne, Jeff Walter, Gary McKinnon and Antonio Machuca.
The Sonoma “Ikaika Ho’omau” powerlifting team is looking for sponsorship for the world championships and anyone interested in sponsoring, or for more information, contact Jandoc at 815-0116, or on the Web at email@example.com.