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Posted By: Larry "Iron" Smith
Date: Saturday, 24 December 2005, at 8:39 a.m.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
While we may all have our own individual thoughts about what may be best for our sport, we probably have more in common than we differ.
I might suggest some of the values we do share might include the following for drug free powerlifting:
1. That all athletes that compete in any drug free federation(s) truly follow the principles of training and competing drug free. And that we still treat our "non tested" fellow athletes with dignity, compassion, and but respectfully demand they stay out of our meets but have great success in their own.
2. That the spirit of good sportsmanship guide how we conduct ourself on and off the lifting platform.
3. That we respect and support each other and if at times we do disagree, that we express those differences in a civil and responsible manner, that may build bridges, cooperation, and conflict resolution, than tear us further apart.
4. That we as members of our respective federation(s) pay back the sport by contributing what we are able in time and effort to improve the functioning and operation of our organization(s).
5. That we expect our federation(s) Officials, Meet Directors, Referees, and assorted support personal to perform their duties with integrity, honor, fairness, and genuine love of our sport. And that they in-turn receive back our loyalty, support, and assistance as we are able and are capable.
6. That the rules of competition are fairly applied in a consistent, fair, and equable manner as possible. That any athlete whether beginner or elite be all treated in the same respectful and responsible manner.
7. That we as athletes conduct ourselves in a manner that reflects in a positive light on our federation(s), the sport, and ourselves so as to be good ambassadors and role models for youth (of all ages) to be attracted to and join our sport.
8. That no matter if we are finally accepted in full participation in the Olympics or not, that we still uphold and carry forward the Olympic principles of fair play, brother/sisterhood of all Nations, and build towards world peace and cooperation through our sport
9. That we train and compete with true effort, vigor, and healthy competitiveness that brings out the best in ourselves and each other.
10. That when all is said and done, and when the chalk dust settles, that no matter the trophies we may or may not win, that in the final analyses, we have developed great friends, had great times, and lived long and rewarding lives on or off the platform.
God bless each and everyone one of you this New Year and every year. Keep hammering!
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