Truman's Strongest Compete for Weightlifting Title

Story Number: NNS090703-25Release Date: 7/3/2009 12:51:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist Seaman David Finley, USS Harry S. Truman Public Affairs

USS HARRY S. TRUMAN, At Sea (NNS) -- Sailors and Marines aboard USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) competed in a weightlifting competition in the ship's mezzanine gym June 28.

The contest was the first of its kind sponsored by the ship's morale, welfare and recreation (MWR) office since Truman's gyms was refurbished.

"A lot people spend time in the gym," said Electrician's Mate 3rd Class Robert Vera, an MWR representative aboard Truman. "That's their hobby. Some people have video games, so we have video competitions. Some people have weightlifting, so to accommodate for everyone, we have weightlifting competitions. We have competitions just like out in town."

The competition featured four events: bench press, squat, dead lift and viper. Plaques were awarded to the overall strongman, top bench press and best male and female viper performance. The females competed only in the viper event.

"I attended today's event to boost participation aboard the ship as far as the MWR," said Aviation Support Equipment Technician 1st Class (AW/SW) Jeremiah J. Jones. "They do a great job of putting out different events for us Sailors on board the ship. I thought it was a good time for me to come out and show my stuff for the competition."

The overall strongman award and title of strongest man on the ship went to Lance Cpl. Joshua Cole with a bench press of 275 lbs., squat of 405 lbs. and deadlift of 365 lbs.

The contest was scored based on dividing the weight of the contestant by the weight lifted, and the highest score from that equation won the contest.

The bench press award went to Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Tristan Lee with a weight of 275 lbs., while the viper awards went to Aviation Boatswain's Mate [Handling] 2nd Class Stephen Miller and Aviation Ordnanceman Airman Apprentice Mellisa Maiden.

"It's a good morale booster what MWR does for us on the ship," said Jones. "It definitely brings the crew together and it keeps us as one unit."

The competition offered Sailors and Marines a chance to take their minds off of work with a healthy competition.

"It's a definite stress reliever from the day being [leading petty officer] of a division of 45 people," said Jones. "It gives me stress relief and promotes a healthy lifestyle."

MWR offers a variety of events for Sailors and Marines during underway periods.

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