Natural Athlete Strength Association

Athlete of the Year Nominations


NASA's Athlete of the Year Awards are very special honors placed on the winners each year for their outstanding lifting accomplishments along with their contribution to NASA and the Sport of Powerlifting. Outside of lifting ability things that are counted are Loyalty to the Organization, Fellowship within the Organization and Contribution of time and efforts to other lifters and the Organization. Many lifters, and people in general, are only concerned about what they can get for themselves from every situation they encounter. They could care less about anyone or anything unless it can directly benefit them!!  NASA has always been an organization that has put special emphasis on the word "Others". What we can do for "Others". That's why we have always had a strong following of family and religious oriented lifters. It's one thing to be a great lifter, but when you have spent your entire lifting career just doing for yourself the top can be a very lonely place. On the other hand, when you have climbed to greatness and helped others along the way, you have many who will share the honor and reward with you. Many times a World or National Champion Lifter has won  the Gold, only to have no one to share the victory with- a very shallow victory indeed.

NASA can assure us, that by becoming a Nominee for one of these Top Honor's we have amassed a great accomplishment indeed. Selection as one of the very best nationwide is a great honor, not merely for being an Outstanding Lifter , but also for being recognized by others for our lifting abilities and our sharing, caring and loyalty. Sharing, Caring and Loyalty- the backbone of any good relationship, the foundation of a great marriage and the warmth felt deep inside your chest when you do it. All of us need to try doing a little bit more for "Others". This sense of warmth and well being will fill your heart and sole and will spread like an epidemic throughout an organization and will manifest itself in all others that encounter it. This is what NASA, as a Powerlifting Organization, can offer you as a human being, as well as a Lifter. NASA believes in doing for Others. We believe in family values, that a man's word should be good until proven otherwise and that Loyalty, not only to our Organization but to Family, Friends and God, is the mirror of one's on inner self.

In NASA we think "We" not "Me".

The Lifters that are Nominated here are an example of Lifting Ability, Honor, Respect, Loyalty and above all they are held in the highest esteem by their fellow lifters. These are truely the Highest Awards an organization can bestow one of its members. These lifters were chosen nationwide and from our entire NASA Membership. The Over-All Athlete of the Year will receive a Beautiful Large Plaque, Lifetime NASA Membership, and one Free Entry in Every NASA Meet for Life! All Division Winners will receive Plaques, Runners-Up will receive Certificates at the National Awards Banquet on Saturday, February 28th, 7:30 p.m. at the Natural Nationals in Oklahoma City. Banquet Tickets are $16.95 each and include ALL YOU CAN EAT Buffet. The Fellowship is Priceless. This is a Totally Non-Profit Banquet. Tickets can be purchased until 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 28th at the Natural Nationals. Be There!!!

Congratulations to All of our Nominee's!!!


Index to Award Nominee's

Family of the Year  | Female Referee  | Male Referee  | Top Meet Assistant  | Coach of the Year  |

Youth Lifter of Year  | Women's Division Nominee's  | Men's Nominee's |


1997 Men's and Women's Winners

Over-All NASA Athlete of the Year 1997



NASA Female Athlete of the Year

Erin Maxwell, IL.


Co-Male Athlete's of the Year

Mark Woodworth, OH.


Men's Nominee's - Winners in Red


Mark Woodworth- OH.

Mike Ewoldsen- IA.

Danny Gill- IL.

Travis Dunlap- TN.

Terry Perkins- OH.


Dave Gonzales- CO.

Robert Falconi- IL.

John Hoffman- TX.

Monterio Woodson- VA.

Brian Broussard- MS.

Sub Masters-2

Glen Murphy- MD.

Jeff Capps- TX. 

Dick Cordial- OH.

Greg Zwieg- IL.

High School

Travis Huff- OK.

Brian Mann- MO.

Justin Mansfield- TX.

Masters Pure

Tom Weeks- N.H.

Tom Tinsman- AR.

Donnie Cole- TX.

Youth Lifter

Mitch Gill- IL.


Steve Goldberg- AZ.

Mike Scheffler- TX.

Jason McCartney- KY.

Pure Novice

David Anguish- KY.

Chris Billings- TX.

Steve Ramage- TX.


Andy Lake- IL.

Jeremy McAlister- OK.

Danny Brown- IL.

Sub Masters-1

Tony Saunders- MA.

Ed Ellis- N.C.

David Oyler- IL.

Peter Jackson- KS.


Steve Anderson- UT.

Mike Sweiter- IA.

John Marshall- AZ.

Brian Lane- IL.


Joe McDermott- MI

Bill Johnson- TX.

James Hodges- AR.

Jim Duree- KS.


Shelby Jones- TX.

Bill Lobins- TX.

Terry Wright- IA.

Woody Ussery- GA.

Hugh Kirby- GA.

Coach of the Year

David Anguish- KY.

Lyndol Smith- IL.

Jim McDermott- CO.

Jeff Capps- Tx

Mike Licciardi- FL.


Fred Mullin- TX.

Daryl Johnson- AR.

Jack Twet- WI.

Harry Rome- OH.

Mike Stainbrook- AZ.


Male Referee of the Year

Donnie Cole- TX.

Eddie Payne- N.C.  

Daryl Johnson- AR.

Steve Wisnieski- TX.

Mark Woodworth- OH.


Female Referee of the Year

Mary Silvani- OH.

Mable Smith- IL.

Nikki Putnam- AR.

Erin Maxwell- IL.

Beth Frost- IL.


Top Meet Assistant of the Year

Melissa Payne- N.C.

Lyndol Smith- IL.

Earl Evatt- AZ.

Greg Van Hoose- W.V.

Danny Gill- IL.

Jim Duree- KS.


NASA Family of the Year

The Chris and Gina Oliger Family from Indiana.

Chris, Gina, Diane, David and Matt.


Women Lifter Nominee's - Winners in Blue


Demetria Harvin- MD.

Mary Hetzel- CO.

Karen Sizemore- OH.

Pure Novice

Windy Cross- KY.

Carrol Sexton- AZ.

Mary Finch- TN.

Sub Masters 2

Cherri Gill- IL.

Robin Heldman- IN.

Nancy Nutt- W.V.


Jackie Gutierrez- CO.


Lorina Jacobs- AZ.

Masters 1

Melinda Rosenblum- AZ.

Debbie McNulty- AZ.

Women Lifter Nominee's

Sub Masters 1

Patsy Conley- IL.

Pat Casper- TX.

National Awards Banquet

Saturday, Feb. 28th, 7:30 p.m.

$16.50 ea.

Masters 2

Patty Eaton- AZ.

Kay Lamb- IL.


Erin Maxwell- IL.

Crystal Wilson- AZ.

Charity Boutte- TX.


Mandy Upton- IL.

Tammy Roland- AZ.

Kristin Smith- TX.

High School

Beth Frost- IL.

Alisha Facemire- W.V.

Roxy Bell- AR.

Masters 4

Audrey Nobbe- IL.

Masters 5

Betty Tenorio- IL.