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Ronald Mann

Hi everyone

Having been a 'silent' member of this forum for quite some time now,as I've finally got around to responding to a post then I guess it's about time that I introduced myself - so here goes.

My name is Ron Mann and I live in the city of Palmerston North in New Zealand.I began training with weights back in 1956 at the age of seventeen,commenced Olympic lifting a year later as a competitor for about twelve years and since then have been involved as a referee,coach,and statistician at various times of my life.I lived in a small rural area when I purchased my first set of weights in 1956,and trained at home with an ordinary exercise bar until I moved to the city about nine years later.

I have experimented with many different training methods and routines through the years,and still train in my garage gym at home on a regular basis.I qualified as a National level referee in both weightlifting and powerlifting way back in 1968 and also as a Category Two IWF referee in 1975.What 'knowledge' I've acquired through the years has come mainly from watching lifters in action,talking with and listening to other coaches,lifters,etc; and reading everything that I could possibly obtain about the sport.During the past few years I've also found a 'wealth' of information on the Internet,and am a member of and have posted on a regular basis on two other websites.In addition,I correspond personally with several members of these sites.

I look forward to exchanging views and information with other members of this forum.My regards and best wishes to all.

Ron Mann

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Joe Roark

Ron,

I have noticed you online and wondered about your background- so thank you, and welcome!

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carl linich

Welcome Ron, I started lifting in 1951; you're from the same era. :)Enjoy the forum.

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David Harrington

Hello Ron, welcome to the forum! I have heard that Precious McKenzie is something of a celebrity in New Zealand. Is this true? I was wondering if you knew how Precious was doing?

---David

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Ron,

I have noticed you online and wondered about your background- so thank you, and welcome!

Hi Joe

Thanks for your welcome. Sorry about the 'screwup',I fully intended to post my introduction in the 'please introduce yourself'' thread,but tapped the incorrect button and realised my mistake too late :o

Hi Dave and Carl

Thanks also to you both for your welcomes

Regards

Ron Mann

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Hello Ron, welcome to the forum! I have heard that Precious McKenzie is something of a celebrity in New Zealand. Is this true? I was wondering if you knew how Precious was doing?

---David

Hi David

Precious emigrated to New Zealand in the mid-1970's and was featured in various TV ads for quite a number of years.I saw him compete in both weightlifting and powerlifting events on several occasions,and my wife and I travelled to the 1980 World Champs in Arlington,Texas;where he won his last open world title.

Unfortunately,I've lost contact with Precious during the years,the last time that I met with him being at the 1990 Commonwealth Games in Auckland,where he presented the medals for the 52kg division.I believe that he is still active in Masters competitions at World level in both sports.

Regards

Ron Mann

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Tom Ryan

Welcome, Ron. I've been to Palmerston North as I gave one of the two keynote addresses at the annual Operations Research Society of New Zealand/New Zealand Statistical Association joint conference at Massey University during August 25-26, 1994. Nice scenery there.

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Welcome, Ron. I've been to Palmerston North as I gave one of the two keynote addresses at the annual Operations Research Society of New Zealand/New Zealand Statistical Association joint conference at Massey University during August 25-26, 1994. Nice scenery there.

Hi Tom

Thanks very much for your welcome.BTW,I'm curious,did you have an opportunity to see any other scenic areas of New Zealand during your 1994 visit to Palmerston North?.

Hi Tim

Thanks also for your welcome - I look forward to sharing information and opinions with you in the future.

Regards

Ron Mann

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Robert Forbes

Welcome to the site Ron

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Welcome to the site Ron

Hi Robert

Thanks for your welcome - I look forward to sharing information and opinions with you in the future.

Regards

Ron Mann

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Tom Ryan

Ron,

I also spoke at the University of Auckland during that trip and did see some beautiful scenery from the plane, in addition to the scenery in and around Massey University. I liked the area although of course it is a bit windy. During my trip I met a faculty member (don't recall the name of the university) who was originally from the states (Missouri). He said he did not expect to ever return to this country, so he obviously liked it there.

Tom

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Jeff Roark

Ron,

Are you the lifter who was trying to break Saxons bent press record? Your name sounds familiar to me and for some reason I attached you to this thought in my head. I may be way off base here...as I told Joe I am here to learn.

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Ron,

Are you the lifter who was trying to break Saxons bent press record? Your name sounds familiar to me and for some reason I attached you to this thought in my head. I may be way off base here...as I told Joe I am here to learn.

Hi Jeff

I wish :D Sorry Jeff,but I'm afraid that you're a loooong way off base here,my friend.

Actually,I've been a member of the "Old School" forum for several years now (under the pseudonym of 'Old Olympic Lifter') and I shared several posts about the bent press with 'Champ8X',a guy who back in the mid-1970's was training hard to break Saxon's record - maybe this is who you're thinking of ?. 'Champ' apparently made around 320lbs (face value) in training at the time,but he eventually abandoned his quest,due possibly,I believe,to injury problems.

'Champ' also 'specialised' on the OH press during the early 1970's,while he was training in Tennessee for a while with the 'legendary' Bob Simpson - nowadays he's a sports coach at a school in Virginia,although I haven't heard from him for quite some time now :(

Regards

Ron Mann

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Jeff Roark

Ron,

Well I wasn't too far off! I connected your name to Champ8x somehow but wasn't sure. Whats was Champ8xs real name if you know? Also welcome aboard!

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Ron,

Well I wasn't too far off! I connected your name to Champ8x somehow but wasn't sure. Whats was Champ8xs real name if you know? Also welcome aboard!

Hi Jeff

Thanks for your welcome.

Concerning 'Champ8X',he gave me his real name in confidence and as he's never used it on the "Old School"forum,I'm not entirely sure if he'd wish me to reveal it.I've emailed him concerning this - unfortunately however I can't guarantee an answer,as I've had no replies from him so far to my messages this year and I have no other means of contacting him :(

Regards

Ron Mann

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