from USA Powerlifting Online Newsletter :
Ruth Welding began her powerlifting career in 1978 and since 1979 has competed at each nationals since, missing only 2 years. In the past 25 years, she has competed in IPF Open Women's World Championships, worked her way up and earned her IPF CAT 1 Referee endorsement, been an active member of the women's committee since its inception with the ADFPA. Her attention to detail and always looking out for the lifter is constant. Ruth competes in multiple sports and is one of the few lifters that has been around since the beginning and still competes. Her dedication to herself, all lifters and the sport is an inspiration to all of us.