I've been lifting weights since I was 13 years old, played football in high school and then two years of league football afterward. I really enjoyed lifting and during my adult years, I trained on and off but without a purpose or goal.
In 2006 when I was 40years old, I was introduced to olympic weightlifting and I really enjoyed the challenge. I trained hard and competed for 6 years in the Ontario Weightlifting Association. While I was training in early 2012 someone introduced me to powerlifting and that was quite the eyeopener. I was always training with the squat and bench press in my regular routine and the clean was so similar to the deadlift. The powerlifting training style was a natural fit for my body and I began to excel in my training. Things went so well that I decided to enter my first competition in July 2012 at the age of 46 and wow, what an entrance. I competed in bench press only in the morning and powerlifting in the afternoon and did really well. I entered the contest as a novice lifter and came out as a top ranked bench press athlete in the open catagory.
My training is four days a week and I train for about three hours at a time. The harder I train the more I seem to lift. I believe that weight training is a lifestyle and it can improve our quality of living. I believe so much in the benefits of it that I volunteer once a week to train teenagers in fitness at Reedemer Christian High School. I currently work in a christian ministry called Athletes in Action, where I connect with College and University students to share about faith in Jesus Christ, life and sports. I am also a volunteer Strength Coach at Ottawa University in the High Performance Training Center to help the athletes develope strength skills in lifting weights.
My current goal is to set an Open record of 231kg (510lbs) at the Worlds in 2020. I am about 5kg (11lbs) away, but my ultimate dream is to be in the Olympics. I'm in my early 50's, and I'm praying that powerlifting will make it to the Olympics before I peak (and no, I don't believed I have peaked yet!). I currently hold National, Commonwealth and IPF World records and to have an Olympic record would be quite an accomplishment as well.
I believe that genetics and hard work has a lot to do with lifting and this is what God made me for. Some people are born to run, some are born to swim, but I was born to lift (and especially, the bench press).