On December 5, the Alberta Weightlifting Association ran the 2015 Senior Provincial Championships. The competition was hosted by Reebok Crossfit Ramsay in Calgary. The Ramsay facility is fantastic, Ken Andrukow and Dylan Kranenburg have done a great job, the layout of the gym works great for weightlifting competitions. There is plenty of space in the warm up areas, as well as proper equipment. For athletes to be able to warm up on proper platforms, with kilogram plates and good bars is always ideal, there is nothing worse then warming up on rubber flooring with bars and plates that aren’t similar to the competition stage. This has quickly made CrossFit Ramsay one of Farm Strong’s favorite venues for meets.
For those that weren’t able to attend this years provincials, they were also live streamed, and if you didn’t watch from home you can go back and watched the archived footage found here.
The day was marked by some fantastic performances from Farm Strong athletes.
AJ Facendi had a amazing day going 6 for 6, lifting 51kg snatch, and 70kg CnJ, for personal bests on both lifts and total, and a silver in the 53kg division.
Amy Speed-Andrews lifted a 64kg snatch, and a 85kg personal best clean and jerk to secure 1st place in the 63kg division.
Harri Li had his best competition to date going 5 for 6 with a 92kg snatch and 122kg personal best clean and jerk.
Danny Schultz added another provincial title to his trophy case. After shaking some rust off on his 1st two attempts he rebounded well making his final snatch attempt at 118kg, then going on to clean and jerk 145, and 151 to clinch the 77kg division.
The female 63kg division ended up being an entertaining battle. Megan Lauer clinched her first provincial title lifting a personal best 66kg snatch and a 80kg clean and jerk.
Second place went to another Farm Strong lifter, up and coming Jodi Podolas in only her second competition was able to edge out veteran, and friend of Farm Strong Amy Moolyk by just 1kg. Jodi lifted a 60kg snatch and a 86kg clean and jerk which was good enough to tie Megan’s 146kg total. The tie was broken by bodyweight, which Megan then had the edge.
Our coaches last session of the day saw 3 more athletes and some more great efforts.
Lifting in 85kg division Rob Lockwood snatched 115kg, clean an jerked 145kg, then just missed the jerk after cleaning 151 to finish third, behind Glen ” Guy in the Garage ” Hutchinson. Impressively Glen has found a way to whittle his bodyweight down from the 94kg division and continue to lift big weights, despite being gaunt and skinny he snatched 126, narrowly missed a new provincial record at 130, and clean and jerked 146 for a 272kg total.
Farm Strong’s Andrew Pretty took home the 85kg gold with a huge day on the platform, lifting personal bests in the snatch, and the clean and jerk, 125, 150 for a pr total of 275kg.
Not to be out done by his team mates, the lift of the day had to go to “Jerkin” Jack Durkin. Not only did he snatch a personal best 113kg, but after he made his opening clean and jerk of 138kg, he had one thing in mind, and that was qualify for nationals, which requires a 263kg total for the 94kg lifters. Jack came out on his second attempt and punched his ticket to Richmond, lifting another pr for the day at 150kg which was a huge increase from his first attempt, and a very gutsy move, and since he had another attempt left, he went out and got another personal record clean of 153kg but just missed the jerk. He finished 4th place in a very tough 94kg weight class.
Courtesy of Jack’s youtube channel:
All in all it was a great day, Weightlifting is continuing to grow in Alberta, and the caliber of lifters has increased dramatically in the past few years, which is great to see, for a full list of the 2015 provincial results click on the link: RESULTS
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