Training, hard work and dedication paid off again for several athletes who all captured medals at a recent power lifting competition in Vancouver.
Kathy Gillert set the B.C. record in the dead lift, winning a gold medal, Peter Williams finished second and won a silver medal in the full power lifting event. Lukas Miles won gold in the power lifting event, Jaxon Vignal won a silver in his age category in power lifting, and Jason Fournier won a bronze medal in his age category in power lifting.
For some it was their first time competing. There were more than 50 competitors at the competition according to coach and Valhalla Strength and Conditioning owner Curtis Munson.
“I bring all our athletes and everyone who trains with us into a system of training, which focuses on getting strong in all areas,” Munson said. “Along the way we try to give everyone some goals, create small programs and things that they can achieve. These athletes all fell in love with the lifting and wanted to try to compete. They all blew me away. I was so proud of all of them.”
Munson himself competed last year and set the B.C. record in the bench press and the squat. He was going to compete this year, but an old injury came up and he decided to coach instead.
“Sure it was tough not competing, but I was so emotionally involved with all of them, I had as much fun if not more watching them all just tear it up,” he said. “This is a pretty cool thing for all of them. All of them have been working so hard. They come in early, stay late, work at home. It does show that if you work hard, it does pay off.”
He said lots of family and friends from the Coast were there to cheer on the Valhalla team and more than 300 people were in attendance overall.
“It’s becoming quite a large competition. The atmosphere was pretty electric. Everyone had just a great day,” he said.