Weightlifter hopes to keep watching records fall

Saanich man going for gold at Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships

Don Lovell makes a 182.5-kilogram deadlift at the 2015 provincial championships. Lovell’s183-kg deadlift at the North American Powerlifting Championships in Moose Jaw in 2015 set an NAPF record for 66-kg Masters 3 Equipped.

Don Lovell tends to stand out at weightlifting competitions.

“There’s not so many people that are 145 pounds who are weightlifting. When I stand in a group, I don’t look like the weightlifter,” said the 64-year-old Saanich man.

But Lovell’s stature is the only thing that makes him stand out, it’s also his technique that’s brought him numerous championships along with provincial, national and North American lift records.

“My best lift is the deadlift and I have the national record at 183 kilos [403 pounds],” said Lovell, adding he holds the record for both Masters 3 (age 60 to 69) as well as Masters 2 (50 to 59) for the under 66-kilo weight class.

“I say my advantage is that I’m light.”

Lovell hopes to use that advantage when he competes at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships, Dec. 1 to 6 at the Richmond Olympic Oval.

Lovell will be competing Dec. 3 and 5 in the squat, bench and deadlift categories at the Commonwealth Championships that will feature more than 550 competitors from 15 nations.

“This is the largest power lifting event ever held in Canada.”

Lovell has been active in the sport since 2008, seeing it gain in popularity as a result of the cross-fit training aspect.

“I did a lot of martial arts and biking. I had a knee injury from martial arts and I got into weightlifting to help strengthen joints and for recovery,” he said.

Lovell credits his instructor Rick Fayad for his success in the sport, and encouraging him and his wife Charmaine to take part in their first competition back in 2008.

“Back in 2008 when [Charmaine] lifted, she was the only woman who competed at that event. Now the sport has really taken off with cross-fit and they regularly have 20 or more women lifters.”

Lovell said he enjoys the individual aspect of the sport and the friendly competition and support you receive from other lifters.

“Because you can see improvement, it keeps you going back to the gym,” he said. “It’s an exercise that can be done throughout your lifetime.”

And Lovell has no intention of giving up the sport anytime soon, pointing out there is a Masters 4 category for ages 70 and above.

“I’d like to [eventually compete in the Masters 4 category]. There’s more records to try and set,” Lovell says with a laugh.

 

editor@saanichnews.com

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

French fries to juicy tomatoes, rock art brings joy to walkers in Victoria

James Bay yard filled with painted rocks delights all ages

‘Depression-era’ unemployment figures could hit Greater Victoria

South Island Prosperity Project launches new dashboard to measure effects of COVID-19

Langford bartender hosts singalong livestream for seniors

Live Senior Singalong takes place daily at 1 p.m. on Facebook

Langford woman frustrated over visitor restrictions to see 96-year-old mother

Island Health to introduce virtual visits at long-term care facilities

Shot fired through young family’s home in Victoria, man in custody

No injuries reported from incident in 1200-block of Yates Street

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world in ways that would have… Continue reading

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

82% of all test-positive COVID-19 cases in B.C. have recovered

B.C. had 303 active cases as of Saturday, May 23

Most Read