Local powerlifters perform well in Texas
Robyn Pearce got a taste of a junior world powerlifting championship when it came to Moose Jaw two years ago.
The 21-year-old got to experience worlds on a whole other level last week when she competed for the first time in Killeen, Texas.
“I went into it pretty excited. I had been to the one in Moose Jaw because I had been working at it. So I had experienced that side of it, but as a lifter it was completely different. The environment is so much more intense and exciting,” said Pearce after she competed at the International Powerlifting Federation’s Sub-Junior and Junior World Championships from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1.
“You get into little fights for positioning with other lifters from other countries. Then later on you see that other lifter and can hardly to speak to each other because of the difference in languages, but you get across: ‘good job. It was fun competing against you,’” she added. “The environment was my favourite part of it.”
The sub-junior and junior world even drew approximately 180 athletes from 24 countries.
“It was absolutely incredible. It was a once-in-a-lifetime kind of thing,” said Pearce who began lifting nearly two years ago.
Pearce is a Vanier graduate and she and Stephen Price both went to junior worlds after training in Moose Jaw this summer. They are both living in Saskatoon where Pearce attends university and Price works as a welder.
Pearce finished ninth in the junior women’s 57 kg category. She had a 322.5 kg total after squatting 127.5 kg, bench pressing 72.5 kg and deadlifting 122.5 kg.
“I hit personal best in every one of my lifts. It was very satisfying,” said Pearce. “I had a disappointing meet at the nationals prior to worlds. I was just grateful that I still got onto Team Canada to go to worlds.
“I went in with the mentality that I didn’t want to worry about everyone else on the world stage because they are so far ahead of me, but I wanted to focus on my lifting and wherever I placed, I placed. It turned out so well and I was so pleased. I couldn’t have asked for anything better.”
Price started lifting five years ago in his hometown of St. John’s, Nfld. in a shed in his backyard with three other friends. From those humble beginnings he finished seventh overall in the 66 kg junior men’s category.
Price had a squat of 247.5 kg, a bench press of 127.5 kg and a deadlift of 225 kg. His total was 600 kg. The deadlift tied a personal best, while the other two lifts and his total were also personal bests.
Next year’s junior worlds are in Hungary, but in two years — in their final year of eligibility — the worlds are in Prague, Czech Republic.
“In 2015, it’s our last year as juniors. Even at this worlds we were saying: ‘I can’t wait until next time. I’m going to work as hard as I can over the next two years,’” said Pearce.