Monthly Archives: November 2013


JustLift at the 2013 Ontario Open



Val (Bronze), Esther (Gold), and Heather (Silver) swept the podium in the W53 Class

This past weekend, JustLift sent their largest team ever to compete at the 2013 Ontario Open at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. We had lifters, 12 in total, competing in every session. It was a long day, with the first weigh-in scheduled at 6am, and the last lifters finishing up after 9pm, and coach Greg Chin there for all 15 hours of it! We also had 3 of our coaches, Nico Winter, Nancy Kozorezova, and Heather Amundrud pass their Level 1 coaching evaluations with flying colours.

This was one of largest Open meets the Ontario Weightlifting Association has ever seen. There were over 30 athletes on the waiting list to enter the competition. The level of growth that Ontario has been experiencing in the sport of Weightlifting has been nothing short of amazing.

Just as the number of competitive athletes has increased so has the level of competition. JustLift has stepped up to the challenge and we are certainly showing that we have the potential to be one of, if not THE best club in Ontario. We took home 8 medals (3 gold, 4 silver, 1 bronze), while completely owning the podium in the W53 class. This was coupled with solid performances from our new lifters as well. Our 4 newest competitors, Val Hoang, 10 year old Mark Ositashvili, Eric Beltrami, and James Kim all went 5/6 in their very first Open competitions.

Our team experienced numerous moments that exemplify what it means to be an athlete. Whether it was Nancy fighting like a tiger to win after being sidelined for two weeks prior to the competition with an injury or Melissa bouncing back with a perfect 6/6 after a disappointing performance at the Ray Hamilton, everyone on the team grew as competitors. Growth doesn’t always come from triumph, however.

Not everyone can have a perfect meet. For Nicole, this competition didn’t go her way, but that’s the beauty of sport. It’s not always going to be easy, and you don’t always learn the most from winning. At this meet we saw just how tough Nicole could be. Like a true a fighter, Nicole remained composed throughout the entire competition despite not performing the way she’d have liked. A competitor at heart, Nicole was back in the gym promptly on Monday, determined not to repeat the experience. She embodies why we’re rapdily becoming a great team provincially, and soon, nationally.

We don’t break and we don’t quit. We train together, we compete together, we grow together. We are all committed to getting better. As a result, our victories are made greater while our failures are made weaker. Whether you’re pushing through training or grinding out of the hole in your last Clean and Jerk attempt of the meet, your team is with you. That’s what makes JustLift the team it is quickly becoming.

Esther Dalle (W53) – 53-85-138 (Gold)

Heather Amundrud (W53) – 53-74-127 (Silver)

Val Hoang (W53) – 51-70-121 (Bronze)

Nicole Duchesne (W58) – 58-x-x

Nancy Kozorezova (W63) – 64-80-144 (Gold)

Sarah McGregor (W63) – 50-62-112

Melissa Tilley (W75+) – 57-66-123 (Silver)

Mark Ositashvili (M56) – 20-29-49 (Silver)

Ian Haya (M62) – 93-115-208 (Gold)

Nico Winter (M77) – 110-146-256 (Silver)

Eric Beltrami (M94) – 90-115-205

James Kim (M94) – 85-110-195

By |November 13th, 2013|Blog, News|Comments Off on JustLift at the 2013 Ontario Open

The Moment You’ve Been (Kind of) Waiting For



We’re just as anxious as you are to resume your training. That’s why, even though there’s still much to be done, we’re going to open anyway with reduced hours. Until further notice, our hours will now be:

JustLift: 9:00am, 5:00 and 7:00pm, Monday-Friday, and 10:00am on Saturday.

JustFit: 6:00pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and 9:00am on Saturday.

JustLift Beginners: 6:00pm on Tuesday and Thursday, and 9:00am on Saturdays.

To show that we are committed to our members, all members who had active memberships before we closed up shop on Merivale can train throughout November at no additional charge. If you have any questions about your membership please don’t hesitate to ask.

We’re looking forward to seeing you back!

By |November 11th, 2013|Blog, News|Comments Off on The Moment You’ve Been (Kind of) Waiting For

Building the New JustLift



The process of building the new gym has begun!

We’ll be closed for the rest of this week, and at least half of the next. It’ll be worth it, though. We promise.

For more updates throughout the day please visit our Facebook page as we have been posting progress updates as they occur.

By |November 5th, 2013|Blog, News|Comments Off on Building the New JustLift

Continuing the Adventure



So, we’ve run into more logistical hiccups with the move than we anticipated. Unfortunately, we will have to remain closed for the remainder of this week as well. Since the last update we posted dealt with beginnings and endings, perhaps we should expand on that. Maybe it’s time to reflect?

This last year has been nothing short of an unforgettable experience. Since we started, Ian has liked to joke that we were on an adventure. I think he’s right. We used to laugh about this, but I don’t think either of us realized just how right he was. Beyond the two of us, I think we’re all on an adventure. I can’t tell you what yours is, but I can share with you what mine is.

My adventure is trying to figure out how I’m going to lead a ragtag group of crazy weightlifters to victory. It’s learning and applying as many methods as I can to the principles we employ in bringing out the best in our members. It’s been constant sacrifice in the pursuit of excellence. Fundamentally, it’s a new kind of training for me that doesn’t include a barbell secured by a hook-grip in my hands.

I said I couldn’t tell you what your adventure is because that’s something everyone makes for themselves. However, I can assure you, if we were to really sit and talk about what we were both struggling for, we’d find way more similarities than differences at the foundations of our quests. With that said, as your coach, I’m going to make you one promise.

So long as you keep going, I’ll be right behind you. If you think our gym – our community – is where you can realize the destination of your vision, then, I’m there with you. If you can find the strength to reject the temptation to give in, then, I will do the same.

When we re-open we’ll be better than we ever were before. Just as your many battles with the bar have made you tougher, smarter, and more capable, this first year has done the same for me as a coach. The next step of our adventure is awaiting us. I’m ready. Are you?

By |November 3rd, 2013|Blog, News|Comments Off on Continuing the Adventure