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OWA Hybrid Club Competition #2 at JustLift Start List

The start list for the OWA Hybrid Club Competition #2 at JustLift is now available. You can download it here:

OWA Hybrid Club Comptition #2 at JustLift Start List

Come to JustLift this Saturday, January 17th, 2015 to see some heavy weights get tossed around! Weigh-in for the first session will be at 9am, with the first lifters starting at 11am! Spectators, make sure you’re there for the presentation of athletes at 10:45am! The last session will start at 3pm, and things will finish up around 5pm. Get ready for another full day of heavy lifting!

This time around, we have 35 lifters registered from all over the National Capital Region. We continue to see growth in this sport in the area, with quite a few new lifters on the list. The talent pool is getting deeper and we expect to see big things from Ottawa’s athletes in the future on the Provincial and National scene.

The Hybrid Club Competition series is a new initiative by the Ontario Weightlifting Association for the purpose of developing the sport at the grassroots level. This is the second time JustLift has acted as a host and invited other developing clubs to join us. The first of the series was back in November, and we look forward to more in the future!

By |January 11th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on OWA Hybrid Club Competition #2 at JustLift Start List

Stay Warm With JustLift – New Team Gear Available

Yes, it’s cold out there! Winter started out a bit mild, but it’s been pretty darn chilly lately! Luckily, we have some new JustLift team gear available to help keep you warm!

New JustLift toques are currently available at the gym, $25 each. Pick yours up now! A great way to keep your head warm and represent JustLift this winter!

justlift_toque2015

We’ll also putting in an order for JustLift Team Warmup Fleece Jackets! These are great for training to get the blood flowing before getting down to some serious lifting, and letting everyone at meets know that you JustLift! You can reserve yours online now using the following signup:

 

Final price will be $75-80, depending on how many we get. We don’t plan on getting extra, so reserve ($60 deposit, balance due at delivery) yours now!  We’ll be taking reservations up until Jan 17th, and will be submitting the order that weekend. That’ll get them to us the first week of February, just in time for Winterlift!

Stay warm, lift heavy!

By |January 8th, 2015|Blog, News|Comments Off on Stay Warm With JustLift – New Team Gear Available

Happy Holidays from JustLift – Holiday Schedule

Happy Holidays from JustLift! Our hours of operation will change slightly next week.

Dec. 22 – Mon. – 9am – 9pm
Dec. 23 – Tues. – 9am – 9pm
Dec. 24 – Wed. – 9am – 12pm
Dec. 25 – Thurs. – Closed
Dec. 26 – Fri. – Closed
Dec. 27 – Sat. – 9am – 12pm
Dec. 29 – Mon. – 9am – 9pm
Dec. 30 – Tues. – 9am – 9pm
Dec. 31 – Wed. – 9am – 12 pm
Jan. 1 – Thurs. – Closed

Everything goes back to normal on Friday, the 2nd!

By |December 21st, 2014|News|Comments Off on Happy Holidays from JustLift – Holiday Schedule

OWA Hybrid Club Competition #2 at JustLift

It’s time for the second OWA Hybrid Club Competition and JustLift will again be taking part and inviting all other OWA clubs to join us that need a venue with officials. This competition is open to all registered OWA clubs and their registered lifters. Each club is responsible for registering their team of lifters with the OWA separately.

Registration forms and additional information are available here:
http://www.onweightlifting.ca/#!hybrid-club-competitions/c3zm

If you’d like to bring your team to conduct the competition with us, we’ll need a list of your lifters no later than Jan 10! Please include the lifter’s full name, YOB, and weight category. Guest clubs are responsible for separate team registration fees payable to the OWA.

Registration Fees Payable to JustLift:
JustLift Members: $10/athlete
Non-Member: $25/athlete

There will be a full team of officials so that lifters will be able to qualify for the Ontario Provincial Championships.

The results of each team’s best 10 lifters will be used to determine a team winner across all participating clubs at multiple locations across Ontario. Lifters will be ranked according to their age and bodyweight categories. A progressive scoring system that awards greater points to the younger age categories will be used. This is to encourage the participation of younger lifters without precluding other age groups. There is no limit to the number of athletes per team. The winning team will receive a prize for their club from the OWA.

Cumulative points will be kept for the entirety of the Hybrid Competitive season and a banner will be awarded to the top scoring team.

Age groups contested are:

Juvenille (15 and under, born 2000 or later)

Youth (17 and under, born 1998 or later)

Junior (20 and under, born 1995 or later)

Senior/Master (20+, born 1994 or earlier)

IWF rules dictate that age groups are determined by Year of Birth only, for example, anyone born in 1995 is a Junior for 2015 and becomes a Senior on Jan 1, 2016, regardless of their Date of Birth.

The additional Juvenille/Youth Bodyweight categories will also be contested (M44, M50, M94+, W44, W69+).

This competition is not subject to doping control.

By |December 16th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on OWA Hybrid Club Competition #2 at JustLift

Temporary Schedule Changes This Week

This past Sunday, Coach Greg’s grandmother passed away. As such, he will be absent for the remainder of the week, and this means some temporary schedule changes.

For the remainder of the week:
– There will be no Open Gym after today for the rest of the week.
– There will be no morning classes on Wednesday, the 26th.
– Late Afternoon/Evening classes will proceed as normal, coached by Cierra, Julia, Nico, and Ian. Were playing this one by ear, and as personal schedules allow.

If you have any questions about this week’s schedule please do not hesitate to email us via info@justlift.ca

By |November 25th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Temporary Schedule Changes This Week

OWA Hybrid Club Competition at JustLift Start List

Download the Start List for the first OWA Hybrid Club Competition at JustLift!

Weigh-in for the first session will be at 9am, with the first lifters starting at 11am! Spectators, make sure you’re there for the presentation of athletes at 10:45am! Things should wrap up shortly after 4pm. Looks like it will be a pretty full day of lifting!

If you take a look at the start list, you will see we have lifters from 4 different clubs in the area, JustLift (that’s us!), Cornwall Weightlifting Club, Ottawa Elite, and Physics Elite. We currently have 33 registered lifters, aged 10-40 across almost every weight category! It should be a great time!

JustLift Level 2 lifters not competing in the Hybrid Club Competition can train from 8am-10am. JustFit and JustLift Level 1 are still at 9am.

By |November 18th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on OWA Hybrid Club Competition at JustLift Start List

OWA Hybrid Club Competition at JustLift Update

Registration with the OWA for the upcoming Hybrid Club Competition has been extended to this Tuesday, Nov 18.

Clarification: If you plan on doing this competition at JustLift, you need to ensure the following:
You are a registered member with the OWA.
Your club is a registered club with the OWA.
Each club needs to submit a team registration with the OWA and pay $10 + $6/athlete.

ADDITIONALLY, we (JustLift) need to have a list of your lifters (e-mail ian@justlift.ca), with YOB and category information, as the OWA registration is not sent to us. These are the names that I have as of noon today. Anyone that is not a regular member of JustLift will need to pay $24 to JustLift.

Virtue, Maleeka
Amundrud, Heather
Dalle, Esther
Snipper, Sarah
Hoang, Valerie
Meldrum, Stefanie
Hoang, Valerie
Suprovich, Sheila
Sergenese, Abigail
Siegel, Adia
Jurchuk, Abby
Robitaille, Jeanne
Moise, Emilie
Boggia, Julia
Smith-Crowl, Chantal
Botticelli, Alysha
Berry, Noah
Haya, Ian
Orzech, Lewis
Lamothe, Patrick
Lucas, Josh
Hrabowsky, Zenon
Marino, Zachary
Jameson, Austin
Francis, Andrew
Spreg, Aaron
Haspect, Greg
Malone, Doug
Jaeck, Devon

By |November 16th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on OWA Hybrid Club Competition at JustLift Update

OWA Hybrid Club Competition at JustLift

JustLift is proud to be a host for the first Ontario Weightlifting Hybrid Club Competition. This competition is open to all registered OWA clubs and their registered lifters. Each club is responsible for registering their team of lifters with the OWA separately.

Registration forms and additional information are available here:
http://www.onweightlifting.ca/#!hybrid-club-competitions/c3zm

Clubs and Athletes are responsible for separate fees payable to the OWA ($10 per club, and $6 per athlete)

If you’d like to bring your team to conduct the competition with us, we’ll need a list of your lifters! After you’ve registered your team with the OWA, send your team list to Ian (ian@justlift.ca).

Registration Fees Payable to JustLift:

JustLift Members: $6/athlete (sign up and pay by Fri. Nov 14th at the front desk)
Non-Member: $24/athlete (visiting clubs, collect this fee from your athletes and pay JustLift at the meet)

There will be a full team of officials so that lifters will be able to qualify for Winterlift and the Ontario Provincial Championships.

The results of each team’s best 10 lifters will be used to determine a team winner across all participating clubs at multiple locations across Ontario. Lifters will be ranked according to their age and bodyweight categories. A progressive scoring system that awards greater points to the younger age categories will be used. This is to encourage the participation of younger lifters without precluding other age groups. There is no limit to the number of athletes per team. The winning team will receive a prize for their club from the OWA.

Cumulative points will be kept for the entirety of the Hybrid Competitive season and a banner will be awarded to the top scoring team.

Age groups contested are:

Juvenille (15 and under, born 1999 or later)

Youth (17 and under, born 1997 or later)

Junior (20 and under, born 1994 or later)

Senior/Master (20+, born 1993 or earlier)

IWF rules dictate that age groups are determined by Year of Birth only, for example, anyone born in 1994 is a Junior for 2014 and becomes a Senior on Jan 1, 2015, regardless of their Date of Birth.

The additional Juvenille/Youth Bodyweight categories will also be contested (M44, M50, M94+, W44, W69+).

This competition is not subject to doping control.

By |November 2nd, 2014|Blog, News|1 Comment

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic – Coach’s Meet Report

On Saturday, October 4, Team JustLift traveled up to North Bay for the 2014 Ray Hamilton Classic. The first major meet of our competitive season, athletes Ian Haya, Heather Amundrud, Val Hoang, James Jaehak-Kim, Justin Reeson, Sarah Rice, and Julia Boggia all put on impressive performances to further cement JustLift’s place a contender in the Ontario Weightlifting community.

The day began at 7:00am with the first round of weigh-ins. Ian Haya would be the first of our lifters to touch the bar, competing in the first session of the day. Ian, Ontario’s top ranked 62kg lifter, and number two in the country, opened with a confident first attempt in the Snatch at 93kg, more than any of his competitors’ successful attempts. Unmatched in this lift, Ian finished 7kg ahead of the next strongest competitor in his weight category with a final attempt of 97kg. In the Clean and Jerk, Ian and Coach Chin had a fight on their hands, as the local up-and-comer, Niki Alexandrov (son of former World Champion and World Record Holder, Alexander Varbanov) was holding his own, going toe-to-toe with Ian in his attempts. Both athletes would attempt a third Clean and Jerk at 125kg for a new provincial record. Ian, attempting the weight first, would make it through a hard Clean, but just didn’t quite have enough left to stabilize the Jerk. Shortly after, Niki would win the battle with a strong Clean followed by an equally strong Jerk, securing himself the record. Still, having gone into the Clean and Jerk with a 7kg lead, Ian would win the contest with by 2kg in the total. Our hats go off to Niki, though, who is on his way to becoming a force in the sport!

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic Medal Winners (Men's 62kg) L to R: Joel Asselin - 3rd, Ian Haya - 1st, Niki Alexandrov - 2nd

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic Medal Winners (Men’s 62kg) L to R: Joel Asselin – 3rd, Ian Haya – 1st, Niki Alexandrov – 2nd

Following the men of the lighter weight classes would be the women, with JustLift athletes Heather Amundrud and Val Hoang going into this competition as favorites for the top three. The first of the pair to lift, Heather opened with an easy 55kg Snatch, and followed this with an equally strong 57kg, a competition record for her! Heather would attempt 60kg, however, that bar proved just too heavy. In the Clean and Jerk round, Heather went 3/3, going 73, 76, and finishing with 80kg, another competition record! With a total of 137kg, Heather easily made the qualifying total for the Canadian Senior Championships.

Going into this meet, Val had a lot to prove. In our last competitive season, Val had just missed the qualifying total for the Canadian Senior Championships by a single lift. Off to a shaky start by missing her first attempt in the Snatch at 56kg, Val quickly pulled it together and came back with a vengeance, putting on her most confident performance to date. She would not miss a single attempt after the first, subsequently going 56-59kg in the Snatch, and then 74, 77, and 80kg in the Clean and Jerk. This would secure Val the gold, giving her a 2kg edge over Heather, but more importantly, a total that was 9kg above the qualifying standard for the Canadian Senior Championships!

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic Medal Winners (Women's 53kg) L to R: Heather Amundrud - 2nd, Val Hoang - 1st, Bronwynn Sheppard - 3rd

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic Medal Winners (Women’s 53kg) L to R: Heather Amundrud – 2nd, Val Hoang – 1st, Bronwynn Sheppard – 3rd

Next up were James Jaehak-Kim, and Justin Reeson, who were both competing in the 94kg class. This would only be James’ second competition, and Justin’s first. Opening at 80kg, James would receive three white lights on his first Snatch, setting the tone for the rest of his session. Confident, James posted another successful lift with 83kg. James would miss his third attempt at 86kg, just not quite receiving the bar in the right position. Undeterred by the miss, James followed up his Snatch attempts with three gutsy Clean and Jerks, finishing with 110kg, a competition record 1kg off his best in training!

Justin, although nervous about his first meet, overcame his anxieties, and put on a show. Justin opened with a very strong 93kg, pulling it so hard that he Power Snatched it! This was followed up with an even more powerful 98kg, and finally, with a personal best of 103kg. In the Clean and Jerk, Justin would receive successful judgment on his attempts at 125, 130, and 135kg, allowing him to go 6/6 at his very first meet! To top it off, Justin would be awarded with the Best Novice Lifter Award, given to the top lifter new to competition!

Coaches Ian Haya and Greg Chin accepting Justin Reeson's Best Novice Lifter award on his behalf.

Coaches Ian Haya and Greg Chin accepting Justin Reeson’s Best Novice Lifter award on his behalf.

The final round of the evening would see lifters Sarah Rice and Julia Boggia (69kg) put on their best performances to date! First up would be Sarah, opening at 52kg in the Snatch, then going 55, and 57kg, for a new personal record. She would follow this with an even stronger performance in the Clean and Jerk, going 63, 66, and 69kg for another personal record in the Clean and Jerk! What makes it all the more impressive is that prior to lifting she had already acted as an official in numerous capacities throughout the day!

Following close after Sarah was Julia, who, at this meet, would be attempting to qualify for the Ontario Provincial Championships. To do this, Julia would need to total 135kg. Going into this meet with confidence, Julia opened in the Snatch with 63kg. Looking strong, Julia would follow her first lift with successful attempts at 66 and 69kg. The momentum displayed in the Snatch would follow into the Clean and Jerk round. Julia opened with a well-executed 76kg, putting her 10kg ahead of what she needed to qualify for Provincials. In fact, it put her so far ahead that she was only 5kg away from qualifying for the Canadian Championships! Focused, Julia continued her string of favorable lifts, scoring with 79kg in her second Clean and Jerk attempt, and finally, with 81kg in her third, allowing her to finish her competition with a total of 150kg, and the right to compete at the 2015 Canadian Championships!

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic Medal Winnters (Women's 69kg) L to R: Julia Boggia - 3rd, Maya Laylor - 1st, Michelle McElligot - 2nd

2014 Ray Hamilton Classic Medal Winnters (Women’s 69kg) L to R: Julia Boggia – 3rd, Maya Laylor – 1st, Michelle McElligot – 2nd

Just as at last year’s Ray Hamilton Classic, Team JustLift would bring home a collection of medals with 2 Gold, 1 Silver, and 1 Bronze. Perhaps more importantly, all of our medalists qualified for Nationals in May next year, putting our athletes in a very good position at the start of our competitive season.

As Head Coach, I’d like to thank my good friend, and fellow coach, Ian Haya, for assisting myself and our athletes in their warm-ups and weight selection when they were out on the platform; we couldn’t have done it without him. I’d also like to thank the athletes that performed so well at this past meet; we would not be the club we are without you! It is an immense honor to have had a hand in both your development and accomplishments as athletes. And, finally, I’d like to thank everyone else at JustLift who followed our performance and cheered us on! It is because we are a community that trains together to be the best that we can be that enables us to experience the successes we have had. We’re only going to continue getting better!

Weightlifting in Ontario has grown leaps and bounds since we began. The competitive standard has only gotten higher. Are we up to the challenge? I think our performance says so.

By |October 13th, 2014|Blog, News|Comments Off on 2014 Ray Hamilton Classic – Coach’s Meet Report

Holiday Hours – Thanksgiving Monday Oct 13, 2014

Thanksgiving Monday (Oct. 13, 2014) Hours (10am – Noon):
JustLift Level 1 – 10am – 11am
JustLift Level 2 – 10am – Noon
JustFit – 11am – Noon
Train Hard, Eat Hard!

There will be no open gym or evening classes on Monday.

By |October 10th, 2014|News|Comments Off on Holiday Hours – Thanksgiving Monday Oct 13, 2014