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Ottawa Weightlifting Closed Club Competition

Who:  JustLift, Ottawa Elite, and Canuck Athletics

What: Sanctioned Inter-Club Weightlifting Competition

Where: JustLift (1023A Merivale Road, Ottawa, ON)

When: Sat., Feb. 23 starting at 9am

Why: Meet Other Weightlifters, Learn to Compete, Compete, and JustLift!

 

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It’s that time again! We will be hosting a joint Club Competition for the members of JustLift, Ottawa Elite, and Canuck Athletics.

This meet will be sanctioned by the OWA and lifters will be able to qualify for Ontario Provincials at this meet.

We encourage all of our members to participate, especially those who have not competed before. This will give you a better understanding of how the sport of weightlifting is contested. This meet will also replace the normal Saturday training time.

All lifters must be registered members with the OWA with their respective clubs. If you are a new lifter and this is your first time registering with the OWA, a half-year membership is available after Dec. 1 for $30 (http://ontarioweightlifting.ca/service.htm). A participation membership is $20. Participants are not eligible for ranking or qualification. Registration with the OWA is separate from the competition.

Athlete Entry Fee is $10 payable at weigh-in.

Athlete Registration deadline is Feb 18. Late registration fee is $20. Don’t delay!

Register Online Now!

Weigh-in will begin at 9am, with lifting starting at 11am. Start list and other information to be posted on https://www.justlift.ca. This competition will NOT be subject to doping control (unable to qualify for Nationals).

Free admission for spectators! If you’re curious to see what a weightlifting competition is like, make sure you come check it out! Come cheer on some of Ottawa’s most powerful athletes!

By |February 5th, 2013|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Ottawa Weightlifting Closed Club Competition

Stoicism and Equanimity Versus Motivation

If you think motivation is the key to success in your training and fitness goals, think again. Chris Stroud made a great post on how stoicisim and equanimity takes precedence over motivation. It’s a great read and you can check out his post here:

http://www.chrisstroud.net/blog/stoicism-and-equanimity-take-precedence-over-motivation/

Consistency is key. Make training and fitness a part of your everyday life. Make it become just something you do every day/week/month/year and keep an eye on your long term goals. It’s not the fad diets, 30 day challenges, or 12 week boot camps that are going to make the biggest difference in your training and fitness. True success comes to those that stick it out for the long run.

By |January 30th, 2013|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Stoicism and Equanimity Versus Motivation

2013 Carlington Cup

JustLift helped sponsor the 2013 Carlington Cup, a local shinny tournament organized by the Carlington Community Association this past Saturday in Alexander Park, right next to the gym. We also put in a team made up of members in our club. After a week of some of the coldest weather Ottawa has seen for this time of year, with wind chills as low as -40, it managed to warm up a bit for the afternoon. Some of us actually managed to work up a bit of a sweat!

 

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Team JustLift played as the Caldwell Cardinals, as each team entered was given custom jerseys, with each team taking a name from one of the streets in the Carlington neighbourhood. Members of the team in the 4 on 4 format (as pictured L to R) were Tiffany Denneny, Corey Tsang, Ian Haya, and Logan Commanda.

By |January 27th, 2013|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2013 Carlington Cup

Winter and Kozorezova Medal at Canadian Juniors

This past Saturday, January 19, the University of Toronto Mississauga hosted the 2013 Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships featuring the strongest athletes under the age of 21 in Canada. JustLift was represented by two of our lifters, Nico Winter (M69) and Nancy Kozorezova (W63). Both were part of the Ontario-A team, based on their impressive performances at the Ontario Juniors.

Nico Winter snatched 96 kg, and just missed 101 kg. He would then go on to Clean and Jerk 120 kg, and just missing his last jerk attempt. His total of 216 kg was good enough for second place and a spot on the podium with a silver medal.

Nancy Kozorezova was up against some tough competition, but managed to come through with a bronze medal. Her Snatch of 65 kg and Clean and Jerk of 80 kg gave her a 145 total and placed her third in the W63 division.

All of us here at JustLift are very proud of our lifters and appreciate all the hard work and dedication they have put in to their training. At 19, Nico still has another year of lifting as a junior to improve on his performance. Nancy is 18, giving her another two years of competition before she moves up to the Senior ranks. We wish them all the best in their future training and competition!

Team Ontario at the 2013 Canadian Junior Championships
Photo by Clance Laylor, from ontarioweightlifting.ca

By |January 22nd, 2013|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Winter and Kozorezova Medal at Canadian Juniors

Good Luck Nico and Nancy!

Our lifters Nico Winter and Nancy Kozorezova will be competing in the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships tomorrow at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus as part of Team Ontario. They’ve been putting countless hours into their training and we wish them the best of luck. Of course, when you train for it as hard as they have, you can’t call it luck.

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Schedule:

  • 9:30am – Men 56, 62, 69 (feat. Nico Winter)
  • 11:30am – Women 48, 53, 58
  • 1:00pm – Women 63, 69, 75, 75+ (feat. Nancy Kozorezova)
  • 2:30pm – Men 77
  • 4:00pm – Men 85, 94, 105, 105+

There will be a live stream of the event which you can watch online on livestream. We’ll be playing it at the gym during morning training. Watch them crush it!

By |January 18th, 2013|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Good Luck Nico and Nancy!

2012 Winter Holiday Schedule

There will be reduced hours and staff over the holidays, but there will still be plenty of opportunity to get some training in just in case you need to get away from visiting relatives or minimize the damage of holiday eating…

There will be no weekday morning sessions from December 18 – January 3.

There will be no noon weekday sessions from December 24 – December 28.

December 25 – Closed

December 26 – Closed

January 1 – Closed

To make up for some of the closures, there will be Sunday classes on Dec 23 and Dec 30 (same times as Saturday classes).

Make sure to check the ZenPlanner schedule for exact class info. All class cancellations have been made, so as it is now, if you can sign up for it, then there will be a class!

By |December 16th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on 2012 Winter Holiday Schedule

Kozorezova and Winter Golden at Ontario Juniors

Scarborough, ON – The sport of weightlifting continues to grow in size and popularity in Ontario, and JustLift in Ottawa are certainly doing their part. They continued their successful ways with another stellar meet at the Ontario Weightlifting Junior Provincial Championships at the Variety Village facility in Scarborough this past Saturday. Junior lifters Nancy Kozorezova (18) and Nico Winter (19) were both crowned Provincial champions in their weight classes (W63 and M69 respectively), and named to the top ranked Ontario Junior Provincial team competing at the Canadian Junior Championships in January.

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Meet the Ontario Junior athletes and coaches headed to Nationals!

Nico Winter started off the competition with a 3kg personal record in the snatch, making attempts at 90 and 95 kg. He just missed his final attempt at 98 kg when he lifted it easily overhead, but was unable to maintain his balance and lost it behind him. He then smashed his personal clean and jerk record by 10 kg, making all three attempts at 110, 115, and then 120 kg. His total of 215 kg earned him the title of Provincial Junior Champion in the M69 weight class and shattered his personal total record by 17 kg.

Next up for JustLift was Graydon Campbell (16) competing in his very first meet in the M105+ category. Campbell was able to settle those first time jitters and channel his energy into nailing all 3 of his snatch attempts at 75, 80, and 85 kg. He would then go on to make his opener at 100 kg in the clean and jerk. His second attempt at 105 kg was lost on a pressout, but he managed to redeem himself by making 105 kg on his third and final attempt. His 195 kg total was good enough to earn him a silver medal.

Another newcomer to the sport, Nicole Duchesne (15, W53) is making rapid gains competing in only her second meet and first Ontario Junior Championships. Duchesne opened the snatch portion of the competition with a personal record of 40 kg, and then increased it even more by making her second attempt at 43 kg. Her third and final attempt at 45 kg was very close but she was unable to stabilize it and stand up after catching it in the bottom. She would go on to make 45 and 50 kg in the clean and jerk and just missing her jerk on her final attempt at 55 kg after a solid clean. Her total of 93 kg was a 5 kg total personal record.

Capping off the end of the day was Kozorezova, competing in the W63 category. Kozorezova made her first two snatch attempts at 60 and 65 kg. She launched her third and final attempt at 70 kg for what would be a 5 kg personal record, but in the excitement of making the lift, she lowered the weight before the judges gave her a proper down signal, nullifying the attempt. She was able to put that small mistake behind her when she came out for her clean and jerks and made all three attempts at 75, 80, and 85 kg for a 5 kg personal record. Her total of 150 kg allowed her to repeat as Junior Provincial Champion in the W63 category. She will be looking forward to helping the Ontario Team at Junior Nationals as one of the top ranked lifters and hoping to improve on the bronze medal she earned at last years Canadian Junior Championships.

Coach Ian Haya put in a long day of managing the athlete’s warm ups and selecting weights for their lifters. Everything paid off in the end as it was a great meet for everyone. Next up for JustLift is a closed inter-club meet on December 15 at the JustLift facility, which will include lifters from Ottawa Elite and Canuck Athletics.

By |December 2nd, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kozorezova and Winter Golden at Ontario Juniors

JustLift Hosts Inter-Club Competition

We will be hosting a inter-club competition on December 15, 2012 for athletes registered with the 3 Ottawa area OWA weightlifting clubs, JustLift, Ottawa Elite, and Canuck Athletics.

Weigh-in will be at 10am and lifting will start at noon. Athletes can register for the event here:

http://justlift.eventbrite.com

This will be a sanctioned OWA inter-club meet and will not be subject to doping control. Athletes may qualify for Provincials at this meet, but not Nationals.

We are encouraging all the members of our JustLift program to participate in this friendly competition, especially those that have not competed before. This will be a low-stress enviornment to gain some experience on how a weightlifting competition is run.

We will be opening our doors and offering free admission for all spectators that are curious to see how an Olympic Weightlifting competition is run. It should be a great time! We hope to see you there!

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By |November 25th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on JustLift Hosts Inter-Club Competition

JustLift at the 2012 Ontario Open

Here’s video of several of our JustLift athletes competing at the 2012 Ontario Open.

Nicole Duchesne (W53) snatched 38, and clean and jerked 50 for an 88 total in her very first weightlifting meet and captured a silver medal in her weight class.

Nancy Kozorezova (W63) snatched 65 and clean and jerked 80 for a 145 total, captured a gold medal in her weight class, and qualified for the 2013 Canadian National Championships as a junior aged lifter. Her total also currently places her as the #3 junior female lifter in Ontario.

Ian Haya (M69) snatched 95 and clean and jerked 120 for a 215 total, captured a bronze medal in his weight class, and qualified for the 2013 Canadian National Championships.

Nico Winter (M77) snatched 90 and clean and jerked 105 for a 195 total, and met the minimum standard required to be considered for the Ontario Junior team competing at the Canadian Junior Championships in January. His total currently places him as the #9 ranked junior male lifter in Ontario.

By |November 22nd, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on JustLift at the 2012 Ontario Open

CTV Morning Live’s Jeff Hopper Vs. JustLift’s Nancy Kozorezova

Check out the piece from CTV Morning Live featuring our own Nancy Kozorezova (@shenangg) battling Jeff Hopper (@HopperJeff). We can’t exactly say that it was a fair match. Jeff sure had his hands full!

By |November 15th, 2012|Blog, News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on CTV Morning Live’s Jeff Hopper Vs. JustLift’s Nancy Kozorezova