Kathryn Golbeck set the Canadian 24kg Biathlon record by completing 120 jerks (Canadian 24kg Jerk Record) and 115 snatches (Canadian 24kg snatch record), for a total of 177.5 points, ALSO making here the very first Canadian Master of Sport International Class in the 24kg Biathlon!!! Kathryn is an incredible athlete and an exceptional person. Strong, kind, friendly, humble and she performs with class and composure. I am grateful to finally have met her and have had the chance to lift right beside her!
You can view Kathryn's 24kg Snatch set and Canadian National Record here:
You can view my 16kg snatch set and Canadian National Record here:
The above video was created by Mikhail Marshak. Thank you Misha!!
And my 16kg TALC set and Canadian National Record here:
Canada also welcomes another Master of Sport in the 20kg Long Cycle!! Jenny Chan competed in the 20kg OALC and completed 98 reps to achieve her MS rank with the OKC. Not only is this impressive on it's own but it's even more exceptional because of the fact that Jenny only weighs 46.9kg!! I'm already looking forward to watching Jenny continue to progress and achieve more great success in GS. Congratulations on such an extraordinary accomplishment Jenny! Keep it going!!
Also in attendance at the OCKI Vancouver Open was Canada's most accomplished male lifter, Charlie Fornelli, who took it upon himself to compete in ALL three 32kg lifts this past weekend achieving two more Master of Sport ranks, one in each event - biathlon and long cycle!! Charlie completed 85 jerks and 131 snatches for a total point score of 150.5. He also completed 54 reps in the 32kg Long Cycle. Charlie is another exceptional athlete and person who leads by example. He is hard working, generous with his knowledge and experience, friendly and very skilled with his technique in all three lifts. It was a privilege to watch him lift on Saturday and spend time with him over the weekend. Amazing work Charlie!!
DON'T MISS THIS HUGE OPPORTUNITY TO LEARN FROM THE BEST!
In addition to watching experienced lifters progress in this sport and to the excitement of watching brand new and beginner lifters take the platform, it is always impressive to see how lifters of all ages can compete in GS.
The youngest lifter at the OKCI Vancouver Open was Kendra Falkenberg. Kendra is only 13 years old and has never been over thrilled about sports yet she took the platform and crushed a 12kg snatch set completing 201 snatches AND a 12kg long cycle set competing 119 repetitions!!! Her technique looked quite good for a beginner and it is obvious that she will be a force in this sport as she chooses to continue to stay committed to training in the way that she has been leading up to this event. Congratulations Kendra and looking forward to seeing you progress!
The most veteran lifter at this weekend's event was Lewis Cottell (61 years), a member of Code 5 fitness and a student of Tricia Dong. Lewis competed in the 16kg snatch completing 129 repetitions! Lewis also did the 5 minute double bell jerk event completing 50 reps! He has been an inspiration for other lifters on Team Code 5 including his wife Victoria Cottell who found self-confidence from participating in training with Lewis and, as a result, decided to compete in the 5 minute 8kg snatch completing 48 repetitions!! Very inspiring Lewis and Victoria!!
This is a long recap but there were so many great things happening this past weekend that I know I won't even fit half of them into this post. The next person that we cannot forget is one of the leaders of the OKC himself, John Wild Buckley. This weekend John completed personal records in BOTH his 24kg snatch and jerk sets. John did 101 jerks and 201 snatches giving him 201.5 total points!! Not only did he achieve great numbers but he also made them look graceful and, quite frankly, easy! Congratulations John!! Running competitions and being the head of an organization is an immense challenge but to ALSO train, compete and continue to progress as an athlete in our sport shows how fully dedicated John is to EVERY aspect of this sport. He is a true leader and ambassador for GS in North America. Good luck competing in the White Nights tournament in Russia these next two weeks John. We are all cheering you on from here with the same tenacity and genuine hope for success that you give to all of us!!
Last, but certainly not least, a big thank you to Tricia Dong for all of her hard work leading up to, during and after this event. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to spend some time with Tricia on Wednesday and Thursday before the competition and I saw the effort, coupled with frustration, that she was putting into preparing this event for all of us. I also chatted with her often on very late nights for weeks leading up to this competition as she lost sleep trying to get all of the details taken care of. Tricia really cares about doing things right and she put a ton of work into this event to make it the success that it was. In addition to organizing this event, Tricia also competed in the 5 minute double bell long cycle completing 42 reps!! Stellar job on the platform and in running this event Tricia. Congratulations and thank you!! You should be very proud!
Master of Sport International Class
Denis Vasilev - 10 minute 32kg TALC. 101 reps.
Kathryn Golbeck - 10 minute 24kg Biathlon. 177.5 points.
Master of Sport
Charlie Fornelli - 10 minute 32kg Biathlon. 150.5 points.
Charlie Fornelli - 10 minute 32kg TALC. 54 reps.
Jenny Chan - 10 minute 20kg OALC. 98 reps.
Candidate for Master of Sport
Trifon Marchovski - 5 minute 32kg Snatch. 90 reps.
Christine Broadhead - 10 minute 16kg Biathlon. 206.5 points.
Jennifer Hintenberger - 10 minute 16kg Snatch. 242 reps.
Trifon Marchovski - 10 minute 24kg Snatch. 198 reps.
Sarah Jolliffe - 10 minute 16kg OALC. 127 reps.
Rachel Robertson - 10 minute 16kg OALC. 127 reps.
Jodi Boates - 10 minute 24kg OALC. 64 reps.
Claire Kaufman - 10 minute 12kg Biathlon. 238 points.
Natalie Hunt - 10 minute 12kg Biathlon. 234.5 points.
Tai Vugia - 10 minute 16kg Biathlon. 221 points.
Roderick MacMillan - 10 minute 24kg Biathlon. 155 points.
John Wild Buckley - 10 minute 24kg Biathlon. 201.5 points.
Kendra Falkenberg - 10 minute 12kg Snatch. 201 reps.
Rachel Robertson - 10 minute 16kg Snatch. 149 reps.
Corissa Sivorot - 10 minute 16kg Snatch. 157 reps.
Laddie Hannam - 10 minute 20kg Snatch. 79 reps.
Andrew Lucas - 10 minute 16kg Snatch. 215 reps.
Ben Falkenberg - 10 minute 16kg Snatch. 215 reps.
Claire Kaufman - 10 minute 16kg OALC . 100 reps.
Kate Kuss - 10 minute 20kg OALC. 87 reps.
Krista Boates - 10 minute 20kg OALC. 83 reps.
Miriam Pallai - 10 minute 20kg OALC. 66 reps.
Isaac Booth - 10 minute 16kg TALC. 97 reps.
Geoff Haines - 5 minute 24kg Biathlon. 84 points.
Karen MacMillan - 5 minute 16kg OALC. 49 reps.
Saiko Shima - 5 minute 16kg OALC. 36 reps.
Mikhail Marshak - 10 minute 24kg Biathlon. 149 points.
Solomon Macys - 10 minute 24kg Snatch. 130 reps.
Christopher Reed - 10 minute 24kg Snatch. 109 reps.
Kendra Falkenberg - 10 minute 12kg OALC. 119 reps.
Melanie Weiss - 10 minute 12kg OALC. 104 reps.
Treena Cook - 10 minute 12kg OALC. 97 reps.
Andrew Grimmer - 10 minute 20kg TALC. 58 reps.
Roderick MacMillann - 10 minute 24kg TALC. 50 reps.
Andrew Moxham - 5 minute 20kg TALC. 34 reps.
Sarah Duckmanton - 5 minute 12kg Biathlon. 108.5 points.
Lisa Regenwetter - 5 minute 16kg OALC. 50 reps.
Daniel Woods - 10 minute 16kg Biathlon. 151 points.
Karen Sickles - 10 minute 12kg Snatch. 126 reps.
Lewis Cottell - 10 minute 16kg Snatch. 129 reps
Santiago Morales - 10 minute 16kg TALC. 66 reps.