Cornwall to host Ontario Weightlifting Championships

By Bob Peters
March 21, 2012

Ontario Weightlifting ChampionshipsThe Ontario Weightlifting Championships will bring some of the Province's best weightlifters to Cornwall, including Olympic hopeful Isabelle Deprés from Ottawa.

The event will take place March 31, 2012 at the NAV CENTRE, and is hosted by the School of Champions and Cornwall's own Caveman Strong.

The Ontario Weightlifting Championships is an individual qualification event for many prestigious competitions such as the Canadian Championships, Pan American Championships and the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Championships are held annually, however, this is the first time the event will be held in Cornwall and the first time in over twenty years that a competition of this calibre has been hosted in this region of the province.

“We want to showcase the sport of Olympic Weightlifting to a new audience and encourage the growth of the sport at the grassroots level,” states Pierre Augé, Head Coach & CEO of School of Champions on why he and his team decided to host the event in Cornwall. “We know through experience within the Canadian sport system that many successful athletes hail from smaller cities.  We wanted to demonstrate to the Cornwall area that our sport is available to them and [that] they could excel at it.”

Caveman Strong Business Manager, Eric Bergeron, concurs: “The sport is progressing well in Cornwall with both Caveman Strong and the Akwesasne community (through their affiliation with Caveman Strong) developing several athletes; in fact, two of those athletes are competing at these Championships.”

The Cornwall athletes Bergeron speaks of are Kyle Pichie and Josianne Secours, who will be competing in their first Ontario Weightlifting Association provincial championships.

Event organizers are expecting over 200 spectators during the event, which runs from 8am until 6pm – with various weight categories competing throughout the day.  The schedule of the one day competition will be confirmed on March 24, upon the completion of athlete registration.

Athletes compete in both Olympic lifts; the Snatch and the Clean & Jerk.  Medals by are awarded by weight category to athletes with the highest Total.  The Total is achieved by the sum of the two lifts.

About the Ontario Weightlifting Association

Ontario Weightlifting Association (OWA) is the provincial sport governing body for the sport of Olympic weightlifting within the Province of Ontario; enabling athlete, coach & officials’ development.  Weightlifting is the most competitive and globally inclusive sport; with more countries competing in weightlifting than any other sport at the Olympic Games.

About the School of Champions Weightlifting Club

The School of Champions Weightlifting Club is a Federally Registered not for profit sports organization, dedicated to the development and support of elite athletes. We offer community based, geared to income services targeted specifically to under priviledged children. Our goal is to provide a sustainable, goal oriented program which will allow children from low income families achieve their real potential as high performers.

About the NAV CENTRE

Located on the scenic shores of the St. Lawrence River in Cornwall, the NAV CENTRE is a full service conference centre offering access to 560 guest rooms, a fitness centre and 70 dedicated state-of-the-art meeting rooms. The Centre, which is owned and operated by NAV CANADA, can accommodate small groups of five to large groups of up 500.  The NAV CENTRE is an accredited member of the International Association of Conference Centres (IACC), provided for adhering to globally-recognized standards in hospitality service. Learn more about the Centre at


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