Congratulations to faculty member Jodi Van Engen, who won gold at the Ontario Masters Open Weightlifting Championships!
â€śItâ€™s always nice to train for something and challenge yourself,â€ť said Jodi. â€śI tell my students to push themselves â€“ better score, better timeâ€¦ – so I need to practise what I preach. I love fitness, itâ€™s what I live and breathe.â€ť
For more than a year, Jodi has trained four times per week with Coach Codi Armstrong at The CrossFit PTBO Weightlifting Club. She felt well-prepared for the Ontario Masters Open Weightlifting Championships physically, but said her biggest challenge was overcoming nerves.
â€śBattling my nerves was my biggest challenge,â€ť she said. â€śThroughout the competition, youâ€™re by yourself. Then you have the judges and the pressure, and you donâ€™t want to mess up your technique because of nerves and you try to keep your composure.â€ť
Jodi said she won the competition by 1 kilo, lifting 76 kilos (clean & jerk) and 63 kilos (snatch).
â€śIt was amazing! It was unexpected, and Iâ€™m really proud of myself and Iâ€™m really happy with my coach,â€ť said Jodi. â€śIt was totally what I had worked towards, and I had never done 76 kilos before so I really pushed myself.â€ť
Jodi also felt inspired by the other competitors at the event. â€śI competed in the 30 to 35 age range, but there were people who had competed for so many yearsâ€”there was a man who was 70!â€ť she said. â€śAnd seeing the level of these competitors, there were record-holders there, and seeing the weight they can lift was really inspiring.â€ť
Now that Jodi earned gold, she is now preparing for the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships in GaspĂ©, Quebec in June. She has started a new training plan with her coach and is excited to reach her new goals.
Good luck to Jodi in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships!