ATHLETE OF THE YEAR
Introduced at the Alberta Powerlifting Union's AGM in 2018, the Athlete of the Year was created to recognize APU members who have seen athletic success at the highest levels of our sport. These are athletes who are national champions, world-level athletes and/or champions and embody the character and athletic integrity of the APU. Nominated by members of the APU on a yearly basis and voted on by the APU Executive, the criteria to be weighed when considering an Athlete of the Year is as follows:
- Performance at international and/or national championships
- Obtained records, international placing, and a high lifter coefficient ranking
- Demonstrates character, sportsmanship, and athletic integrity as a member of the APU
2020: KOJO GYENNIN
The APU's Athlete of the Year award for 2020 goes to Kojo Gyennin. Kojo is a longtime athlete in the APU and can always be seen volunteering at multiple events in the province. Most often, you can find Kojo on the platform spotting and loading with a smile and he always brings a lot of encouragement to his fellow lifters.
As an athlete, Kojo has won multiple CPU National titles, has competed at the Arnold Sports Festival, and has competed at two IPF World Classic Championships. Most recently, he competed at the 2019 IPF World Classic Championships in Sweden, where he not only won his class, but was also crowned Champion of Champions in the M1 Division with a 665kg/1463lbs total at a bodyweight of 73.35kg/161lbs.
To not only win World's, but also be crowned Champion of Champions is a feat that very few people in our sport achieve, and we are tremendously proud of Kojo's accomplishments as a member of the APU. He a shining example of hard work, dedication to our sport, and overall just a great athlete and person. Congratulations Kojo!
2019: JASON LUO
The APU's Inaugural Athlete of the Year award goes to Jason Luo. Jason is a multiple CPU National Champion, has competed in 4 IPF World Classic Championships and was the World Silver medalist in the Junior 59kg for 2016, 2017, and 2018.
At the 2018 World Championships, Jason also broke both the World Deadlift and Total Records (241.5kg/531lbs and 556.5kg/1224lbs respectively) at a bodyweight of 58.79kg/129lbs. Jason is the epitome of hard work and dedication in the sport, and has always shown great strength of character when the going got tough.
Always there with a smile and encouraging words, Jason serves as an example to other lifters in the APU. Congratulations Jason, we are proud to have you as part of our community!