Alberta Powerlifting Union
President/ Referee Chairmen
Avi Silverberg is a 3-time World Team athlete, bronze medalist at the 2010 World Bench Press Championships, three-time Overall National Bench Press Champion, and member of the Canadian Powerlifting Union Hall of Fame.
Avi is actively involved in coaching, including serving as the Head Coach for Team Canada powerlifting on various International teams. Avi graduated with a Master's of Science in Kinesiology with a specific research focus in coaching elite master athletes in powerlifting.
Avi also has a strong commitment to the development of powerlifting and the sport generally. To this end, he has been member of the Alberta Powerlifting Union Executive Committee since 2012, previously serving as the Executive Secretary and President. Avi is a National-level referee; director of many local, provincial, and National powerlifting competitions; and, member of the Canadian Powerlifting Union Student Scholarship Committee and Competition Committee. Avi also runs the PowerliftingTechnique.com blog.
Renae Witzaney started powerlifting at the ripe old age of 36 and did her first APU meet in 2012 at the Provincial Championships in Redcliff. Since then she has been a meet director over a dozen times, competed at the National level and is also a CPU Provincial level referee. While Renae loves competing with all the people she has met in the sport, her heart lies in introducing others to powerlifting and ensuring all the lifters at her meets have a top notch lifting experience. When Renae isn’t in the gym she is a full time mom and accountant. Her daughter has been a competitive powerlifter since she was 7 years old and her husband is a former IPF World Champion as well. It is certainly a family affair.
Renae has her own accounting practice which she started in 2007. She is a Chartered Accountant and works with a wide range of clients, from personal clients and businesses to small business planning and trusts. Renae’s accounting background and experience will be an asset as the APU Treasurer. During her time as Treasurer, Renae intends to ensure to provide an accurate and transparent picture of the APU’s finances.
Angelina Van Ryswyk
Angelina Van Ryswyk has been a powerlifter since competing at her first meet in 2012 at Powersurge. Since then, she has competed at the Alberta Provincial Championships, CPU Nationals, and the NAPF Championships in 2015 where she won silver.
Along with being an athlete, Angelina is a national referee and volunteers at many of the meets held in Alberta. She prides herself and providing fair and unbiased judgment of APU athletes on the platform and looks forward to being a part of the continued growth of the sport. As interim executive secretary, Angelina is involved in the administration of the sport in Alberta.
As well, Angelina is a skilled IT professional who brings a wide range of computer savvy knowledge to help better the records management within Alberta.
vacant until election
The Athlete Representative will remain vacant until the 2020 APU election when the membership will vote in an eligible and qualified candidate.
Eric Sondergard is an active local powerlifter who caught the iron bug after his first meet in January 2015. With an athletic background consisting of nearly a decade of minor hockey and summer sports like golf and baseball, Eric hopes to build on his local successes and progress to higher levels in Canadian powerlifting. When he’s not working or training, he spends his time playing music and tinkering in his garage.
As the Results Chairman, Eric hopes to create a more locally-competitive environment by keeping the membership informed of top competition results from around the province. His skills as a professional software developer will help the APU stay up-to-date and keep its data accessible.