One of the athletes that will be competing at the Commonwealth Championships is a sub-junior who hails from Calgary named Deston Yee. Deston is currently ranked first in the bench only competition and third in the three lift competition in the 83 kg sub junior class, which isn’t bad considering this is his first international competition. In Deston’s first and only year of powerlifting he has competed in four three lift competitions, and in one bench only competition and is looking forward to giving it his all at the Commonwealth Championships. Right now, Deston holds the Canadian National record in bench press so it is no surprise that he prefers bench press over squat and deadlift. Outside of lifting Deston plays basketball and badminton and is in grade 12 at Central Memorial High School. He plans on attending university after he graduates.
Another young athlete to keep an eye on is Jason Luo who trains out of Edmonton. Jason attends the University of Alberta in the faculty of science and dedicates all of his spare time to Powerlifting. Jason started lifting two years ago, with his first meet being Power Surge in 2013. Originally, Jason’s heart was set on weightlifting, but after a friend urged him to compete in Powerlifting he was immediately hooked to the sport.
Jason has a fair bit of experience as he has competed at the National level and at the 2015 International Powerlifting World Championships. To top it all off, he also holds all the National records for 59 kg Junior class, as well as the National Open squat record.
Accompanying these two athletes and the rest of Team Canada is the appointed Head Coach and the Alberta Powerlifting Union President, Avi Silverberg. Avi’s athletic career started in swimming, where he competed on the national team. After Avi retired from swimming he was steered into powerlifting by some local lifters from the University of Calgary. This lead him to compete on the World stage three times and claiming the National bench press record in the 120 kg open class.