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Glen Cormier breaks five Canadian records at national powerlifting event

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No matter what life threw his way, powerlifting has helped Glen Cormier carry the weight of the world on his shoulders.

“It’s a great stress reliever and it’s a good social exercise to be in because you meet a lot of people when you travel and even when you’re at the gym,” Cormier said Monday morning.

Cormier, a seasoned powerlifter who calls Noel’s Pond home, just returned from the Canadian powerlifting championships, where he set five official Canadian records and two unofficial world records.

The 59-year-old, who has competed on the world stage on numerous occasions, won gold in the 93-kilogram Masters 3 category to qualify for the 2017 world powerlifting championships later this year.

Being recognized as one of the best in the country means a lot to him.

“It’s a good feeling because you work hard all year and you get to go to the competition and compete against other people who are right up there in Canada,” Cormier said.

He admits retirement is looming, but as long as he’s hitting the gym he wants to push himself to be the best. But more importantly, he wants to use his experience and knowledge to help budding powerlifters who have visions of glory on a big stage find their way in the sport.

It’s a way of life for Cormier. He wouldn’t have it any other way when he looks at how much reward he’s taken from the sport, and not just the batch of medals he’s collected, but the great friendships and cool places he’s been since immersing himself in the sport.

He’s not sure if he’s going to compete on the world stage this year. He’s thinking about holding off for a year because Calgary is playing host to both the Canadian and world championships in 2018, and his son and daughter live in Calgary, so it would be a great chance for him to visit.

He’s headed for Cuba for a vacation now. Even champions need to take a break from time to time.

The journey to gold

93-kg weight class

Squat — 230 kilograms

Bench — 150 kilograms

Deadlift — 230 kilograms

Total — 910 kilograms

“It’s a great stress reliever and it’s a good social exercise to be in because you meet a lot of people when you travel and even when you’re at the gym,” Cormier said Monday morning.

Cormier, a seasoned powerlifter who calls Noel’s Pond home, just returned from the Canadian powerlifting championships, where he set five official Canadian records and two unofficial world records.

The 59-year-old, who has competed on the world stage on numerous occasions, won gold in the 93-kilogram Masters 3 category to qualify for the 2017 world powerlifting championships later this year.

Being recognized as one of the best in the country means a lot to him.

“It’s a good feeling because you work hard all year and you get to go to the competition and compete against other people who are right up there in Canada,” Cormier said.

He admits retirement is looming, but as long as he’s hitting the gym he wants to push himself to be the best. But more importantly, he wants to use his experience and knowledge to help budding powerlifters who have visions of glory on a big stage find their way in the sport.

It’s a way of life for Cormier. He wouldn’t have it any other way when he looks at how much reward he’s taken from the sport, and not just the batch of medals he’s collected, but the great friendships and cool places he’s been since immersing himself in the sport.

He’s not sure if he’s going to compete on the world stage this year. He’s thinking about holding off for a year because Calgary is playing host to both the Canadian and world championships in 2018, and his son and daughter live in Calgary, so it would be a great chance for him to visit.

He’s headed for Cuba for a vacation now. Even champions need to take a break from time to time.

The journey to gold

93-kg weight class

Squat — 230 kilograms

Bench — 150 kilograms

Deadlift — 230 kilograms

Total — 910 kilograms

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