A 16-year-old Prince Albert weightlifter is heading to Quebec to compete with the country's strongest men.
Colton Anderson’s passion for weightlifting started when he was 11-years-old. His goal was only to get stronger, which led to him breaking records and becoming Saskatchewan’s strongest in his age category. He competed in the Junior National Weightlifting Championships in January and now has his sights set on the Canadian Senior Weightlifting championships in La Prairie, Que.
The championship will be held this weekend.
He said on Thursday he’s tired and sore but excited to take on the new challenge.
“I’m facing people who are 21 and older, and it’s my first time going to that,” he said. “My coach and I have a strategy but it’s just for me to go and do my best. It’s my first time going to senior nationals, so it is just to see how it goes and to see how I do.”
To get to that level, Colton did a lot of training. He explained his day starts at 6 a.m., followed by another session after school. To change it up, he would mix in swimming.
Colton said what pushes him is being able to lift more and keep moving forward. At the moment, the heaviest he’s lifted is 255 lbs.
Colton’s dad, Trevor Anderson, said he’s proud to see what his son has accomplished.
“He broke a 13 year record in Saskatchewan for the snatch and clean and jerk lift,” he said. “Since he’s so strong, and there’s no seniors who lift as much as him in that weight class, they sent him to western nations, which he just did a month ago in Saskatoon and he got gold again there. He lives, eats and breathes Olympic lifting.”
He added the best part of Colton’s passion for weightlifting has been keeping him out of trouble and credits a lot of that to the program offered at 4 Horsemen Fitness.
Colton won’t be the only one from Prince Albert going to Quebec. He will be joined by Hanna Jacobson who also competed in the junior national championships in January.
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