Xavier Lusignan of Mansfield dominated the Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships this weekend (March 20-21) by winning three gold medals in his 89 kg category.
The virtual competition took place simultaneously across the country. From his first appearance, Lusignan, who represented Ontario given his membership with the Pembroke Club, lifted 128 kg at the snatch, which was enough to win the gold medal in this discipline. In the other competition, the clean and jerk, he managed a lift of 161 kg, which also put him far ahead of the other competitors in total weight lifted for both categories, allowing him to get a third gold medal. This performance could open the doors for the Mansfield athlete to the World Weightlifting Championships, which are expected to take place in May in Saudi Arabia, depending on the pandemic situation.
Naomie surprises at her first participation
Xavier was not Mansfield’s only athlete in this competition, as his sister Naomie also competed in the women’s 71kg category. One of the youngest competitors, Naomie managed to win two bronze medals in the discipline at the snatch and for the totals. Naomie is also the only athlete born in 2005 to have won two medals in this category, the other athletes having been born in 2001, 2002 and 2003. She will therefore have the chance to participate again next year.