An iron will

Hat­ter Teresa Lei plans on break­ing records at Iron Chal­lenge power lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion this week­end

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Her coaches are six hours away, but Teresa Lei is mo­ti­vated and ready to break some records this week­end.

The 20-year-old Univer­sity of Al­berta stu­dent will re­turn home for the Iron Chal­lenge Satur­day at Tem­ple Fit­ness (in­side the Medicine Hat Curl­ing Club), hop­ing to im­prove upon how she did at her first pow­er­lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion this past Au­gust.

“I def­i­nitely sur­prised my­self,” said Lei, who’s among seven or so lo­cals who will com­pete in squat, bench press and dead­lift. “After the one ses­sion I re­ally en­joyed, though let’s stick with it. I’ve been do­ing it ever since.”

Specif­i­cally, Lei set Cana­dian marks in squat (“around 270 pounds”) and dead­lift (“325ish”) at a com­pe­ti­tion at Tem­ple Fit­ness in Au­gust. Her records are spe­cific to the Raw Pow­er­lift­ing Fed­er­a­tion, which shouldn’t be confused with the many other weightlift­ing or­ga­ni­za­tions in­clud­ing those which com­pete in the Olympics. They’re also age and weight-spe­cific, im­por­tant when you re­al­ize she’s strong but not nec­es­sar­ily the stereo­type of a lifter. Lei played bad­minton and ran cross coun­try in her high school days.

Start­ing school at the U of A means she uses email and video to work with coaches Colin and Al­lie DeWolfe and Lisa Ger­vais back in Medicine Hat. It seems to be work­ing out well.

Aside from Lei, Back Al­ley has vet­eran Mike Moore­head and new­comer Cherisse Martineau tak­ing part. Colin DeWolfe says 53 com­peti­tors will be in town, and any­one who might be set­ting a record will get drug tested as per Raw’s man­date for clean sport.

“There’s three re­gion­als in or­der for a (na­tional) team to go to worlds,” said DeWolfe. “You have to com­pete at one of these three, have a large enough to­tal to qual­ify be­cause they only spon­sor the top 10 in each age and weight class.”

Moore­head set two world records at the Raw worlds this past Oc­to­ber but thought he could’ve done bet­ter. He’s got the same anx­i­ety lead­ing up to this meet — namely, how he’ll feel the morn­ing of the event.

“I hate the days lead­ing up to it be­cause you never know how you’re go­ing to feel that day,” said the 40-year-old. “I’ll know in the morn­ing, as soon as I start warm­ing up.”

Com­pe­ti­tion be­gins around 9:30 a.m. Satur­day, and will wrap up around 3:30 p.m.

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