Vision (Canada) - - Sports - ALEXIA MARSILLO alexia.marsillo@eap.on.ca

Jus­tin Ma­jor, a 21-year-old from Cas­sel­man who works in Ham­mond, is hea­ding to Tur­key in Oc­to­ber for the World Arm­wrest­ling Championship.

Ma­jor qua­li­fied for the World Cham­pion­ships af­ter he won se­cond and third places at the Ca­na­dian Na­tio­nal Arm­wrest­ling Cham­pion­ships, that were held in La­val, Qué­bec, from June 29 to Ju­ly 1st. He won se­cond place for the right arm and third place for the left arm in the 110 kg weight class. To qua­li­fy for the World Cham­pion­ships, arm wrest­lers must par­ti­ci­pate in their pro­vince’s pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion and make it to Na­tio­nals to com­pete for a World Championship slot.

“This just real­ly wor­ked out since it was in La­val and it was real­ly close,” said Ma­jor. “Next year, if the Na­tio­nals, which can be anyw­here in the coun­try, are real­ly far, I won’t be able to go and then won’t be able to go to the Worlds’.”

Ma­jor star­ted arm wrest­ling about four years ago, when he was 17 years old, and has been trai­ning twice a week since. In his first year in the sport, he par­ti­ci­pa­ted in two com­pe­ti­tions but then spent some time fo­cu­sing on his trai­ning. In the last year and a half or so, ho­we­ver, he has been par­ti­ci­pa­ting in any pos­sible com­pe­ti­tion.

“Back in the 1970s and 1980s, arm wrest­ling was a big thing. My dad and a lot of my uncles were in it too,” ad­ded Ma­jor. “So it has al­ways been in the fa­mi­ly and I got in­to it from them.”

As the World Cham­pion­ships ap­proach, the big­gest com­pe­ti­tion Ma­jor will have par­ti­ci­pa­ted in, he is trai­ning se­rious­ly at least twice a week with his team. He leaves for the World Arm­wrest­ling Championship in Tur­key on Oc­to­ber 12, and will be re­tur­ning Oct. 21. He is par­ti­ci­pa­ting in four dif­ferent ca­te­go­ries of com­pe­ti­tions, de­pen­ding on weight and age.

“I’ve ac­tual­ly got good chances of win­ning over there for my age group,” said Ma­jor.

Jus­tin Ma­jor, 21 ans, (à droite) ori­gi­naire de Cas­sel­man et qui tra­vaille à Ham­mond, se ren­dra en Tur­quie en oc­tobre pour le Cham­pion­nat du monde de tir au poi­gnet. M. Ma­jor s’est qua­li­fié pour les cham­pion­nats du monde après avoir rem­por­té les...

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