POWERLIFTER MEDALS TWICE IN COSTA RICA

Vet­eran Rob Dyke brings home gold and bronze from in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion

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“It was a proud mo­ment for me.”

– Rob Dyke

A Gan­der vet­eran has brought home two medals from an in­ter­na­tional pow­er­lift­ing com­pe­ti­tion.

On Oct. 26 Robert Glen (Rob) Dyke com­peted in the North Amer­i­can Pow­er­lift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (NAPF) Pan-Amer­i­can Bench Press Cham­pi­onships in San Jose, Costa Rica. There, the 45-year-old took gold in the 83-kg Masters divi­sion and bronze in the 83-kg Open divi­sion set­ting two Pan-Amer­i­can Masters records by bench­ing 350 pounds.

Dur­ing a 28-year ca­reer as an en­gi­neer in the Cana­dian Armed Forces (Air Force), Dyke wore the flag in two tours of Afghanistan and one in Is­rael/ Syria. Nev­er­the­less, he said, rep­re­sent­ing his coun­try and prov­ince at a sporting event was ex­tremely spe­cial.

“It was a proud mo­ment for me to be part of such a strong team rep­re­sent­ing Canada and New­found­land,” he said. “Lift­ing on the pow­er­lift­ing plat­form with Team Canada at the in­ter­na­tional event is some­thing I will re­mem­ber for­ever.” As­pi­ra­tions

Dyke has his as­pi­ra­tions set on the In­ter­na­tional Pow­er­lift­ing Fed­er­a­tion (IPF) World Cham­pi­onships in June in Hels­ing­borg, Swe­den.

He has been close be­fore. In the past three years, Dyke has been New­found­land and Labrador Cham­pion, Eastern Cana­dian Cham­pion and twice qual­i­fied for the Cana­dian na­tion­als, plac­ing third in Cal­gary in Fe­bru­ary of this year and sec­ond two years ago in Sague­nay, Que­bec. Those re­sults qual­i­fied him as an al­ter­nate for the worlds this year, but he wasn’t needed.

It also qual­i­fied him for na­tion­als in Ottawa in March, 2019. If he wins his divi­sion there, he will be off to Swe­den.

In the mean­time, he will be tak­ing part in the Cen­tral New­found­land Cham­pi­onships in Gan­der Nov. 24.

Dyke was born in Bot­wood and grew up in Nor­ris Arm South and Hill­grade, New World Is­land un­til he en­tered the forces at age 17.

Dur­ing his mil­i­tary ca­reer, Dyke had eight post­ings across Canada, most re­cently to Gan­der in 2009. He re­tired from the reg­u­lar forces in 2015 and now serves in the Re­serves.

It was a friend from Ottawa who en­cour­aged Dyke to take up com­pet­i­tive pow­er­lift­ing three years ago. Al­though he never com­peted in weightlift­ing be­fore 2016, he credits a life­long com­mit­ment to fit­ness and com­pet­i­tive na­ture for his suc­cess.

“I’ve dab­bled in and out of the weight room all my ca­reer, but I’ve been phys­i­cally ac­tive for dif­fer­ent things all my life,” he said, adding he has also ben­e­fit­ted from com­mu­nity sup­port. “I want to thank all my friends and fam­ily that helped me along this jour­ney.”

CON­TRIBUTED PHO­TOS

Rob Dyke presses dur­ing the NAPF Pan-Amer­i­can Bench Press Cham­pi­onship in Costa Rica Oct. 26.

Rob Dyke shows off his gold and bronze medals fol­low­ing the NAPF Pan-Amer­i­can Bench Press Cham­pi­onship in Costa Rica Oct. 26.

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