Host club wins SeaFest weightlifting competition

Tsawwassen’s Paul Goldberg strains to lift the bar during the SeaFest competition Saturday; - James Maclennan photo
Tsawwassen’s Paul Goldberg strains to lift the bar during the SeaFest competition Saturday;
— image credit: James Maclennan photo

The hosts from Semi Weightlifting Club were the class of last weekend’s SeaFest competition, finishing first in the overall team standings.

Semi’s ‘A’ team collected 880 points, which was 277 better than the second-place finishers, Capilano Weightlifting Club, from North Vancouver. The Surrey Lions rounded out the podium, finishing in bronze-medal position.

“It went really well – we had some great performances,” said Semi coach, and meet organizer, Dieter Stamm.

In total, 58 lifters – ranging in age from teenagers to masters division athletes – from 14 different clubs took part in the meet, which was held over two days at Semiahmoo Secondary last weekend.

Semi Weightlifting Club’s Christine Girard – an Olympian and one of Canada’s top lifters – won gold in her division and was named the meet’s top female lifter, while Michael Chiang, from the Simon Fraser University-based Ultimate Weightlifting Club, was named the top male lifter.

New members needed

The Semi Weightlifting Club is currently seeking new members, especially those in high school.

“We don’t have many junior members, and we’d like to get more – both boys and girls,” Stamm said.

For more information on the club, including how to join, visit


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