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For the Record...or Should I Say Records!
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Dylan, is a 15 year old paraplegic child. He was born with Spina Bifida and confined to a wheelchair. He has lived in Grande Prairie since 1998. He currently attends high school and is in grade 10. Amongst his studies, e plays ...

Dylan, is a 15 year old paraplegic child. He was born with Spina Bifida and confined to a wheelchair. He has lived in Grande Prairie since 1998. He currently attends high school and is in grade 10. Amongst his studies, e plays wheelchair basketball competitively and is on the Alberta Junior team for the second year in a row. He is now also a team member for the Canada Games in Prince George, B.C next March.

A year an a half ago, he asked what he could do to be bigger, faster, & stronger. I suggested that he start training functionally at the gym. He did and that's when this story gets interesting. We took the suggestion of world class & world record holding powerlifter, Barry Antoniow to pursue parapowerlifting. He trains locally with a trainer through World Gym and she corresponds with Barry out of Vernon, B.C. Dylans very first competition last August proved very successful and he made unofficial provincial records in his age and weight class. He continued to perform a successful lift last October. He qualifies for the Canadian Powerlifting Union National Event in St. Catharines, Ontario in April. There, he will compete as a sub junior contender but will potentially set sub junior, junior and open records for his weight class of under 49 kgs. He is a PanAm hopeful for 2015 and from there on the quest for qualification to the Summer Games in Rio in 2016. To the best of my knowledge he is the first athlete of his kind to represent Alberta in this sport, this age group and ability group. 

Help us support him and his hefty goals. He displays strength, fortitude and a "no excuses" committment to his goals. When a community backs it's members, great things happen!

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