Ed and Brenda Ferguson show off the medals they won at the Canadian/Pan Am Weightlifting Championships recently.— Submitted photo Ed and Brenda Ferguson show off the medals they won at the Canadian/Pan Am Weightlifting Championships recently.— Submitted photo

Fergusons earn gold at nationals weightlifting

Brenda and Ed Ferguson are local seniors who simply love lifting heavy weights.

Brenda is 75 years old and Ed is 83 years old. They still compete in weightlifting and recently both earned gold medals at the Canadian/Pan Am Masters Weightlifting Championships that was held in Gaspe, Que. recently.

Ed went six-for-six on his lifts. He snatched 35 kg and clean and jerked 46 kg to win the gold medal in the men over 80, 85-kg body weight category. He took top honours in the Canadian Masters and also in the Pan Am section of the competition.

Brenda also took home Canadian and Pan Am gold medals after completing all three snatch lifts for a best of 25 kg, and clean and jerked 33 kg to win the women 75-79, in the 75-kg body weight category. She also won a silver medal as a member of the Western team in the team competition.

The next challenge for both is the World Masters Weightlifting Championships to be held in Montreal in 2019.

Ed, who has a weightlifting class at Limitless Gym in Parksville, will attempt to beat Canadian records for the snatch and clean and jerk that he set at the age of 80. Brenda on the other hand will focus on setting new world marks in her age/weight category.

— NEWS Staff

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