Parapan Am Excitement Sparks Canadian Powerlifter’s Personal Best

August 9, 2015

TORONTO (August 9, 2015) -- Canadian powerlifter Dylan Sparks set a personal best today with a lift of 80 kgs at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games. The 17-year-old from Grande Prairie, Alta finished seventh in the men’s 59kg category.

“I performed even better than I expected,” said Sparks. “There’s an amazing atmosphere here at the Parapan Am Games!”

Sparks’ competition got off to a rocky start when his first lift of 72 kgs was disqualified. On the next lift, however, he corrected the problem and received three white lights on his 75 kg attempt, signifying a perfect lift. On his third attempt, he successfully lifted 80 kg. Sparks’ previous personal best was 70 kg, which he earned at the 2015 IPC Powerlifting Americas Open Championships in March.

Sparks is the youngest powerlifter in the competition and the first Canadian powerlifter to compete at the Parapan Am Games since 2007. Next, he will focus on qualifying for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by intensifying his training and fundraising for qualification tournaments in Dubai and Malaysia in February.