RICHMOND’S Sumeet Sharma has once again won gold for Canada at the North American Powerlifting Championships in Costa Rica on October 16 with a bench press of 350 pounds.
Powerlifting is a strength sport that consists of three attempts at maximum weight on any of three lifts: squat, bench press, and deadlift.
“It was a huge honor and privilege to win gold for Canada,” he told The VOICE, adding: “My next event will be in March in Newfoundland, where I will be competing at the Nationals. Nationals is the biggest powerlifting event in Canada. More than 2,000 athletes compete at the event.”
Sumeet also competed at the last North American Powerlifting Championships in Panama in 2019 and won gold for Canada then as well.
Sumeet has been working in BC Corrections for the past eight years. He earned his degree in criminology from Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
He has been competing in powerlifting since 2016. He bagged gold in both 2017 and 2018 at the Western Powerlifting Championships. He also placed 4th in powerlifting in Canada in 2018. He represented Canada at the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championship in Newfoundland in 2019, winning silver in bench press.