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Powerlifting Community Honours A Pioneer

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One the driving forces behind powerlifting in Ontario has been honoured in Brant County.

BRANTFORD - An Ontario powerlifting pioneer has been inducted into the Brant, Oakland and Onondaga Sport Hall of Fame.

Bill Jamison helped start the Ontario Powerlifting Association back in the 70's. He also played a role in introducing the Canadian Powerlifting Union and the International Powerlifting Federation.

Jamison says if you enjoyed power lifting back in the day, you had to be more than just an athlete.

"We still competed at our sport but we also had to become referees and part of the executive. If you want something like this done you just have do a lot of it yourself or with your friends."

He also established the Steel City Powerlifting Club in 1969; making it Canada's oldest powerlifting club to date.

Jamison says people commonly mistake powerlifting for Olympic weight lifting. Olympic weight lifting requires speed and power to do the quick lift over your head. 

He says powerlifting tests your strength in three ways; the squat, the bench press and lastly the deadlift.

"It's a lift off the ground. The bar can't go down, once it starts moving up you have to go into the finish position with your shoulders back and your knees locked straight. It's a test of back strength."

Jamison is still an international powerlifting referee to this day.

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