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81-year-old rookie powerlifter breaking records, inspiring community

Ron Brunner is proof that it’s never too late to try something new.

The 81-year-old started weightlifting for the first time just six months ago.

“A friend of mine introduced me to this small gym it’s called One Family Fitness Centre. There’s about 200 members and we’re very close knit,” Brunner said.

Shortly after he was introduced to the gym he was asked if we was interested in competing in the sport.

“I sure am,” Brunner said.

It was an ambitious goal for the rookie lifter.

“When he came to us, he couldn’t even sit and get up,” his coach and owner of One Family Fitness Centre Kyla Camire said.

But Brunner was driven. Training consistently hard for The One Powerlifting Classic on Saturday March 16.

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“I’m 81 years old and I feel like I’m 61-years-old,” Brunner said.

Brunner’s first powerlifting competition is one to remember.

In front of friends from his retirement community at Riverwood Square as well as his family, Brunner competed alone in his age category securing a gold medal while adding his name to the record books.

Brunner broke provincial records and had a combined lifting score of 32.5 kilograms

“Truly inspiring to everyone. We want to encourage older people to do resistance training. Him being here is setting the bar. There is nothing to be scared of,” Camire said about Brunners lifting journey.

As for Brunner himself, he sees this as just the beginning.

“It’s something new to me and I’m not going to give that up,” Brunner said. “I’ll be back again next year.”

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