It’s already been a record-setting year for local powerlifter Josh Hancott.
In March, he set a 74-kilogram junior division world record with a 529-pound squat at the Arnold Sports Festival in Ohio, and a few months later established seven new Canadian standards in the 83kg class — in both junior and the men’s open category — at the provincial championships.
But this weekend, the 19-year-old from St. John’s will look to add a couple more to his collection at the Eastern Canadian powerlifting championship in Sydney, N.S.
However, the majority of records he plans to break are his own.
“I’ll be doing more weight, so technically, yes, I’ll be breaking records, but it will be just resetting my own for the junior class.”
In junior competition, Hancott hopes to break his existing squat (529 pounds), bench (336 pounds) and total lift (1,355 pounds), while retaking his deadlift record, which was broken by a British Columbia lifter earlier this year. He’ll need to hoist more than 545 pounds to do so.
Hancott’s world record squat has since been bested — Bronco Deiranauw from the South Pacific island nation of Nauru set the new world mark of 545 pounds this summer — but he hopes to re-establish his hold on the standard should he qualify for the world championships next June in South Africa. To do so, he’ll need to win the 74kg junior class at nationals next April in St. Catherine’s, Ont.
With no funding support from Sport Canada and with the Newfoundland and Labrador Powerlifting Association unable to offer financial assistance, Hancott, like all lifters in his fringe sport, is responsible for all costs associated with his record setting endeavours.
“This flight is paid for on Aeroplan, the next one will be on Air Miles,” Hancott says with a chuckle, “but for the South African flight, I’m going to try and get some local sponsors if I can. That’s an expensive ticket. The whole trip is going to be a lot of money.”