They're ready to bear the weight of the worlds

POWERLIFTING

John Browne jbrowne@thetelegram.com
Published on October 28, 2009
Above, Tom Kean will be one of three Newfoundlanders competing in the world power lifting championships, beginning this weekend in New Delhi, India. Bottom left, Justin Miller and Luke Pike. Above photo by Kenn Oliver/The Telegram

Tom Kean isn't in powerlifting for fame and fortune. He chuckles at the suggestion.

In fact, since there is no national team funding for powerlifters, it will cost the St. John's native about $3,500 out of his own pocket for the honour of representing Canada at the world championships in New Delhi, India next month.

It's all about the love of the sport.

Kean, one of four Canadian athletes registered for the event Nov. 2-7, leaves Saturday, beginning the long trip to New Delhi.

Tom Kean isn't in powerlifting for fame and fortune. He chuckles at the suggestion.

In fact, since there is no national team funding for powerlifters, it will cost the St. John's native about $3,500 out of his own pocket for the honour of representing Canada at the world championships in New Delhi, India next month.

It's all about the love of the sport.

Kean, one of four Canadian athletes registered for the event Nov. 2-7, leaves Saturday, beginning the long trip to New Delhi.

Three of the four Canadians at the competition are from this province. Joining Kean are 18-year-old Justin Miller of St. John's, whom Kean has coached, Luke Pike from Grand Bank and another athlete from Ontario.

Miller, who turns 19 in December, is competing strictly for the experience. He actually qualified for the world juniors in Brazil, but that would have meant travelling to South America by himself which was a bit daunting.

Kean, who is 37, missed a bronze medal by two and a half kilos at last year's world championship in St. John's.

Although he came close to a medal in 2008, he isn't about to predict a podium finish this time around.

"I would never say that. I'll just go over and do the best I can, that's all," he said.

Getting so close is simply more motivation than disappointment for Kean.

"I'm ranked fourth (in the world) going in, but (the) third (seed) this year is about 40 kilos ahead of me," noted Kean, who plans to continue in the sport for years to come.

"I can still get stronger for four or five years, based on other competitors across Canada," he said.

Kean, who has provincial records in the squat, bench, deadlift and total lift, as well as everything but the national squat mark to his credit, hopes to compete three more years before he'll switch to the masters (40-plus years) category.

Kean, who has been on the national bench and powerlifting team since 2003, will take part in the 75 kg weight category with about 15 other competitors in his division in India.

jbrowne@thetelegram.com