All in the family: Weightlifters win three medals in Collingwood

Weightlifter Boady Santavy of Sarnia has a goal of representing Canada at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto next summer Barry Wright, The Journal

Barry Wright

Sarnia’s Boady Santavy continues a relentless march to his dream of competing for Canada in weightlifting at the Pan-Am Games in Toronto next summer.

Santavy won the 85-kilo class in record fashion at the recent Blue Mountain Open Weightlifting event in Collingwood with a snatch lift of 135 kilo and a clean and jerk of 166 kilo, for a total score of 301 kilos.

He was THE top lifter among 70 competitors.

After being denied a chance to represent Canada at the Youth Olympics in China this month, Santavy’s goal in Collingwood was to lift what would have been a medal performance at the Games in China.

He fell just shy, but believes with stiffer international competition he could have made the podium at the Youth Games.

He was a few kilos away from the silver medal performance in China.

His father and coach, Dalas Santavy, said the event was a good stepping-stone for 17-year-old Boady.

“He is now the top ranked junior and youth lifter in the country.” he said. “Pound for pound, he is now the strongest kid in Canada.”

Meanwhile, two other Santavy siblings fared well at the Blue Mountain competition.

Noah, 15, was second in the 69-kilo class and is now the top ranked junior lifter in Ontario in his weight class, and 11-year-old Bradyn was first in the 56-kilo category in his first ever competition. Bradyn was the only competitor in his class but had an overall personal best, lifting more than his body weight with his snatch lift.

Boady and Noah have set their sights on the Ontario Junior Weightlifting Championships in Toronto in December.

Bradyn will turn his attention to minor hockey, where he is winger with the Sarnia Sting AAA Minor Atoms.