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More uplifting results for Team Santavy

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Dave Paul

A quartet of weightlifters coached by Dalas Santavy competed at the Ontario Junior Championships in Oakville on Dec. 3.

All four athletes had stellar results, and all qualified to represent Ontario at the Canadian Junior Championships in Montreal.

Phenom Boady Santavy made only two lifts, but his total of 325 kg (150 snatch, 175 clean and jerk) was good enough to take home ‘top lifter of the meet’ honours.

“He just did enough to win the whole thing,” said Boady’s father and coach Dalas.

“He’s receiving some funding now and it was mandatory for him to compete at this event,” he explained.

The focus is now on the Canadians Junior Championship in Montreal on Jan. 14 where Boady, who competes in the 94 kilo class, will attempt to qualify for the 2017 Junior Worlds.

Brother Noah Santavy won the 77 kilo category, making all six of his lifts to finish with a 261 kg total (118 and 143), and was the third ranked lifter at the meet.

Dalas Santavy described it as a “breakthrough performance.”

Team Santavy’s two female lifters also had strong performances with Dalas’ daughter Alana making four of six lifts to finish with a 129 kg total, and Olivia Freer making five of six attempts for a 127 total.

They were ranked 11th and 12th respectively in a field of more than 30 female lifters.

“The girls did well … they missed a couple of lifts,” said Santavy. “I guess from a coach’s perspective there’s room for improvement. But they were both competing in front of a big crowd for the first time. I’m sure they were a bit nervous.”

Also competing at the Junior Provincials was local lifter Emily Chute, representing the Fury Club.

Competing in the 69 kilo class, she was successful on four of six attempts, finishing with a 113 kg total (47 snatch and 66 clean and jerk).

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