Callum Maclagan prepares to lift in Port McNeill meet.

Power on display in McNeill

There was indeed a show of strength at the Coast Forest Industries Ltd. gym in Port McNeill last weekend.

The Iron Chisel, a Special Olympics Powerlifting team from Port McNeill, hosted a powerlifting meet against Team Dog from Campbell River on Saturday, Nov. 12.

Iron Chisel team members Anthony Schofield, Tony Shepley, and John Bee all competed in three different type of lifts, the squat, the bench press, and the deadlift, and all three broke their own personal lifting records while wowing the audience that came out to cheer them on.

Another attraction was the massive Callum Maclagan from Campbell River, who easily deadlifted over 400 pounds without breaking a sweat.

Maclagan was accompanied by Team Dog teammates Tye Cranton and Mickey Hildebrandt.

Maclagan’s dad, George, stopped to talk to this reporter about how his son got started in the Special Olympics powerlifting world.

“He’s been lifting for eight years now,” said George. “God made him big. He found powerlifting on his own, and then I became his coach.”

George joked that Callum “coaches me as much as I coach him,” before adding that they wanted to hold this meet in Port McNeill to help “build Special Olympics powerlifting around the province. I just love the Special Olympics and how it gives back to my family.

“I get to watch Callum grow as a person and it makes a world of difference in my life. It keeps him focused. He’s got goals and all those come from Special Olympics powerlifting.”

The Iron Chisel’s coaches Rob Engel and Chris Stewart were thrilled with how the meet went for their team.

“I thought it went fantastic,” said Stewart, adding that anytime you “get a group of individuals together in the Special Olympics community, it’s really special. You could feel the excitement in the air. I saw tears – I saw people crying.”

Stewart, who’s been coaching the team for two years now, stated their next meet will probably be down in Richmond, where they’re going to compete in the Westerns.

When asked what his favourite moment from the meet was, Stewart replied that “When you see an individual pick up over 400 pounds, that’s enough to make any man stop and do a double take. Callum is unbelievable,” before adding that he was equally proud of his own team.

“It was amazing to see these young fellows achieve their personal best on different stations, and that’s huge.”

Just Posted

Report: City of Campbell River needs a maintenance plan for Nunns Creek Nature Trust

Extensive ecological inventory shows both the good and the bad of city-leased lands downtown

Campbell River Fire Department douses truck fire on Inland Island Highway

A driver pulled over when the engine in his truck started smoking… Continue reading

High-speed internet connectivity for coastal communities one step closer to reality

Sub-sea fibre-optic cable will circle Vancouver Island and connect the North Coast to Vancouver

The Campbell River Festival of Films announces winter season line up

The Campbell River Festival of Films (CRFF) has unveiled its 2018 Winter… Continue reading

VIDEO: Orcas put on a show near Hornby Island

Louis Jobodin shares photos and video of his experience

WATCH: Giant waves smash Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point

Folks made their way to Ucluelet’s Amphitrite Point Lighthouse on Thursday, Jan.… Continue reading

WestJet appeals lost bid to scrap harassment lawsuit

Airline argues judge was wrong to have dismissed the company’s application to strike the legal action

Can U.S. border guards search your phone? Yes, and here’s how

Secretary of homeland security explains a new policy that let’s border guards check phones

‘Beautiful writer’ Nancy Richler dies of cancer in Vancouver hospital

Montreal-born author spent most of her adult life in B.C. as a fiction writer and novelist

Jury convicts spear-wielding Duncan man in 2015 Ladysmith RV park murder

Trever George Meers used a handmade spear to stab Rayna Johnson at the Campers Corners RV Park

Students frustrated by UBCO response to harassment allegations

Students on the Kelowna campus were unaware of resources and worried about lack of communication

Opinion: Dare to be smarter

Just say no works for more than just substance abuse

‘Sing Me a Song’ about B.C. for a chance at $1,000 contest prize

Entries due by March 30 for lieutenant-governor’s British Columbia-themed competition

Facing reality of death, B.C. man learns real meaning of life

Even while preparing for the end, something inside Keven Drews won’t let him stop living

Most Read