Hmmm….Not too sure where to start with this one!
Christine started weightlifting when she was 10 years old, and just never stopped. Her athlete career brought her to work with lots of different coaches and she was exposed to lots of different visions and philosophies. After finishing 4th in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, she moved from Québec to BC and decided to coach herself. Learning to build her own program was quite a challenge, mostly because she trained 8 times a week, but she did it the best she could and, with the help of her husband, was able to reach a Bronze medal in 2012 Olympic in London.
She started to coach when she was a teenager, teaching technique to new athletes. In 2010, she really started to take coaching others seriously, when a few athletes came to her for help. She has coached lots of high level athletes from BC including Katelynn William, Parm Phangura, Justin Ott and the amazing JOEL HUGH!
Walter started weightlifting in 2001. In 2005, he became Canadian Junior Champion in the 69kg category and set several BC Junior Records. Later that same year, he participated in his first international event as an athlete at the Junior World Championship in Korea.
In 2006 Walter moved to from BC to Quebec, where he trained along side several National Team members, including his future wife Christine Girard. During this time, Walter moved up to the 77kg category and won a bronze medal at the Canadian Senior Championships in 2008, and participated in two more international events (the World University Championships and North American Championships). This was Walter’s last year where his focus was training, and he ended his athletic career with best competition lifts of 123kg Snatch and 154kg C&J as a 77kg lifter.
In 2009 Walter moved back to BC with his wife, 2008 Olympian and Kilophile Head coach, Christine Girard. From 2008 until 2012, Walter’s main focus became assisting in Coaching Christine in preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games. Walter also assisted in Coaching Christine during the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympic Games.
Following Christine’s success at the 2012 Olympics, Walter assisted in the founding of the Kilophile weightlifting club.
Walter is president of the BC Weightlifting Association since 2011 and is an active coach (and rare competitor) for the Kilophile Weightlifting Club. Walter is a fully NCCP certified coach and National Level Technical Official.
Joel started weightlifting in 1998. Only a couple years later, he started coaching in competition and loved it right way. He kept training on and off thru all the years, but coached in competition at every opportunity he had including the 2011 and 2012 Nationals.
In 2012, he founded Kilophile Weightlifting club and became really serious with his own training. With Christine, he learned how to build programs and together, they help him reach a higher level of performance than ever. He competed at 2014 and 2015 National where he finished 5th both times.
What is also worth mentioning for Joel, is the fact that he lost more than 50 pounds to go from the 85kg to the 62kg weight class, all in 8 months and without affecting his lifts. This was a pretty impressive change in his life.