SUMEET Sharma of B.C. will now be competing at the world powerlifting championships in the Czech Republic in May after winning first place at the Canadian Powerlifting Union National Championships in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in the 93 kg weight category.
He bench pressed 160 kg to bag first place, defeating competitors from Alberta, Manitoba, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island.
Sumeet, who works in BC Corrections, bagged a gold medal for Team Canada at the North American Powerlifting Championships in Panama City last October.
Since then he has received a raft of invitations from schools across the Lower Mainland to speak to kids and was recently honoured by Khalsa Diwan Society’s Ross Street Gurdwara in Vancouver for being an inspirational role model for youth.
He continues to be invited to schools for presentations and will be speaking at Guru Angad Dev Elementary School in Surrey next month.
He told this newspaper a few weeks ago: “I was just one of those kids in high school that was quite overweight and ate deep-fried food and bought lunch from vending machines,” he said. “When I went to Douglas College, I took some health science classes and that really changed my perspective. I started talking to trainers, instructors and getting into fitness. I was about 210 lb. With dieting and eating right I went down to 173 lb within six to eight months.”
He tells the kids that his dream had always been to win a gold medal for the country and he did it. “And if I can do it, you guys can do it – whether they want to be a doctor or a lawyer or a nurse or a businessperson, whatever,” he adds.