My name is Cheng Xu. I am an International Class IV Olympic Weightlifter, national-level competitor, and an Infantry Officer and Paratrooper in the Canadian Armed Forces. My passion for Olympic Weightlifting began when I participated in the Canadian Armed Forces Combat Fitness Program in 2010 and I have fallen in love with the sport ever since. I am a prolific competitor in the sport in both Ontario and Alberta. In 2015, I qualified for the Senior Canadian National Weightlifting Championships and finished ninth overall in the Men's 69 kg Category nationwide. As of October 2015, I achieved International Class IV classification with a 229kg total. I aim to reach the International Class III classification by the end of 2016.
My passion for weightlifting also drove me into coaching the sport. I study under the best coaches across Canada and conduct self-directed research. In 2015, I became a fully certified Olympic Weightlifting Coach in accordance with the National Coaching Certification Program. For me, coaching is a way to spread my passion for the sport and share my love with athletes from all walks of life. Currently, I am the head Olympic Weightlifting Coach at Evolve Strength in Edmonton, Alberta. I coach athletes of all levels, from novice to national level competitors. I have also conducted Weightlifting seminars and workshops at Crossfit gyms in order to continue to spread my love for the sport.
My personal goal is to compete for Canada on the international stage, as I am serving my country in a professional capacity; I wish to also serve it in an athletic capacity. I served for two years as a Platoon Commander with the Parachute Company and currently have more than twenty-five parachute jumps under my belt. I was nominated for the Canadian Armed Forces Sports Award in 2015, as well as inducted into the Military Sports exhibit for the Calgary Military Museum.
★ Silver Medalist in the Men’s 69 kg Category at the Western Canadian Weightlifting Championships (Apr 2016)
★ Bronze Medalist in the Men’s 69 kg Category at the Hokkaido Cup Competition (Jan 2016)
★ Silver Medalist in the Men’s 69 kg Category at the Senior Alberta Provincial Championships (Dec 2015)
★ Inducted Into the Calgary Military Museum’s Military Sports Exhibit (Dec 2015)
★ Silver Medalist in the Men’s 69 kg Category at the Gordon Kay Memorial Competition, also achieved International Class IV athlete status (Oct 2015)
★ Bronze Medalist in the Men’s 69 kg Category at the 11th Annual Ogopogo Open (Aug 2015)
★ Accredited with the National Coaching Certification Program as a Level 1 Weightlifting Coach (May 2015)
★ Placed 9th in the Men’s 69 kg Category at the Senior Canadian National Weightlifting Championships (May 2015)
★ Nominated for the Canadian Armed Forces Sports Award (Feb 2015)
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