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Tilman Gallant will be participating in the World Masters Bench Press Championships later this week. This photo is of Gallant competing in the Canadian National Powerlifting Championships in 2013 in Richmond, B.C.
Tilman Gallant of Summerside has his goals set for this week’s World Masters Bench Press Championships in Northumberland, England.
Lifting in the master three, 83kg category, Gallant wants to win a medal and break a national and a commonwealth record.
“I believe that I do have a chance to bring home a medal, but there’s, of course, no guarantee,” he said.
“I just have to do my best and hope that I succeed. My training is going really well.”
The International Powerlifting Federation event takes place Thursday to Sunday, with Gallant competing on Friday at 8 a.m. ADT. A live feed can be found at www.goodlift.info.
Gallant, a 66-year-old powerlifter, has been involved in the sport since he was 38 and started competing at 40.
Having competed in three previous world championships, Gallant placed fourth the first two times and won silver and broke a Commonwealth record the last time. Nationally, he has won eight gold, a silver and two bronze medals and has broken 28 national records since he turned 50 years old.
Gallant is one of only two Canadians lifting at this event. Gallant said travelling to the event would not have been possible without the support of sponsors.