Summerside lifter heading to world event

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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

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.

Organizations: International Powerlifting Federation

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  • Nikkie Gallant
    April 18, 2014 - 17:49

    I'm one of Tilman's daughters, and I thought I should give you all an update. He competed today, and earned a bronze medal! He sent this message out a moment ago and I wanted to share it: "Thank you everyone for all of your support and encouragement. It really means a lot to know that you're back home cheering me on! Thank you to The City of Summerside , Bakin' Donuts (Water Street), Scott Grady of Absolute Results, Clark's Toyota, and friends who have directly supported my coming here. Thank you to Jill MacFarlane for her media help. A special thanks to John Beres, who is lifting tomorrow, for acting as my coach over here. He's been a tremendous help and I really don't know how I could have done this without him. Thank you to JP Richard, my longtime friend and lifting partner/coach, who continues to give me support and encouragement. I hope I'm as big of a support to you as you are to me. For me to be able to compete at this age with the best in the world is a huge honour, but to be able to stand on the podium and represent my country in the top 3 is really amazing. What I'm really trying to say is thank you all for your support and well wishes. It's appreciated more than you know." - Tilman Gallant