Meet the Team
Mike is a father of four and currently lives in Trenton Ontario with his wife Christa. Mike works at Sigma Stretch Film managing departments handling production scheduling, purchasing and global imports. Sigma Stretch Film is globally one of the largest privately owned plastic film manufactures with over 600 million pounds of capacity.
Mike started weightlifting at the age of 8 under his brother Larry Robinson at the Kirkland Lake Weightlifting Club. Mike was formerly OWA VP of Operations and is currently on the National Coaching Committee of Canada as Canada Games representative. He is a shareholder of CrossFit Trent, head coach of Adamantium Weightlifting, and is a NCCP national level coach in training.
Mike plans on working towards creating and expanding on current policies to help foster positive training environments, removing obstacles for team Ontario, and continue the current plans to increase revenue and communication. He also looks forward to expanding his current relationships with CWFHC and Canadian Masters Federation.
As VP Finance some of my responsibilities include bookkeeping, issuing payments, working with Accountants for Audits and Financial Statements. I have been involved with weightlifting since 2004. I have competed at Ontario Championships, Canadian Masters and Pan Am Masters competitions. I continue to be an active Masters Weightlifter. In my day job I work as a Network Engineer in the telecom industry. My Christian Faith is a very important part of who I am. Other interests include business, economics, health-fitness and playing guitar.
Biography coming soon.
A late-entrant to the sport (by way of CrossFit), Paul quickly fell in love with weightlifting. He started Hamilton Barbell in 2014 and has since been involved with the OWA as a lifter, coach, technical official, and most recently a board member. His major focus is restructuring and organizing the administration to maximize output for its members and he looks forward to giving back as much as possible to the community. His 'day job' is as a Tech Lead for major software projects in the GTA.
Ruth has always had an active lifestyle - from playing varsity volleyball, basketball, and track and field in high school to CrossFitting since 2012. Her partner began competing and she always watched from the sidelines. It didn't take her long as she began competing in Olympic weightlifting in 2015 and loves the feeling of stepping onto a platform. She is hoping to make a return after giving birth to her daughter in 2017. With the CrossFit PTBO Weightlifting Club being very active, it only made sense to be involved in a higher level.
Amanda has been an OWA athlete since 2011, discovering weightlifting while a student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Since then, she has gradually advanced from a beginner weightlifter to the international stage, representing Canada at multiple international events each year since the Pan Am Games in 2015. Still an active competitor, Amanda is looking to contribute to the OWA behind the scenes, as Competition Administrator. She hopes to apply her experiences to this work to assist in increase high-performance weightlifting in Ontario.
Svetlana’s (Lana) introduction to fitness started with Kettlebell Sport, followed by CrossFit, and finally Olympic Weightlifting. She’s a Category 3 Technical Official and a master’s athlete, who competes for fun in the 49kg weight class under the guidance of Hani Kanama of Toronto Weightlifting. Her involvement in Weightlifting fueled her interest in the sport, which eventually led her to pursue the position of part-time Administrator for the OWA. With this role, she aims to streamline processes and improve communication within our members.
SOCIAL MEDIA ADMINISTRATOR
Stella began weightlifting under the guidance of generous coaches in London and Sarnia Ontario in 2006. From 2007-2012, Stella competed as a 48kg lifter at the provincial level. Since then she has continued to use weightlifting as her primary way to stay fit and active. Grateful for the Ontario weightlifting community and the generosity it shows to lifters from the novice level to the elite, Stella looks forward to using her role as social media administrator to remain involved in the community. Through this role Stella aims to help promote the sport of weightlifting, engage OWA members, and celebrate our athletes. Stella’s ‘day job’ is as a professor and scientist in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto and St. Michael’s Hospital.