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.
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.
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.
David Di Donato
David was recently appointed as interim VP Operations. He graduated from Brock University with Honours of Kinesiology. Since graduating in 2013, he has worked with amateur and progressional athletes across all sports. With an interest in sports performance, this lead him to competing and eventually coaching in weightlifting. He has since opened training facilities in Hamilton and share his passion for training for performance through his facility. He looks forward to serving the Ontario Weightlifting.
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.