Meet the Staff

Amanda Braddock

Competition Administrator

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 Roguel


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.

Bethany Wilson

Social Media Administrator - Engagement

Beth has been competing in the OWA since 2018 and currently represents The Vault Barbell Club. She loves the weightlifting community and loves the idea of being able to be more involved and be engaged with the athletes.

Nikkie Quero

Social Media Administrator - Communication

Nikkie has worked for the Peel District School Board as a Designated Early Childhood Educator since 2013. She competed in her first competition at the Toronto Pro Show and has been an active member of the OWA since 2016. Nikkie is currently a Level 3 Technical Official and represents Battlefield Strength as a 55kg athlete. Being involved in the weightlifting community grew her passion into taking another role with the OWA, to help excel the sport of weightlifting through social media.

John Florento

Social Media Administrator - Communication

If you’ve been to an OWA event in the past 6 years, there’s a high possibility that you’ve seen John in some capacity. John prides himself on being at as many competitions either as an athlete, coach or technical official. John continues to compete regularly at all levels of competitions. He has competed at the levels of Provincial, National and International competitions both as a Senior and Masters athlete. John’s passion and objective in taking this position is to grow the sport of Weightlifting in Ontario and to get as many people involved in the sport he loves.