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Meet the Staff

Alison Manning


Alison has participated in a wide variety of sports ranging from figure skating and swimming to rock climbing and scuba diving. She started CrossFit in 2017 and quickly fell in love with the barbell. Shortly after, she made the switch to Olympic Weightlifting and now trains with Godspeed Weightlifting Club in Perth. As her interest in the sport of weightlifting has grown, so too has her desire to contribute to the organization.

Dimitrije Mancic

Competition Administrator

Dimitrije started his weightlifting journey while attending the University of Guelph, with his 1st competition being the 2019 Toronto Pro SuperShow. Since then, he has been working towards improving himself in weightlifting, as well as seeking further involvement in the sport. Dimitrije now works as a strength and conditioning coach at LIFT Fitness and Performance, and competes under LIFT Barbell Club as a 96 kg athlete. As both an athlete and coach, Dimitrije seeks to motivate more junior athletes to compete in the sport of Olympic weightlifting, and to make competitions enjoyable for athletes and spectators.

Ruth Cheng

Social Media Administrator - Engagement

Ruth started CrossFit in 2012 and loved it so much that her and her partner, Dave, opened up CrossFit PTBO in 2015. That was when she was introduced to the sport of Olympic weightlifting and has slowly been more involved with the OWA over the years. She was the VP of Operations for two years and recently has become a Level 4 Technical Official. She is excited to promote the athletes and clubs of the OWA.

Hannah Gula

Social Media Administrator - Communication

Hannah is currently completing her Honour’s Bachelour of Commerce with a major of Human Resources at Lakehead University in Thunder Bay. After retiring from a career in national level gymnastics, Hannah began competing in weightlifting, as well running on the Lakehead University track team. When she’s not in school or the gym, she loves getting outside to camp, hike, fish, and enjoy Northwestern Ontario.

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