12 Wing weight lifter strikes gold

News Article / July 6, 2017

By Corporal Jennifer Chiasson

Master Corporal Gabriel Auclair lifted himself to the centre spot on the podium on May 21, 2017, after winning a National Gold Medal during the Senior Canadian Weightlifting Championships in La Prairie, Quebec.

Year after year, it seems that more people step into the world of competitive weightlifting, while others dedicate themselves to the sport from a very young age. 12 Wing Shearwater, Nova Scotia, is pleased to introduce one such person, Master Corporal Gabriel Auclair, who has kept his focus on his goals from a young age. That focus has led him to gold.

Master Corporal Auclair, from Lachute Quebec, is an aviation systems technician at 12 Wing. He has contributed to the maritime helicopter community at 423 Maritime Helicopter Squadron and 406 Maritime Operational Training Squadron at Shearwater, and 443 Maritime Helicopter Squadron at Patricia Bay, British Columbia, for the past 15 years.

“I started the sport when I was 15 years old, in my high school,” he says. “I stopped when I joined the Canadian Armed Forces at 17, and I restarted the sport when I was 26 years old.” 

With passion, dedication and support from his coach, Guy Marineau, Master Corporal Auclair has surpassed his goal not only by competing at the national level, but also by taking home a gold medal with a Snatch weight of 144 kilograms (317 pounds) and a Clean and Jerk weight of 193 kilograms (425 pounds).

“At this point, I want the 2018 Commonwealth Games,” he says. “I am, at the moment, able to participate in the next event held in Toronto—Summerfest—to hopefully qualify for the 2017 Senior World Championship and the 2017 Commonwealth Championship. I have to participate in one of those two competitions to be chosen for the 2018 Commonwealth Games.”

Master Corporal Auclair is continuing his training four to six times a week, with the hope of reaching his objective of competing in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

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