Abbotsford's Jon Wolbers took home a handful of medals at the WADBL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in November.

Abbotsford’s Wolbers named best lifter

An Abbotsford weightlifter claimed top prize in his class at the WADBL World Bench Press and Deadlift Championships in Las Vegas, which occurred on Nov. 15.

Jon Wolbers won gold in the bench press, deadlift and “push and pull” overall category for the 200 pound, 68 to 74 age category. Wolbers was also named best overall lifter.

Wolbers bench pressed 369 pounds, and deadlifted 562 pounds to win gold in each category. His combined total of 930 pounds (each number is rounded to the nearest whole figure) beat the old record of 864 pounds.

Wolbers has been powerlifting for 25 years. He said he hopes his performance shows that even older men and women can compete at a high level.