Local siblings lift big

Trio of Abbotsford siblings compete at 2015 Junior Doug Hepburn

A trio of Abbotsford siblings recently made an impact in the world of youth weightlifting.

Twin siblings Ben John and Carmela John, along with their younger sister Clarice John all excelled at the 2015 Junior Doug Hepburn event at the BLM Barbell Club in Abbotsford on Oct. 4.

Ben, age 12, earned first place in the snatch competiton, successfully completing lifts of 20, 24 and 28 kilograms. He then placed second in the clean and jerk and won his 50 kg division.

His twin sister Carmela completed snatches of 10, 13 and 15 kg and completed clean and jerks of 15 and 19 kg to earn first place in her female 69 kg division.

Younger sister Clarice John, age 10, had successful snatches of seven, nine and 11 kg, and completed clean and jerks of 10, 12 and 14 kg. Clarice placed second in her 44 kg division

The next big event at BLM Barbell is on Nov. 8, when a powerlifting meet comes to town. An Olympic weightlifting competition comes to the facility on Nov. 14.