Record-setting lift for Wolbers

Jon Wolbers of Abbotsford set a world age-class weightlifting record at an event in Reno, Nevada earlier this month.

Jon Wolbers brought home some hardware from the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters Worlc Championships earlier this month.

Jon Wolbers of Abbotsford set a world age-class weightlifting record at an event in Reno, Nevada earlier this month.

The 63-year-old, competing at the World Association of Benchers and Deadlifters (WABDL)World Championships, hoisted 568.8 pounds in the deadlift. That set a new standard in the law and fire age 56 and above 220-pound class.

Wolbers, who serves as a volunteer with Abbotsford Community Policing, had his sights set on the record from the outset. He’d previously held the record at 562 pounds, only to see another competitor break it with a lift of 567 pounds earlier this year.

“I wrote it on my hand, so I knew exactly what I had to do,” Wolbers said with a chuckle. “I was very happy with my deadlift.”

The record-breaking lift earned Wolbers an additional award – he was named the best deadlifter in all weight classes within the 56-plus age group.

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