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Kipling weightlifted her way to a silver medal

Nicolette Kipling was back at Jim’s Gym in Parksville after capturing silver at a recent weightlifting competition in Port Alberni. Kipling is training with coach Ed Fergusson (in the mirror) for the upcoming Seafest Competition in White Rock. - Tyson Taylor photo
Nicolette Kipling was back at Jim’s Gym in Parksville after capturing silver at a recent weightlifting competition in Port Alberni. Kipling is training with coach Ed Fergusson (in the mirror) for the upcoming Seafest Competition in White Rock.
— image credit: Tyson Taylor photo

Nicolette Kipling came away with a silver medal at the recent A&R Memorial weightlifting competition in Port Alberni.

In a packed division, coach Ed Fergusson said Kipling held her own and competed very well. The maximum allowed for an event like this is 18 participants, so it was a competitive field.

“Nicolette did really well,” Fergusson said. “Finishing second is no small feat, that’s for sure. But in an event like this where the top woman has been competing at a national level and there were so many competitors, it was good. If she really wanted to, Nicolette could train her way to competing at that level. She’s definitely got what it takes.”

Kipling had just returned from a trip to Australia and had to work hard to get back into shape heading into this event.

“Yeah, I came back from my trip and wasn’t really ready,” Kipling said. “We worked hard at it and got back to a point that I felt good enough to take part in this tournament. I had the chance to compete in the provincials but I ended up going on my trip instead, so hopefully this time around I’ll be in there.”

Kipling was back at it with her coach, working hard for the upcoming 42nd Annual Seafest Competition at the end of June, taking part at Semiahmoo School in White Rock. From there, Kipling will look to train for the Canadian Westerns and the nationals, which could eventually lead into competing at the Pan Am Games.

“I think if I really applied myself, I could give it a good run. It’s just a matter of really getting going on it all,” Kipling said. “Putting in the hard work in the gym is the biggest thing and to be able to put that focus together and reach the Pan Am Games would be a dream come true.”

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