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The last lift makes all the difference for Sudbury Weightlifting Club athlete

Ranked fifth in the country in her weight class entering the 2023 Canadian Junior Weightlifting Championships in La Prairie (PQ) last weekend, Sudbury native Ambroise Stevens-Paquette trailed no one by the time her lifts were completed last Sunday.

Combining a new personal best lift in the snatch of 80 kgs (176 lbs) with a clean and jerk total of 101 kgs (222 lbs), the representative of the Sudbury Weightlifting Club would edge out a pair of lifters from the host province to claim gold.

With a flair for the dramatic, Stevens-Paquette successfully completed her final lift for the win, earning her first national junior crown only a few weeks after posting a top ten finish in her first ever appearance at Senior Nationals.

In fact, the former highly successful Cross Fit competitor has only devoted less than a year of training to her pursuit of Olympic style weightlifting, per se, though the strength she acquired through the multi-event fitness competitions that she initially entered provided a wonderful base of strength.

With coach Alex Fera adding his technical expertise to the mix, the tandem have quickly worked their way up the ranks as Stevens-Paquette hit the very top of the podium last weekend.

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