Maleeka Virtue Selected as Weightlifting Award.
Maleeka Virtue is not a typical
weightlifter. Or is she? One
of the outstanding characteristics of
sports, fitness, and athletics in this
day and age is that the atypical is
the new typical, and that is certainly
true of Maleeka, this year’s Lions’
Club Weightlifting Award winner.
“She has shown the most drive
and dedication of any club member
this year,” according to Kyle Pichie
of the Cornwall Weightlifting
Club, which currently trains out
of Caveman Strong. “In the long
term, she has tremendous potential
By Casey Leger as a weightlifter,” says Pichie, who
coaches and trains club members.
That’s high praise, and it’s
certainly justified: at 14, Maleeka is
2 kilos (4.4 lbs.) away from breaking
the juvenile record of 53 kilos (116.6
lbs.) for the “snatch”, which is one
of her favorite lifts. She competes
in the under 48 kilo division, and
if you’ve followed the math, she
weighs in at a maximum of 105.6
pounds, so she’s lifting above her
body weight. Not impressed yet?
This grade eight student is squatting
185 pounds on a regular basis.