He started armwrestling in 1977
From 1978 to present he has organized and promoted over 500 tournaments (at times 30-40 a year and 3 in the same week)
2 time Canadian Champion
1997 WAF Worlds Silver medalist
1996 John Miazdzyk Award Recipient
Won the Top Promoter in Canada Award 4 times (1979, 1980, 1981, 1982)
An Alberta native who competed between the late 70's and early 90's
She won 8 World Titles (various organizations, including a WAF gold medal in 1982)
Won 20 National Titles (including stand-up and sit-down)
Won a Gold Bear title in Moscow in 1991
Named Canada's top female armwrestler 5 times in the 80's
Click here to see Brenda in her home town Hall of Fame
The Wetaskiwin Arm Wrestling Club was formed in 1980 and in 1981, Jim and I became promoters for Wetaskiwin. The North American Armwrestling Championships began in 1982 and continued until 1990. Three of those years were the “Alberta Championships”. 1987, 1988 and 1989.
Organizing tournaments spread as Millet was next in 1983. In 1984 the Millet Days Armwrestling Championships became an annual event until 1990. Approximately 25 competitors were organized in the Wetaskiwin and surrounding areas including Millet, Hobbema, Winfield, Leduc and Camrose.
My involvement spread as I became the Statistician for the Canadian Armwrestling Association from approximately 1983 - 1986. I have also helped with draw-sheets at many competitions, my sister and brother-in-law were promoters as well. She and I would do the announcing and draw-sheets while our husbands would referee.
In 1983 we added the 12 children’s classes as well as a Senior Mens class. This was a great addition to both the Wetaskiwin North-Am and Millet Days.
Later a Bench Press Competition was added to the Wetaskiwin North-Am in 1986, 1987 and 1988 which was also well accepted.
My placings in the Bench Press Competitions were as follows:
1986 - 1st (145 lift / 130 body weight)
1987 - 1st (185 lift / 135 body weight)
1988 - 1st (195 lift / 133 body weight)
Arm-wrestling and Wrist-wrestling are one in the same with exception of the grip at the start of the match. There are two styles of tables, the Stand-Up Table and the Sit-Down Table which even requires a seat belt. There are weight classes in Left or Right arm which you enter but you may also enter classes above your own, except at Worlds (Sit-Downs).
1980 Wetaskiwin North-Am - 3rd Right Open
1982 Wetaskiwin North-Am - 1st Right Light
1982 Wetaskiwin - 1st Right Light / 1st Right Open
1982 Wetaskiwin - 1st Right Open
1983 Wetaskiwin North-Am - 1st Right Open
1984 Wetaskiwin North-Am - 1st Right Open
1984 Wetaskiwin - 1st Right Light
1984 Millet Days - 1st Right Light
1985 Wetaskiwin North-Am - 2nd Right Open / 2nd Left Open
1985 Hobbema - 1st Right Open
1985 Winfield - 1st Right Light / 1st Right Open
1986 Wetaskiwin North-Am - 1st Right Open
1987 Wetaskiwin North-Am Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Light / 2nd Right Open
1988 Wetaskiwin North-Am Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Light / 2nd Right Open / 1st Left Light / 3rd Left Open
1989 Wetaskiwin North-Am Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Open / 2nd Left Open
1983 Edmonton - 1st Right Light / 1st Right Open
1985 Edmonton - 1st Right Light / 1st Right Open / 1st Left Open
1986 Edmonton - 1st Right Open
1986 Edmonton Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Open
1987 Wetaskiwin Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Light / 2nd Right Open
1988 Wetaskiwin Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Light / 2nd Right Open / 1st Left Light / 3rd Left Open
1989 Wetaskiwin Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Light / 2nd Left Open
(Western Canadian Level)
1982 Edmonton, AB - 2nd Right Open
1984 Edmonton, AB - 2nd Right Open
1985 Hudson Bay, SK - 1st Right Light / 1st Right Open
1985 Bon Accord, AB - 1st Right Open
1986 Bon Accord, AB - 1st Right Open
1986 Calgary, AB Sit-Down Table - 1st Right Light
1987 Hinton, AB - 1st Right Light / 2nd Right Open
1981 Edmonton, AB Sit-Down Table - 4th Right Open
1982 Edmonton, AB - 3rd Right Light
1982 Edmonton, AB Sit-Down Table - 2nd Right Light
1984 Entwistle, AB - 1st Left Light
1984 Calgary, AB Sit-Down Table - 1st Right 60kg
1985 Sault St Marie, ON - 2nd Right Light
1985 Edmonton, AB Sit-Down Table - 1st Right 60kg / 1st Left 60kg
1986 Hudson Bay, SK - 1st Right Light / 1st Right Open
1986 Slave Lake, AB Sit-Down Table - 1st Right 60kg / 1st Left 60kg
1987 Edmonton, AB Sit-Down Table - 1st Right 60kg / 1st Left 60kg
1988 Prince Albert, SK Sit-Down Table - 1st Right 70kg
1989 Kelowna, BC - 1st Right Light / 2nd Right Open / 1st Left Light / 1st Left Open
1990 Kelowna, BC - 1st Right Light / 1st Left Light / 1st Left Open
1991 Kelowna, BC - 1st Right Light / 1st Left Light
1992 Kelowna, BC - 2nd Right Light / 1st Left Light
1991 Moscow, Russia “Gold Bear ll” Invitational - 1st Right Light
1983 Saskatoon, SK - 1st Right Light / 1st Left Light
1987 Hudson Bay, SK - 1st Right Open / 2nd Right Open
1989 Craven, SK - 1st Right Open / 1st Right Open
1985 Reno, NV - 4th Right Light
1987 Nanaimo, BC - 1st Right Light
1988 Las Vegas, NV - 2nd Right Light
1989 Petaluma, CA - 1st Right Light / 1st Left Light
1990 Petaluma, CA - 1st Right Light / 1st Left Light
1990 Las Vegas, NV - 1st Right Light
1991 Las Vegas, NV - 2nd Right Light
1991 Petaluma, CA - 1st Left Light
1992 Petaluma, CA - 3rd Right Light / 1st Left Light
1982 Syracuse, NY Sit-Down Table - 1st Right 60kg
He has been in the sport over 25 years
Has won many Canadian Titles
Is a CAWF Master Referee
Has held the position of CAWF Vice President & also WAF Vice President
We are proud to call him "Team Canada's Captain"
She is a sweet heart of the sport.
An Alberta native who has won the second highest number of WAF Gold medals among Canadian competitors
(a total of 13 in the disabled division)
She has also won 9 National Titles
An Ontario puller who has been in the sport over 20 years
He has won approximately 20 National Titles
Won 2 WAF World Gold Medals
In 1999, he beat Eric Woelfel to win the open left hand super-heavyweight World Title in Japan.
At the time, many considered Eric to be the best left handed armwrestler on the planet.
Aside from his competitive achievements, he is also the organizer of what has become Canada's largest and most prestigious Pro/Am event, the pro classes of which feature some of the toughest competition in the world.
An Ontario native who competed and promoted between the mid 80's and mid 90's
Was elected as the Ontario director to the Canadian Armwrestling Federation in 1991
Was elected as the Ontario Armwrestling Association's first president when it was formed in 1992
He moved overseas to England in 1993, where he got involved with the sport in that country.
During his tenure as chairman of the British Armwrestling Federation, the membership level rose by an incredible 60%.
He returned to Ontario in 2005 and soon got back to hosting practices and coaching. More recently he co-founded the Durham Arm Machine, yet another elite armwrestling club
He currently serves on the OAA Executive.
A New Brunswick native who can be considered an Iron-Man of armwrestling, attending every nationals and worlds dating back to at least the mid 90's
Has been armwrestling competitively since 1978
Has won 14 National Titles
Is a 19 time WAF World medalist (including 3 Golds)
Organized 2 very successful Canadian Championships in 1999 and 2003
I discovered arm wrestling at a winter carnival in a small community of New Brunswick. It was in February 1978 when I tried my luck and won the 151-180 lbs class Right Hand. I was then a power lifter (Bench Press, Squats, Dead Lifts) The best I did in power lifting was 2nd in the 165 lbs class in Atlantic Canada.
From there I competed at every winter carnival and summer festival that I could find in our province. On 2 occasions in the summer of 1979 I won overall titles while weighing at under 160 lbs. It really boosted my confidence and from there I went to Toronto and won along with John Miazdzyk and Tony Senger, the Carling O' Keefe Steve Simmons Nationals. (1979 LIght Weight) Under 160 lbs. I was just coming off a full year of University Olympic Wrestling. (very hard training) In the fall of 1979, I represented Canada in Kansas City. (All expenses paid for then) Over the years I traveled to Amos Quebec and Timmins Ontario for the 2 remarkable tournaments. Ken Taylor of Quebec and Fred Salvadore of Ontario were the 2 men responsible for them.
I moved to Alberta (Drayton Valley 1981 and Calgary 1982) to train with John Miazdzyk and the serious pullers. That's where I learned to Top Roll. John told us it should be called Hand Wrestling instead of Arm Wrestling to emphasize the importance of hand control. We competed in mostly every little town of Alberta and Saskatchewan. Occasionally I got to Kamloops and Kelowna BC and also Billings Montana. 2 trips to Reno Nevada hold a big place in my memory.
I moved to Manitoba in 1983-1984 and competed in every competition at the time in their province.
When I came back to New Brunswick, Rick Pinkney had built a solid Nova Scotia Association and it inspired me to compete there. I owe them a lot for my development. The Atlantic Canadians remains one of my favorite tournaments... In Ottawa Ontario the Gloucester Fair with Rick and Lise Blanchard was a tournament I truly enjoyed year after year. The competition was great. I also have great memories of the Port Perry tournament... I attended several nice tournaments in Quebec, I also competed in the Caribbean on the Island of Curacao.
In 1992 and 2003 I had the privilege to host the nationals. Great memories! When I reached 40 (masters class) I began chasing the WAF Worlds in Japan, Brazil, Italy, India, Kazakhstan, South Africa, Poland, Finland, England and USA. It has been a great journey with 3 Gold wins as a grand master in the Left 50 and over, under 165 lbs. So far I have 19 WAF Medals... In 1999 I was awarded the very prestigious John Miazdzyk Award.
This 2012 Hall of Fame induction is very special and I wish to thank all the wonderful people who have contributed to my development as an armwrestler.
Without the dedication of Lise Blanchard I would not have been able to see so many beautiful countries. I'm also proud to say that so far I ran over 30 Marathons including 4 Boston Marathons since 2005.
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