If you have ever been part of a serious hockey team, you know that lifting weights is a crucial part of training. It builds strength and prevents a player from getting injured when on the ice.
17-year-old Aaron Rose was no exception, and as part of his hockey training he started lifting weights regularly. Except it became more than just part of the training.
It became a passion.
Rose, who now trains six times a week at Variety Village, has become one of the top weightlifters in the country for his age group.
The Birchmount Collegiate student participated in his second national junior competition this past Jan. 21, held at Variety Village, and finished third in his class. The result is disappointing, but he’s hoping to make up for it in May when he will compete in the Senior competition in Quebec.
His greatest accomplishment thus far is winning the Ontario Junior Championships last December at St. Patrick’s Catholic School.
He attributes much of his success to his coach, Abdallah Alsebaai. “He makes us work real hard at every training session,” said Rose.
His mom Donna Rose describes him as a kind and respectful teenager. “He’s always smiling and laughing no matter what,” she said.
Alsebaai readily admitted that Rose has great potential and expects him to be a top Canadian athlete by 2015 when Rose will likely participate in the Pan-American Games held in Toronto.
“As long as Aaron keeps working hard with lots of energy and focus, he will succeed,” said Alsebaai.