A North Bay athlete is preparing for the World Para Powerlifting championships which will take place in Bogota, Colombia this December.
Jake Beaton, has been para powerlifting for about four years and ever since he started, he has finished on top of the podium in every event he has entered since he began competing competitively in 2014.
Most recently Beaton became a national champion and broke a Canadian Para Powerlifting record with a lift of 100 Kilograms in his weight class last winter in Calgary.
“I have always been into fitness and I have always had the goal of eventually going to the Paralympics and when I got into this it seemed to be the right thing for me,” Beaton told Rogers Radio.
Aside from his heavy lifting, Beaton is also a longtime member of the North Bay Ice Breakers sledge hockey team.
Beaton, who suffers from spina bifida, has battled through medical and health issues all his life.
"I've always tried to keep a positive outlook, I've always been physically active and have competed in competitive sports, whether it be hockey or lifting," said Beaton.
Beaton is in the third year of the machinist program at Canadore College hopes to continue to build on his success.
A fundraising campaign (CLICK HERE) has been launched to help get Jake to Worlds, which are set for December 9th in Bogota, Columbia.