From the Greater Milford Area, seven athletes including Kate and Harvey Marvel, Cindy Canevari, Colleen Kitzmiller, Elain Nolan, Faye Adcox and Joni Miller brought home medals this month as they competed in the Delaware Senior Olympics in the sport of weightlifting. Challenged by personal trainer Doug Lawson, owner of Results By Doug training program, these athletes have been training on barbells for only several months.
Lawson has been getting some attention lately around town as he has helped several Milford residents lose weight through his bootcamp where he pushes them physically and mentally to reach a healthy state of body and mind. Held outside with no gym equipment or serious weights, each individual receives a specialized program that they can do in their own living room and back yard.
“I used to work out at Delaware State University before I started my own program so I was familiar with the Senior Olympics being held here,” commented Lawson. “I started looking up the records of weight lifting athletes and I thought my guys could beat them and that a little competition would be fun for them.
Kate and Harvey Marvel earned five gold medals as Kate won first place in the deadlift, bench press and bench press for repetitions competitions. Harvey won first place for both bench press and bench press for repetitions in the men’s division. Grandparents of five, and expecting two more on the way, Kate said that she had to get out of the gym setting three years ago as she found herself attracted to the idea of bootcamp. When Lawson asked her to compete in the Senior Olympics, Kate admits that the first thing she did was laugh.
“I laughed because I didn’t believe that I was considered a senior and than the idea of me being considered an Olympian,” said Kate. After the initial shock, Kate states that she become serious about the competition. “It is exciting and I am proud to be here,” she said. It has been a huge challenge.”
Elaine Nolan, who in May of 2013 lost 104 pounds by training with Lawson, won the bronze medal for both bench press and bench press for repetitions in her age group. At age 55, Nolan told herself she was too young to feel and look like she did but now says she has not only more energy but she is confident in herself.
“I never thought I would be competing in the Senior Olympics, especially in weightlifting,” stated Nolan. “This is a huge sense of accomplishment for me and I feel a lot of gratitude towards Doug and the entire group.”
Two of the medal-winning athletes from this month’s competition, Joni Miller and Cindy Canevari, are cancer survivors. Miller initially joined bootcamp as a way to lose weight but after she was diagnosed with cancer it became more about maintaining her health. She earned first place in bench press, first place in deadlift and second place in bench for repetitions. Canevari, a survivor of both breast cancer and bladder cancer, brought home the bronze medal for women’s deadlift. They both agree that the bootcamp program has been beneficial for the body and the mind.
“The camaraderie and sharing the experience with others has allowed us to build a great support group,” stated Miller.
Fay Adcox won gold in the women’s bench press in her age group as Colleen Kitzmiller won a medal for bench press while setting new records for bench press for repetitions and deadliest in her class . A total of 15 medals at this year’s Delaware Senior Olympics, trainer Doug Lawson is more than just proud of his team.
“At this competition it is almost like being on a team again, a team that not only works out together but supports each other,” said Lawson. “We are a fitness family.”
Also representing the Greater Milford Area at this year’s Delaware Senior Olympics, Craig Warrington won two gold medals and Jennifer Dill took home one gold and two silver medals.