June 5, 2012
Brother Dalas Santavy of Lodge 128 Retains National Title
Brother Dalas Santavy retained the Canadian Weightlifting Championship title for the fifth time on June 3, 2012 at the Canadian Senior Championship in La Prairie, Quebec. Dalas's total lift at the championship was 401 pounds (182 kilograms).
Competitive weightlifting is in the family genes - Dalas's father, Bob Santavy, is a proud retired member of 128 and competed for Canada at the 1968 & 1976 Olympic Games and was a two time Commonwealth Games silver medal winner. Bob Santavy had been coaching his grandchildren in the sport. In January of this year, Boady Santavy, Dalas's 14 year old son won silver at his first Junior Canadian championships, lifting for a combined total of 173 kilograms. Dalas has two other sons who are very much involved in the sport. Noah is the present Ontario champion and Bradyn also does competitive weightlifting. All three sons have a very good future ahead of them in the sport.
Besides the weightlifting gene, the Boilermaker trade is a family tradition also. Bob's father, Cy Santavy, was a Boilermaker with Local 128, joining in 1951 and retiring in 1986.
Photos of Dalas at the 2012 Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championship
Video of Dalas at the 2012 Canadian Senior Weightlifting Championship