Throughout the year following the accident, the Canadian Powerlifting Union banded together to raise funds for Nicholls' family. It was an unprecedented demonstration of support as six clubs from coast-to-coast hosted deadlift competitions where all proceeds went to help Nicholls recover from the accident.
This past weekend, the Canadian Powerlifting Union witnessed a special and awe-inspiring moment when Nicholls returned to the platform to compete at the Novia Scotia Provincial Championships. Nicholls lifted in the raw division, achieving a 235k squat, 190k bench press, and 250k deadlift. Nicholls' journey from the accident to competing once again is an unfathomable spectacle of the human spirit and will to overcome adversity. Powerlifting, like all sports, is much bigger than the numbers on the platform, or the scores at the end of the game. It is stories like this, that despite all odds and rationale thinking, that success can be realized with an unbreakable passion and dedication in the face of insurmountable obstacles. Welcome back Tom!
Other noteworthy performances from the Novia Scotia Provincial Championships include John MacDonald, a 120k lifter, successfully bench pressing 265k. MacDonald also took the National record (278.5k) for a ride, and although the weight was lifted, he only received one white light. There are a few lifters, myself included, who will be attempting the 120k National bench press record in 2013. The record is set to be broken, the only question is by who and how much!! You can check-out MacDonald's lifting below: