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Calgary teen sets ‘very impressive’ weightlifting world record – Calgary


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Arash Mobarrezi may still be in middle school, but the young athlete from Calgary is already making his mark on the world.

Mobarrezi, 14, is celebrating after setting a weightlifting world record for his age and weight class in April.

Mobarrezi surprised the crowd at a Calgary gym by bench pressing 225 pounds.

“It was amazing,” Mobarrezi said. “You feel like you’re on top of the world.”

He now hopes the sport will help take him into new territory.

“I want to create a fitness brand, sell clothes and provide my own fitness programs,” said Mobarrezi. “I enjoy seeing other people grow and find their passion.”

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Mobarrezi also raises money for a charity that helps children to be active.

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“It’s for people who can’t access gyms, children with autism or any physical ailments.” said Mobarrezi. “Trying to help other people.”

Mobarrezi trains as often as he can at the MNP Community and Sports Centre, with his father David Mobarrezi often assisting with the weights.

“My parents are actually a very big inspiration,” Mobarrezi said. “My father is from Iran and my mother is from Afghanistan.”

The fitness-oriented parents are proud of their son’s achievements.

“I came to Canada hoping that we can have a better life here,” said David Mobarrezi. “Arash is a very passionate person, works constantly.”

That dedication is paying off for Mobarrezi, who is currently in Grade 8 at a middle school in Calgary.

‘It’s very impressive,’ said David Rodriguez of MNP. “It gives you that extra motivation too, to push yourself and try to reach your goals.”

Mobarrezi hopes his world record is the start of more good things to come for him and others.

“It’s really just the first step,” Mobarrezi said. “The next step is to spread the word that anyone can do it.”

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