In addition to holding 10 Canadian Powerlifting records, Rhonda Heaslip has had three very successful careers: search and rescue airframe technician with the Canadian Armed Forces, a journeyman carpenter, and Realtor.
Rhonda began powerlifting at age 21, and two months later won a bronze medal at the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) in Boston. At the World Championships in Tokyo in 1995, she set new Canadian records and ranked fifth on the planet in her class.
At 36 she decided to retire, however, in 2009 while working out with a friend (also a champion powerlifter) the friend noticed Rhonda was breaking Canadian records at the gym and once again, Rhonda decided to re-enter the competitive arena at age 53. “I’m lifting what I did at age 36”, she says. “It keeps me physically youthful and mentally sharp like nothing else can. The sport teaches you the only person who can limit yourself is you.”