November 28, 2018

UBC Awards Night

When one of us wins an award, we all win! (Dan Bowditch, Jim McEwen, Danny Peart at UBC Awards Night)

September 11, 2018


Cranston Rock Solid in Feats of Strength

From The Richmond Sentinel, August 29th, 2018...

Don Fennell
Published: August 29th, 2018 10:07 AM

Jody Cranston simply refuses to rest on his laurels.
Two years ago he was recognized at the annual Richmond Sports Awards as the 2016 Master Athlete of the Year. That honour simply further fuelled his motivation. Recently, the distinguished local powerlifter tried his hand at another feat of strength: throwing stones. Literally.

“I love competing and challenging myself,” Cranston explains. “I think that all started when I set goals to meet my early powerlifting years back. It always feels great to set a goal and meet it.”

So he signed on to represent Richmond at the 22nd Amateur Athletic Union-sanctioned Feats of Strength contest at Alki Beach in Seattle. He came away having set a Canadian masters record in the 72-pound stone throw event. Competing in the 198-pound division, he threw the stone 11.75 feet.

“I took about a year to work on the technique,” says Cranston, adding trying to keep up with his 11-year-old daughter Taila and all her sports and activities helps too.

He also extends credit to his coach Gary Fee.

“Stone throwing and the track and field throws are gaining in popularity,” Cranston says. “It is great to be able to include outdoor training (an all-year initiative) to the indoor weight, power and gym training.”

Owner of Connection: Corporate Health, a fitness centre in Vancouver since 2011, Cranston began Powershape Personal Training in 1997. He is also a partner in Oranj Fitness with locations from B.C. to Ontario.

Cranston won gold in powerlifting at the BC Winter Games and set the provincial weight throw record for masters-aged (45 years and older) athletes. He’s also excelled at the bench press, with a best deadlift of 590 pounds.

The first-place finish in the stone throw qualifies Cranston for the AAU world championships in Las Vegas this fall.

His advice to others: “Whether it is stone throwing, powerlifting or any sport for that matter, find something you enjoy doing and put in the work. There is no down side to this.”

To see this article in RICHMOND SENTINEL Newspaper form click HERE .

( Jody Cranston / AAU ).
( Jody Cranston / Stone Throw).

August 28, 2018


22nd Annual Alki Beach Classic 2018
AAU Feats of Strength - Stone Throw

Once again Bull Stewart and his crew put on a fantastic meet which included: Powerlifting - Bench Press + Deadlift and the AAU sanctioned Feats of Strength - Stone Throw.

It was great to get together and throw/lift with old friends I haven't seen in a while and new friends I look forward to meeting again soon. ‎The contest was held on a gorgeous saturday afternoon august 18th at Alki Beach in Seattle. For an event like the Stone Throw it doesn't get any better then this! Beautiful and sunny with a steady crowd of 200 to 300 people walking/stopping by all afternoon to watch the athletes perform. That is well into the thousands of viewers by the end of the day.

My throws were:
72lbs Stone 11.75 feet
56lbs Stone 12.50 feet

There is nothing like throwing/lifting/competing outdoors. ‎Bull is a great person and his AAU sanctioned meets are the best.‎ Can't wait for the next one - lift heavy and throw far!

( Jody Cranston / Stone Throw ).
( Alki Beach / AAU / Feats of Strength ).
( Photo taken by: Chisato DuBoise ).

June 26, 2018

The Panthers - Richmond News


From The Richmond News, June 22nd 2018...
Published: June 22nd, 2018 10;00 AM

The Richmond Panthers U12 girls softball team wrapped up a stellar season Wednesday night by winning their league with a 14-2-2 record.

Consistent power hitting and aggressive base running were a big part of the team’s winning play. The pitching duo of Aleeza Berger and Taila Cranston were a great combination with fast and accurate work all season long.

Kamiya Hayre, Jorja Jordan and Elia Sparling shared the catching duties ‎with plenty of put outs at home plate and throwing out base runners. The rest of the team showed their versatility playing both infield and outfield roles with equal success. 
“It is amazing how well these girls did this year" said head coach Jody Cranston. "Especially when you consider that it is the first year they all played together. (Assistant) Gary Louis was great to work with and the parents support was awesome!"

The 2018 Richmond Panthers team also includes: Ashley Barstow, Emilie Snowdon, Emma Jordan, Genevieve Louis, Hannah Nickerson, Jessica Lilge, and Klaire Grayson.

To see this article in RICHMOND NEWS Newspaper form click HERE .

© Copyright 2015 - Richmond News

May 22, 2018

The Panthers - Richmond News

From The Richmond News, May 17th, 2018...
Published: May 17th, 2018 02:45 AM

The Richmond Panthers - Girls Under 12 Softball Team is undefeated at five wins and zero losses "with stellar pitching and timely hitting." The team is made up of: Head coach Jody Cranston, Assistant Coach Gary Louis and players: Aleeza Berger, Ashley Barstow, Devyn Scott, Emilie Snowdon, Emma Jordan, Genevieve Louis, Hannah Nickerson, Jessica Lilge, Jorja Jordan, Kamiya Hayre, Nina Scott, Taila Cranston and Klaire Grayson.

To see this article in RICHMOND NEWS Newspaper form click HERE .

© Copyright 2015 - Richmond News

Taila - Track and Field - 2nd Place All Richmond

Second place - All Richmond 2018 Track and Field Championships
Ten Year Old Girls Softball Throw
90 Feet

Connection: Corporate Health Sponsored Athlete

April 27, 2018

Richmond Panthers 2018 Season

Richmond Girls Softball Under 12 - Fastpitch


We are undefeated so far - including wins over:
The Richmond Wolverines 15 to 8
North Delta 17 to 7

Notes: Taila was the Closing Pitcher last game. Three up three down - three strikeouts. She Threw Fire! 

Plus a triple and a combined no hitter.

‎The girls are playing a very aggressive style of ball and are loving it - having a great time!

( Jody Cranston / Head Coach).
( Taila Cranston / Panthers Fastball).