Tuesday, 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.”

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( Jody Cranston / Stone Throw).

Saturday, April 21, 2018


Panthers Undefeated on Softball Diamond

From The Richmond Sentinel, April 20th, 2018...
Published: April 20th, 2018 01:47 PM

Don Fennell Apr-20-2018

Taila Cranston struck out the side in order last weekend as the Richmond Panthers capped a 17-7 win over North Delta to remain undefeated.

The young pitching ace sat down all three batters she faced in the under-12 girls’ softball game, earning Richmond its second consecutive victory of the season.

Coached by Taila’s dad Jody, with assistance from Gary Louis, the Panthers are enjoying their first time playing together. This follows two months of indoor and outdoor training.

Playing an aggressive style of base running, the Panthers are elated with their early success. And Cranston is impressed by how quickly they are learning.

“These girls learn fast and they love running the bases. Aggressive and fast is a really great combination." says Cranston.

Aleeza Berger started the game on the mound for the Panthers during their victory at North Delta. She formed a strong battery with catcher Kamiya Hayre.

The Panthers are looking forward to participating in a tournament April 27 to 29 at Steveston/London Park. The season runs until mid-July.

The 2018 Panthers consist of: Aleeza Berger, Ashley Barstow, Devyn Scott, Emilie Snowdon, Emma Jordan, Genevieve Louis, Hannah Nickerson, Jessica Lilge, Jorja Jordan, Kamiya Hayre, Nina Scott and Taila Cranston.

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( Taila Cranston / Richmond Sentinel ).
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