Braydon Kennedy

Q1: What was the first competition where you represented Team Canada? When was it?

2021 Senior World Championship

Q2: Did you compete in other sports before weightlifting? If yes, which ones and at what level?

I played competitive Volleyball for 12 years. I competed at the collegiate level for two years before transitioning to weightlifting.

Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

I have always loved competing in sports and staying active. When I stopped playing volleyball I found weightlifting was a way I could stay active, and still compete in a sport. I love competing in weightlifting because the feeling of a successful lift on the platform is a feeling like no other. Additionally, the pursuit of technical mastery is highly addictive, and weightlifting provides an exciting and challenging way to pursue excellence in sport.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

I Like working on weaknesses and finding out ways to get better. Heavy days are also fun!

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

Volume training of any sort and clean and jerk complexes.

Q6: What are your short term goals for weightlifting (1-2 years)?

Continue to see progression in training and in competition and improve on every competition.

Q7: What are your long term goals for weightlifting? (3 + years)

Compete at the highest competition level possible.

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

During my first international competition I had PR’s across the board.

Q9: What are your top 3 achievements in weightlifting so far?

Number 1. 

Canadian Nationals Silver.

Number 2. 

USA University National Champion.

Number 3. 

Top 15 at my first World Championships.

Q10: Are you currently studying or working in addition to your weightlifting career? If yes, what are you doing?

I currently work full time as an architect in Vancouver, BC.

Q11: What are your plans after your weightlifting career is over?

Continue my Architecture career and spend lots of time with friends and family. Also, pick up the recreation sports I have put on hold to pursue weightlifting such as skiing, biking, surfing, waterskiing.

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

Kendrick Farris. His energy is unmatched and I have always loved how much he pours back into the weightlifting community.

Coach: Spencer Arnold

Weight Category: 96kg

Favourite Lift: Snatch

Hometown: Edmonton, AB