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 Donkin Native Once Ranked as One of World’s Strongest Men


Power lifter Don MacVicar is 4 foot 11 inches and weighs 114 pounds. If you met him on a beach, you might kick sand in his face and that would be a big mistake. MacVicar is strong, very strong. During his competitive days, he set several records and was ranked Canada’s strongest man in 1982 in the 111 to 148 pound class. Power lifting may not be a high profile sport but it is certainly a well respected sport

He got into weight lifting in 1978 watching his friends work out with the Steel City Power lifting Club and they invited him to pump a little iron. On his first attempt he lifted 315 pounds which was not far off the Canadian record at the time. A coach who was watching pleaded for MacVicar to join the club. He did and within 3 months he had broken three Canadian records and placed fourth in a world championship at the age of 23. In 1981 he lifted 10 times his body weight at a competition in California.

In order to keep his strength and weight MacVicar had to subsist on a diet of fish, salad and eggs all the while working eight hours a day and training three hours a night. His dedication to training paid dividends. MacVicar broke 38 Canadian records, mainly one’s he already set and over his five year career. From 1978 to 1983 he was a two time North American champion, 1980 World Cup silver medalist, 1983 World Championship silver medalist and four time undefeated Canadian champion.