Ken Carr-Braint brought his love of the sport of weightlifting to Belleville in 1947. He was the founder of the powerful Apollo Barbell Club, one of the most respected clubs in Canada during its heyday. Apollo lifters, under Ken’s guidance, competed at the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo, the 1970 Commonwealth Games, the 1972 Olympics in Munich, the 1973 World Championships, and four different Pan Am Games.
Founder of the Ontario Weight Lifting Association and the Ontario and Canadian Teenage Championships. Ken also became involved in the administrative side of the sport, acting as president of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation and serving on organizing committees for several World Championships. He was also a top referee at the 1976 Olympics in Montreal, a highlight of his career.
Ken’s greatest joy was seeing his lifters achieve personal goals, be they weightlifting records or simply achieving a sense of confidence and well-being. Ken also helped train children with polio and other crippling injuries: “That’s another kind of victory.”0