Marie-Josée Arès-Pilon fought through a lower back injury to win a bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, four years after she just missed the podium in Delhi. She had previously won silver at the 2012 Commonwealth Championships. Arès-Pilon, who trains twice a day in a home gym in her garage, won national titles in 2005 and 2015 to go with national bronze medals in 2006, 2011 and 2012. She competed at the IWF World Championships in 2011 and 2013.
Family: Parents Patrice Pilon and Jacqueline Arès… Fiancé Paul Dumais is also her coach… Getting into the Sport: Started weightlifting at age 21… Was introduced to the sport by 1984 Olympian Bert Squires while she was visiting her parents in Newfoundland one summer… Outside Interests: Is a registered massage therapist and kinesiologist… Odds and Ends: Has done several training camps with weightlifters from the Oceania Weightlifting Institute…
NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS
CWG: 2014 – BRONZE (69kg); 2010 – 4th (69kg)
IWF WCh: 2013 – 16th (69kg); 2011 – 25th (69kg)