Canadian President & Executive Chairman
Herb has been a successful competitor and promoter in the Worlds of Powerlifting, Fighting and Strongman for over 35 years. He got his start at the age of 12, buying his first set of Weider plastic weights, a bar and bench. He eventually welded a custom squat rack, dip and lat machine, t-bar row and weight rack which are still in use in his basement gym. He spent nearly five years as a member of Calgary’s famous BJ’S Gym, meeting and training with wrestlers, powerlifters, strongmen and fighters. At the age of fifteen after getting beat up badly, Herb privately trained in boxing and since then enjoys punching things. Herb placed top three, at the invite only, Calgary’s Toughest Calgarian, setting a record with a 48 foot shot (16 lb steel shot). Herb is proud to be the first Canadian to achieve a World Record in the strict curl. Herb has held National and World records. Herb became the 100% RAW Chairman nearly ten years ago. His most cherished feat as a powerlifter was squatting 315 lbs thirty five times (wrapped knees). Enjoyed calf raises with over 1000 lbs, cheat curling 225 lbs and military pressing 145 lbs 50 times. Like his hero Mr. Joe Stockinger, Herb will be lifting until the day he dies. 403.919.7283 || firstname.lastname@example.org
CAD Vice-President & Executive Co-Chairman
Mike Proskow began his career in Powerlifting in early 2012 right after volunteering at a meet where he met Herb Veckenstedt who brought him into the 100% RAW family. Since that day he has been hooked on powerlifting. As a Black Belt Karate Instructor with nearly 30 years of experience, he had hung up his belt and played around in the gym without really lifting to his potential. Powerlifting and Martial Arts are more alike than they are not. Both require severe self discipline and intense focus in order to get better. As well, you constantly compete against yourself and also end up humbled by the weight yet you come back time and again to conquer what, before, was seemingly unconquerable. Powerlifting has been a fantastic beginning to a new chapter in his life.
Committee Member Operations
Kathleen grew up on a farm where strength training was achieved through doing chores. She played a few sports through elementary school. Kathleen started regular strength training in 2013, then at the suggestion of her coach, moved more into powerlifting in 2014. She finally took the plunge to compete in the fall of 2016 where she became hooked on competing. Finally finding a group where she feels that she truly belongs, Kathleen has immersed herself fully in the federation hoping to help grow the sport!
Executive Member Promotion
Hi. I’m Alex Saretsky. I am excited to be part of the 100% RAW Powerlifting Executive. I look forward to helping guide 100% RAW into bigger and better places, helping as many lifters as I can along the way. Powerlifting has been a passion of mine for almost ten years. It has allowed me to achieve some amazing things and meet some amazing people. I am grateful for my powerlifting team and for setting many National and World records. I'm tremendously proud of helping members of my gym reach their goals and conquer some dreams. Most days, you can find me at one of my gym locations, One For All Fitness North and South Calgary. The values I believe in and instill in my gym community are ones I have learned from powerlifting. There is always room to cheer on one another, and your only real obstacle is yourself. 100% RAW is a large community and I look forward to helping it grow and thrive.
Executive Member Administration
Hi, I’m Barrett. I’m the guy whose laugh you will hear from across the room (I sincerely believe that you have to have fun every single day). I grew up in a small community in New Brunswick. I was involved in many sports growing up but it was in middle school when my Dad bought me an old York Universal that started my love for weight training. I studied Kinesiology at the University of New Brunswick. Studying the Human Body has always been a passion of mine. Applying that knowledge and practicing the theories I have learned has taught me many valuable lessons that have carried me, not only to my physical training but into my daily life as well. Most notably, I have utilized Hard Work, Focus, Patience, Consistency, Overcoming Adversity, and Self Confidence. Physical fitness can be a very powerful teacher if you pay attention. I have worked with a wide variety of clientele including people who have suffered from traumatic injuries and needed to restore basic function; to World Championship athletes in numerous sports. My specialty is strength and power sport development (currently the Head Coach for Team Barbarian Powerlifting) as well as being a Sport Nutrition Specialist.
Committee Member Website and Branding
A lifelong athlete, Jane started strength training in 2018 and was immediately hooked, throwing herself into powerlifting. She is endlessly impressed with the sense of community, discipline and commitment powerlifting fosters. Jane works in marketing and graphic design, specializing in sports and recreation. She’s worked on campaigns for the Dallas Cowboys, UCLA Bruins, and Parks Canada and is so excited to be able to bring her skill set to 100% Raw.
Executive Member IT and Business Analytics
Hi, I’m Karina. I grew up reading books, doing mathematics, and then becoming a Computer Scientist. I had never powerlifted a day in my life, until I turned 54 years old. I started with the Olympic bar in my basement as a way to get stronger bones. There was something magical about the Olympic bar and I became hooked. I felt like I was standing at the top of a mountain as a witness to the Life Force. I grew stronger and stronger each day and one day I found the Raw Powerlifting community. I felt I had found my wolf pack of a supportive, encouraging community that wanted the best for me. I went on to compete and I have set 26 records so far, 14 Provincial, 11 National, and one World. I’m hooked. I am honoured to be able to offer my Business Analysis and IT skills to support an amazing organization.
Executive Member HR Coordinator
Hi, my name is Lori McWatters. I have been powerlifting since about 2013. I have worked out on and off most of my life but it wasn’t until I met my present coach (and fellow committee member), Barrett Donovan that I really got into heavy lifting and have loved it ever since. I currently hold provincial, national, and world powerlifting records and am known as the cheer queen at most competitions. I love helping new and seasoned lifters as much as I possibly can! It is a great sport with great people! I am very excited to be a member of the executive team and look forward to helping grow the 100% Raw federation.