SINGH Jasvir < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Canada   
Gender Men
Born 13 Apr 1977
Height1.60 m
Weight 62 kg
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Burnaby, BC, CAN
Occupation Construction Worker
Languages English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He started competing in weightlifting at the age of nine.
Club / Team Vikings Wrestling Club: Canada
Name of coach Guy Greavette
Coach from which country? Canada
General Interest
Hobbies Listening to music and watching films. (NOC 28/07/08)
Hero / Idol Turkey's multiple world and Olympic Games weightlifting champion Halil Mutlu. (NOC 28/07/08)
Ambitions To finish in the top 10 at the Olympic Games. (canada.com 18/07/08)
Other information FROM INDIA TO CANADA
A competitive weightlifter in India, he went to Canada in 2002 on a working visa. When he applied to extend his visa, he was told he could not stay any longer. His coach Guy Greavette, who is also the executive director of the British Columbia Weightlifting Federation, used his connections with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration to help Singh obtain landed immigrant status. He became a Canadian citizen in 2007. (canada.com 18/07/08)

FRUSTRATING DELAY
While waiting to be granted immigrant status in Canada he was unable to travel to international tournaments and was also banned from local competitions. "I lost my peak form," he said. "For almost five years I did almost nothing because I was fighting with immigration and trying to keep my body fit." (canada.com 18/07/08)