My name is Daniel Remulla, born in the Philippines and raised as a proud Toronto/Scarborough native. I have been participating in competitive sports my whole life, playing a multitude of different sports such as soccer, basketball, cross country, track & field and powerlifting. My love of sports as a child has guided me to pursuing my post- secondary education in the field of Kinesiology & Health Science at York University where I graduated and bridged my education into my career in Strength & Conditioning. Now as a semi-retired powerlifter I’ve turned my life-long passion for strength training into a career and have the privilege to coach athletes of various backgrounds and sports to be the strongest versions of themselves.
I co-own and operate Band of Barbells, a powerlifting and Olympic weightlifting specific training facility based out of Scarborough. I’m also the Director, Athlete Development & Coaching where I work with powerlifters and strength athletes of all levels to progress them to their desired strength goals and competitive aspirations.
I have been lifting in the gym for about 15 years, starting off as most men do with the primary focus of building muscle and achieving a desired aesthetic. It wasn’t until a little over 10 years ago where I discovered powerlifting, signed up for my first meet and fell in love with the sport so much that I’d continue to pursue it at various competitive levels and eventually turn it into my career.
Notable achievements in powerlifting
-2014 CPU National Junior Champion (66kg)
– 4x OPA Open & Junior Champion (66kg)
-2017 NAPF Arnold Pro 3rd Place (66kg)
-2018 IPF Classic World Championships 1st Place Bench (7th Overall) (66kg)
-Held a multitude of provincial and national level bench records.
My favourite lift is the squat surprisingly enough, even though it happens to be my worst lift. I just love the feeling of having a heavy weight on my back.
Favourite meet or powerlifting related memory
My favourite meet and competition memory would have to be the time I had the honour of lifting at the 2017 Arnold Pro meet in Columbus, Ohio alongside some of north America’s most talented pool of lifters. It was also my best performance to date and an experience I will never forget.
“Strength doesn’t come from what you can do. It comes from overcoming the things you once thought you couldn’t.”
Hi everyone! I’m the OPA’s Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer. My role will be to support the OPA by maintaining its accounting records, bank account, and budget. I work in public practice to provide assurance services for Canadian private corporations.
I have been powerlifting for three years and consider myself to be just getting started. My favourite memory so far is getting to load three (lb) plates on the bar for the first time.
Outside of work and the gym I have many houseplants to take care of and am always interested in what everyone else is growing!
I have been a referee for 23+ years and currently am a Category 2 International Level Referee. I had a short lifting career where I set Provincial and National Records in the Women’s Master 2 Division (2007 & 2008). I am President of the Grizzlies Powerlifting club and currently am coaching 2 special needs individuals.
I was a short track speedskating coach for 20 years and still coach softball. Announcing and scoring at all levels of Fastball (both men’s and women’s) is an activity I enjoy in non-winter months. I have been a member/board member of the Kitchener Sports Association for many years. Currently I am employed fulltime as a corporate trainer, having been at the same company for 14 years.
There is much potential for excellent referees from among our lifters and current referee pool. I am committed to supporting new and experienced referees through training and mentoring. Regular communications and open dialog among current and prospective referee will be an important component.
Favourite Memory: Stan Goss showing me his Valentine underwear. (he was wearing them at the time and not shy about modeling them!)
Favourite quote: “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”
I’m a 54-year old with 34+ years in the Royal Canadian Air Force; I am currently the Military Escort Team Leader at the Afghanistan Memorial Hall at National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa. I spent my career as a technician before recently accepting a commission to Captain as an Aerospace Engineer. I’ve been lifting for about 15 years. I actually started competing before I started training. I’ve done over 50 competitions in 4 countries, including 3 times at Commonwealth Championships and one World Bench Championships.
Some goals I have as in the APV Records person and as a member of the OPA executive: I want to usher in a close alliance between CAF Powerlifting and the CPU, first using the OPA to springboard CAF referee training, then feed CAF Powerlifting members into the OPA. I also intend to train a cadre of military spotters who can then be used in OPA/CPU competitions.
A little about me… I am an absolute dog fanatic! I am 30 going on 97. That is all. Also, I work for Domino’s Canada’s marketing department.
I have been lifting since 2016! Almost 6 years now and I am a 3x Canadian National Champion, 2019 IPF Worlds silver medalist, and 2021 IPF Worlds gold medalist.
My goal for the OPA is to continue spreading the love of our powerlifting family with as many people as possible. Growing the membership and expanding to more clubs in new places in Ontario.
Harnek has been involved in powerlifting for over 45 years. He has competed for over 30 years,
organized dozens of competitions & championships and a referee for 31 years, with International
Category 1 status. Harnek is a member of the Brampton Sports Hall of Fame and the Ontario and
Canadian Powerlifting Hall of Fame. Harnek is the recipient of the prestigious Syl Apps Special
Achievement Award. Harnek represented Canada as a lifter, coach, referee and team manager at many
world championships around the world. Harnek’s favourite lift is the Bench Press. Harnek is married
with two children and three grandsons.