Name: Bernie Lemay
Location / Team: Coquitlam / Vancouver ArmWrestling Club
Started pulling: 1983
Height: 5' 11"
Compete at: 165lbs/75 kilos or 176lbs/80 kilos
Favorite pulling style: The opposite of my opponent

Favorite tournament you've attended: Yukon Jack

Supplements Used: none

Favorite Puller/or somebody you look up to in the sport: John Miazdzyk, Terry Biley, Dion Lengyel, Aaron Lengyel

How often do you train: Twice a week

Training tips: Avoid injuries, try to control the match, mislead your opponent, offense is the best defense

Goal(s): To make a living from Arm Wrestling =)

Sponsor(s): Almost got one in 2003 but he turtled at the last minute!

How did you get started: I saw an add in the local paper in Edmonton about the Western Canadian Championships. I was the best amongst my friends so I thought I'd go and become the western canadian champ. I entered with my 2 friends & we all got destroyed. My arm was screwed up for 3 months after that. They both never competed again & I made it my goal to avenge my losses. That's where I met John Miazdzyk & never looked back. I moved to Vancouver in 1992 & got in touch with Dave Hicks & then we got back in to things once Patrick Callan arrived & got us re motivated.

Merits: 13 time National Champion, Petaluma World Wrist Wrestling Champion, won the Gold Bear in Russia, Inducted into the BC ArmWrestling Hall of Fame, Inducted into the Canadian Armwrestling Federation Hall of Fame.

Locations you have competed: Canadian Provinces - BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick

US States: Washington, California, Nevada, Illinois, New York

Other: Russia

What changes would you like to see: Elbow foul rules revised, the sport being less expensive to do, the way Canada enforces the rules about qualifying for tournaments by attendance. This sometimes leaves out the best we can offer.

Anything you would like to add/statements/comments: I would like to see the sport grow in Canada more.. like the rest of the world (more support for the atheletes in canada)

Misc:  I was an active referee for about 15 years & reffed between 200-300 tournaments before I got certified. Once that happened I wasn't qualified because of the certification process.

 

Videos

Bernie Lemay vs Bjorn Torgerson
2003 BC Provincials in Kelowna
Bernie Lemay vs Bill Ballinger
1996 Yukon Jack qualifier - Chicago Illinois