2010 Commonwealth Games
2011 Pan American Games
“Faster, Higher, Stronger”
Kobaladze - Canada's Best Male Lifter
With over 24 years of experience in weightlifting, George Kobaladze is one of Canada's top weightlifters. Since 2009, the year when he joined the national team, he attained numerous successes in the super heavyweight category (+ 105 kg). George Kobaladze is six-time Canadian champion and five-time Canada's Best Male Lifter (2009, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014).
Montreal's weightlifter is the recepient of several medals at prestigious international competitions, including silver medal at the 2013 Pan American championships (Isla Margarita, Venezuela), silver medal at the 2012 Pan American championships (Antigua, Guatemala), bronze medal at the 2011 Pan American Games (Guadalajara, Mexico) and another bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games (Delhi, India). Over the last six years, he has been undefeated at the Canadian Championships. In 2013, Kobaladze competed at the very popular Arnold's Classic Sport Festival held in Columbus, Ohio, where he ranked 2nd under Sinclair Formula.
George Kobaladze currently holds the Canadian records in the superheavyweight class, with 175 kg lift in the snatch, 227 kg lift in the clean and jerk for a total of 402 kg (both lifts combined). These records were set at the 2014 Canadian Championships, held in Saskatoon, SK. Kobaladze is the first Canadian weightlifter having lifted 500 pounds (the 227 kg lift in clean and jerk) and the first Canadian having crossed the 400 kg line in the total.
Regarding future events, the super heavyweight champion intends to stand on the podium at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glascow and at the 2015 Pan American Games that will be held in Toronto, ON. Kobaladze holds a Bachelor Degree in Physical Education from the National Institute of Tbilisi and Level 1 & 2 Coach Certification in Weightlifting. He has been coaching for a couple of years, passing on his knowledge and experience to young athletes and anyone who is interested in weightlifting.