Mirek Korkowski has more than 30 years experience in practical and theoretical aspects of weightlifting and resistance training. He received his Master of Physical Education degree and Professional Weightlifting Coach diploma from the Academy of Physical Education in Warsaw, Poland and has continuously used his systems to train many renowned athletes, individuals and groups of all ages and capabilities.
Mirek was the Canadian Weightlifting team coach for over 10 years, where he prepared and coached Canadian Women’s and Men’s teams at various international events including World Championships in England, Germany, Poland, and Turkey.
While leading the Manitoba junior and senior provincial weightlifting teams, Mirek has also contributed to the growth of the sport by organizing provincial/national team training camps, local seminars, and technical courses. He initiated a weightlifting club league in Manitoba, and was actively involved in developing the high performance weightlifting centre at the University of Manitoba
As the strength training coach for the University of Manitoba Bison athletic teams, Provincial Sport Organizations and private clubs, Mirek developed strength and conditioning programs, and also assisted coaches in their implementation and monitoring. He directly contributed to the success of many Manitoba and Canada star athletes.
Seeing sport development as being fundamentally important, Mirek has been on the provincial weightlifting technical and coaches committees as well as the Canadian Weightlifting Federation’s Technical and National Coaching Certification Program committees.
In 1986, he was awarded the “Gold Medal of Honor” by the Polish Weightlifting Federation, for outstanding contribution to the development of sport in Poland. In 1994, Mirek was the recipient of the “Coach of the Year” award in the High Performance category, which recognizes a history of commitment and dedication to coaching in Manitoba and Canada.
Mirek and his family now reside in Nanaimo, British Columbia, where he continues his involvement and passion for sport.