About Hercules



The Hercules Weightlifting Club was founded in 1998 in Winnipeg,Manitoba by Mirek Korkowski. In 2004, his son Raf Korkowski ran away from the cold Winnipeg winters and expanded the Hercules Weightlifting Club to Nanaimo, British Columbia with his wife Tanna Payne. In 2014, Mirek also moved to Vancouver Island and now continues to oversee both clubs as the master coach, leaving the supervision of the Winnipeg club to coach Ken Mazur.

Both clubs are registered with their respective provincial associations and focus on providing opportunity for active participation and competition in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

The clubs promote a positive and motivating training environment through the implementation of CORE VALUES


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Mirek profile pic

Mirek Korkowski – Master Coach

Winnipeg, MB & Nanaimo, BC

Raf Profile

Raf Korkowski – Head Coach

Nanaimo, BC


Tanna Payne – Assistant Coach

Nanaimo, BC


Ken Mazur – Head Coach

Winnipeg, Manitoba


Junior Hercules – Development Program

Winnipeg, Manitoba