Morgan Campbell, Toronto Star Sports Business Writer

I met Debbie in a powerlifting class. She had come from the world of fitness pageants, and said she started powerlifting because she still had a passion for physical competition but yearned for a healthier, more body positive outlet. And if you ask me what sets Debbie apart from other people in her field, I’d say it’s the same attitude that brought her to the powerlifting class. Some fitness bloggers strive to look a certain way. Debbie strives to be and to do, and that’s a critical difference. She stresses the “health” in health and fitness. That’s refreshing.