Carlos Greene

After Common Entrance he attended the Chaguanas Junior Secondary school where he again represented the school in the sports of cricket, football, track and table tennis. Upon graduating from this school in 1983, he received an award for physical education. He then attended the Carapichaima Senior Comprehensive School, where he studied tailoring and continued to represent his school in the sports of football, badminton and track & field.

After graduating, he attended the Persto Praesto Youth Camp for 2 years where he furthered his study of tailoring and also continued being an active sportsman in the area of track & field.

In the year 2000 Carlos lost his sight within the space of 4 short months, due to acute Glaucoma. Prior to that, he was a part-time tailor and worked as a steel sheet fabricator at Tan Yuk Electrical (TYE). He was always heavily involved in social work and spent a year in the United States (1998-1999). Out of that year, he spent 9 months as a Prison Chaplain in Ross County, Wisconsin, where he was involved in an Anger Management and a 12-step rehabilitation program.

After becoming blind, he was visited by a representative of PAVI (Persons Associated with Visual Impairment), who taught him daily living skills and to used the White Cain. He became involved with the group through its Youth Skills Training Program. When PAVI formed its Youth Arm, Carlos became the President, and later went on to be the President of the Association. He served two terms as the group's President.

IN THE SPORT

When Carlos became completely blind over ten years ago, he found an emotional outlet through exercise - the gym in particular. It quickly became a form of therapy for him. He says that when he exercises he is on a natural "high". He says that exercise is his drug. His instructors at the gym encouraged him to enter a competition and he has never looked back since. His wife of 17 years and his three daughters are a source of tremendous inspiration to him. He is adamant about showing his children and others that a disability is no excuse to not strive to be the best. He also believes that his discipline, his training and his eventual success will be a tremendous source of inspiration for all.

His long-term goals include, (besides breaking all records in his weight Category) is being an inspirational speaker, and making young people his main focus. He would also like to see a Sporting Complex opened in his area with the main focus being weight-training. Carlos believes that this is a sport that is not only very attractive to the youth, but also encourages the extreme discipline that would serve to empower them.

Carlos firmly believes that he is not doing this for himself alone. He knows that his success would be a victory for all people in the Caribbean - especially the differently - abled.

Carlos returned from “The 2009 International Powerlifting Federation World Powerlifting Championship” which took place in India in November 2009. This was his First Senior Men’s World Championship, which did not go as planned.

Carlos was injured on his second Bench Press attempt at these Championships. The IPF recognized that they were at fault because the safety bar was not evenly placed. He was allowed to do over the lift, but was too severely injured at this point to compete at his full potential. Nevertheless, he finished the competition. It was clear from the results that had Carlos Greene not been injured, he would have made quite an impact at his First IPF World Championships. He did, however, receive a medal for participating.

It must be noted that at each and every one of the mentioned competitions, except for the International Blind Sports Association’s Championships, Carlos continue to be the only blind competitor. Thus far, he is the Caribbean’s only Blind Professional Powerlifter.


CARLOS GREENE H.B.M.
LIST OF MEDALS, RECORDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

    June 2007 5th Annual North American Powerlifting Federation / International Powerlifting Federation (NAPF/ IPF) Championships, Guatemala.
  • Silver medal – Overall

    December 2007 2nd Annual Commonwealth Powerlifting Federation / International Powerlifting Federation (CPF/ IPF) Championships, New Zealand.
  • Bronze medal – Overall
  • Silver medal – Deadlift
  • Bronze medal – Squat

    June 2008 6th Annual NAPF / IPF Championships, Aruba.
  • Bronze medal – Bench Press
  • Bronze medal – Deadlift
  • Bronze medal – Squat
  • Bronze medal – Overall
  • Bronze medal – Masters

    July 2008 International Blind Sports Association / IPF 2008 World Powerlifting Championships, Miami, Florida.
  • Gold medal – Overall
  • Silver medal – Masters
  • Bronze medal – Bench Press<

  • Eleven World Records Broken:
  • Open Class:
  • 2 Squat
  • 1 Deadlift
  • 2 Total

  • Masters (40+) Class:
  • 2 Squat
  • 1 Bench Press
  • 1 Deadlift
  • 2 Overall

    July 2009 International Blind Sports Association/ IPF 2009 World Powerlifting Championships - Miami, Florida
  • Gold medal – Overall
  • Silver medal – Masters Overall
  • Silver medal – Bench Press
  • Bronze medal – Masters
  • Bench Press

  • Seven World Records Broken:
  • Open Class:
  • 1 Squat
  • 1 Dead lift
  • 1 Total

  • Masters (40+) Class:
  • 1 Squat
  • 1 Bench Press
  • 1 Dead lift
  • 1 Total

    The first Gold medal for Trinidad & Tobago in a Powerlifting World Championship Event
    2007 ,2008 and 2009 Nominated for the “Sportsman of The Year” Awards
  • Placed in the top ten, each year.

    March 2010 IPF Caribbean Championships – Guyana
  • Bronze medal - Master Overall
  • Silver medals – Open Overall

    August 2010- NAPF Championship and 1st Caribbean and Central America Championship- Puerto Rico
  • 4 Sliver Medals- Open
  • Bronze medal- Masters Overall

    August 31st, 2010 – Independence Day National Awards
  • Recipient of the Humming Bird Sliver for sport of Powerlifting

    October – November 2010- IBSA World Powerlifting Championships – Turkey
  • Silver Medal Masters

    March 2011– NAPF Caribbean Islands Powerlifting Championship–Cayman Islands
  • Silver Medal Masters
  • Caribbean and North America Records – Dead lift Masters