When Mitchell Brewster was in high school, which was only six years ago, he was always active in athletics.
He was a member of the rugby team at Glace Bay High and the only male on the cheerleading team.
“When I started out to do it, no one would believe I’d go,” said Brewster of his spot on the cheerleading team.
“A male on the cheerleading team is something that you often hear about on American teams … but locally we don’t hear about it too much, but maybe I am just showing my age. Maybe it is perfectly common place with new young upstarts, cheerleading is not just a sport for girls.”
“Without exercise I don’t know if I would have any mental health …” Mitchell Brewster
These days Brewster can be found working out at Perry’s Gym in Glace Bay.
“Without exercise I don’t know if I would have any mental health … exercise not only makes your outside look good, but makes everything on the inside feel better even if you are having a bad day.”
Named “King of the Bench” at Perry’s Gym in 2017, he loves powerlifting and is proud to be a member of the 350 bench club and he also won the 1,000-pound challenge, benching as well as deadlifting the most in the competition.
“In the gym, the most important thing to do, is to do whatever it takes,” said Brewster.
He also noted that only five per cent of people have the “whatever it takes mentality” when training. “You have to have that five per cent mentality, no matter what.”
Brewster loves working out at the gym.
“Perry’s was my first gym and the memories I have there are incredible.”
Mitchell is the son of Tracy MacNeil and Pat Brewster, and stepfather Scott MacNeil. He grew up on Park Street with two sisters and two brothers. Graduating from high school in 2015, he started studying at Cape Breton University where he also played on the rugby team, however a career in the military was his calling. He now works as a traffic technician and is responsible for the movement of supplies and other warehouse duties.
“I used to be with the Cape Breton Highlanders for four years. They are a very tight-knit unit and a good group of guys.
“Right now I am here until I’m posted, but when I finish with the military I would definitely like to come back. It’s where my family lives, and I like my community no matter what.”
One thing to note about Mitchell Brewster is that he is a cat person. He lives with his cat Max, his wife Beckie’s cat Lola, and a stray named Buddy.
Mitchell and Beckie were married last September and the newlyweds weathered the COVID storm together.
A long-awaited post-COVID honeymoon is in their future.
Therese MacAdam is a Glace Bay writer with a deep interest in the community and its people.