2013 Keystone Klassic
The 2013 incarnation of the Keystone Klassic was an intimate competitive affair that was reminiscent of MPA contests of days gone by; where in the old Olympic/MPA Gym on Thames Ave the floor was cleared off, a platform set up and the lifters would be warming up in a squat rack before walking past their gathered loved ones to step onto the platform and test their strength against the steel and each other. Sweat, gym chalk, laughter, family and friends, maybe this is what keeps me coming back for more.
Step forward 10 years and the venue was now down the road from Elmwood in St Boniface at Acceleration Performance. This facility is quickly becoming home to some very strong young lifters, part of the future of the MPA and Powerlifting in Manitoba. Guy Page assembled the equipment, the spotter’s and loaders and some of the competitors to make this day a good one.
There were 13 lifters in total including four Special Olympians, one Tammy Hardt was returning to the platform after a lengthy break from competition. Tammy was joined by Reetu Chahal, Robin Latimer and Keiran Gamble. Tammy managed to get in two squats and all three deadlifts but she had some difficulty with the bench. Just a little platform rust that I’m sure will be taken care of in her next contest. Reetu was enthusiastic to lift but she had trouble with her first five attempts missing all three squats and two benches before sorting things out and finishing off strong with a bench and three deadlifts. Robin Latimer was able to demonstrate some solid lifting going 8/9 with a total in the Powerlifting of 295kg. Keiran Gamble is a Benchpress machine! Keiran was lifting in the Push Pull Event and he posted up some solid benches that were record breakers. 107.5 Benchpress and a 110 Deadlift for a solid performance and the Best Lifter trophy in the Special Olympic category.
There was a real back and forth battle in the Women’s 84+ category with the current record holders duking it out and going back and forth with their lifts. In the end Kelli Linforth emerged 2.5kg ahead of Krista Vandewaeter 307.5 to 305! As usual it came down to the final Deadlift. However, here is how this duel played out; Opening squat saw Kelli open with 80kg and Krista with 90. Seconds was dead even with both ladies lifting 97.5! Thirds went 110kg for Kelli and 107.5 for Krista with Kelli securing the new Provincial record. Benchpress was just as close with Kelli starting off with 45kg and Krista showing her prowess by opening with 52.5, advantage Krista. Second attempts saw a replay of the squats with both ladies choosing the same attempt 57.5kg. Kelli was successful and Krista missed hers due to some bar movement on the chest, advantage Kelli. Now Kelli had the lower lot number so she chose a weight to stay ahead and test herself in the process 67.5kg. Krista went up 2.5kg to 60kg and nailed it for a personal best. Kellie missed her third leaving both with a sub total of 167.5kg a tie going into the Deadlift! Drama, you bet! The Deadlift began with Kelli opening with 100kg to Krista’s 117.5 both good lifts – advantage Krista. Second attempts saw Kelli go to 125 and Krista took 130. Now only 5kg separated these ladies. Kelli had the lower lot # so she had to show her hand first. She chose 140kg and Krista put in 137.5kg. Both lifts were successful giving Kelli the win. Was Krista capable of more? Maybe but I was not watching these lifts. Both deadlifted over 300#s and gave us a great battle to witness. Congratulations to the duelling Ks!
There was another battle in the 83kg Men’s weight class as Shawn McCarthy and Derek Wickham both lifted to push up some personal numbers. Shawn last lifted in February and Derek had just competed at the Western Canadians. Shawn went 3/3 in the squat finishing up with 185kg. Derek was 2/3 missing 180 and getting his second at 177.5. In the Bench both men opened with 110 with successful attempts. Shawn then went to 117.5 for a good lift and Derek tried 115 and missed. Both missed their third Benchpress leaving Shawn in the lead at the subtotal. Deadlifts went well with both men being successful with all three attempts. I know Derek hit a PB as he pulled a strong 212.5kg on his second which was a new PB. We had a quick conversation and he put in 220 for a third and nailed it! Shawn was on fire at this contest and finished out his day with a 227.5kg Deadlift and a 530 total for the win to Derek’s 507.5. Nice lifting all around!
Justin Arceo returned to competition for the second time this year. He had the right idea and looked strong in his attempts. The result this time around was 6/9 and a 457.5kg total in the Men’s Junior 93kg class. Justin tried for personal bests on each of his third attempts which if successful would have netted him a 510 total. In any case he lifted well and looked like he was having fun which is what this is all about right Kelli?
Carey Link was lifting in his fourth competition this year and he has shown a steady progression in his lifting under the tutelage of Guy Page. Carey has increased his lifts every contest and posted up an 8/9 day with a 585 total. The difference maker was the Squat which allowed Carey to improve on his total at the Westerns just last month. Congratulations Carey! Keep on lifting as the dedication and hard work are showing.
The 120+ weight class had some quality beef at this year’s version of the Keystone Klassic! As mentioned earlier Robin Latimer had an excellent day only missing one lift! This was the 26th Anniversary of my first contest which happened to be the Keystone Klassic way back in 1987! The quality part comes in with the next two lifters Bend Downs and Will Husarewycz!
I had a goal in mind as this was my first contest back from my torn quadriceps tendon on September of last year. I wanted a 182.5kg Squat and a 547.5 total. I achieved both with a 7/9 day 192.5 Squat, a measly 115kg bench and a 240 Deadlift. The leg felt great but the right shoulder did not like the last bench attempt.
Will and Ben were going to move some big weight as both opened up over 500#s in the squat. Both took an opener of 240kg. Both were successful! Will took 252.5 for a second and got it; Ben went to 260kg and nailed it too! Third attempts saw will take 260 but this proved a little too heavy today. Ben went for a 272.5kg Squat and did this too! A very impressive display of Unequipped squatting! Will opened with 135kg in the bench for a missed lift but regained his composure and lifted 140 and 150 to stay in the hunt. Ben was having a day of days and easily, I mean easily benched 165, 177.5, and 182.5kg to take a commanding lead at the sub-total. The Deadlift is Ben’s lift and he did not disappoint. Will appeared to have some chops in this lift as well as he opened with 280kg!!! Unfortunately for Will he tried 300kg twice and was unsuccessful leaving him with a very respectable 682.5kg total at his first MPA meet. Ben, well Ben was magical on November 24th, 2013 as he opened up with a ridiculously easy 295kg Deadlift and took 320kg on his second for a 600#, 400#, 700# Squat, Bench, Deadlift respectively! But Ben was not done as he called for 330kg or 727 lbs for the largest successful Deadlift by a Manitoban in a Powerlifting event ever…………………EVER! When the dust settled Ben had a 9/9 day a 785kg total and a 445 Wilks Coefficient Total for the Best Lifter Honours!
Guy Page and his crew did another wonderful job of taking care of the spotting and loading. We were fortunate to have several MPA members volunteer to help out at this meet. I know that Janelle Van den Bosch and her boyfriend were there to help out but there was no work for them. Magnus Mason worked hard spotting and loading throughout the day and Guy’s guys were there; Justin Yakiwchuk giving the “light as air” hand offs on the bench and running the platform, James Poirier, Kyle Thompson and Graeme Sorrell three young men with enthusiasm and obviously an appreciation for hard work as they worked up a sweat spotting and loading throughout the day. Thank you all.
Our Referees for this event were Susan Haywood, Tamara Cunningham and Guy Page. Bruce Markham and Jesse Jamison handled the scoresheet.
Every competitor at this meet lifted Unequipped! The future is here and it is the foundation and history of our sport renewed by the simplification of the event to truly find out who is the strongest. The future looks good!
I’ll see you on the wood in 2014.