2017 MPA President’s Report
2017 has been a very busy year for the MPA. We successfully put forth a bid to host the 2017 CPU Western Powerlifting Championships at the CPU AGM in February. This effort was taken on by our Meet Directors Susan Haywood and Amanda Burg. There were many details that were discussed, decided upon and implemented which served to make the event a success. This was not accomplished without the traditional support of the MPA membership at large. We had excellent participation and work ethic from our members. Many of you not only volunteered but lifted at the Westerns and contributed in some way to the success of the event. Thank you all for this!
The MPA membership has consistently been over 100+ members throughout the year. The present membership stands at 124 members. Although we are not the largest of provinces by membership we have demonstrated steady growth and an increase in our competitive membership not only locally but on the National and International stage.
The MPA has invested in the future during 2017. We purchased a trailer to house and transport the competition equipment, we also purchased another ER Rack for the Westerns. Another investment was made in an Elieko Competition bar and collars, 2 x 25kg plates, 2 x 10 kg plates and new record plates. This was done to accommodate larger weights on the competition platform and to replace some older plates that had fallen outside of the acceptable parameters for competition purposes.
We are presently pursuing the purchase a new set of competition lights. These are the DSL units that we had borrowed from the CPU to run the Westerns.
The MPA did make a modest amount of money from hosting the Westerns. Our bank balance is presently at $10,392.05. It is important moving forward that the MPA remains fiscally responsible to our members so we can continue to invest in promoting the sport within the province.
The future is bright! We have been pursuing and encouraging our Meet Directors to assume control of their events and to operate independently. We have also increased our Officiating base by running Referee’s Clinics. We have some new Provincial Referees and some who are ready to step up and write the National Referee test.
The CPU has implemented the Coaching Certification program and the first class will be run in Winnipeg in December. The CPU has also made a significant investment in drug free sport over the past few years. Unfortunately, a MPA member did test positive for PEDs at our Provincials. The good news is that our entire membership has complied with the online clean sport training. This promotes knowledge and prepares our athletes for participation in this wonderful sport of Powerlifting.
As many of you know I am stepping down as MPA President. I have served as part of the MPA Executive for over 20 years. It has been a privilege to witness the growth of our sport throughout this time. This does not mean I am “riding off into the sunset” however, it does mean that I feel I have accomplished the goal of preparing you, the next generation of lifters, executive members, coaches and referees to step up and assume control of the MPA for the future. I’ll see you on the wood.
Yours in Sport,
IPF Category I Referee
CPU Referee Chairman