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CPU NATS 2020: How Do I Get There?

So you’ve heard the exciting news – CPU Nationals 2020 will be in Winnipeg. You’d love to be a part of it but aren’t quite sure what you need to do to get there. Read on to learn all the requirements to compete at Nationals as an MPA member!

  • Compete at any local meet. This will be your chance to qualify for Provincials and higher-level meets.
  • Compete at Provincials within 2 years of the intended Nationals. MPA’s 2019 Provincial Championships will be held on June 22-23 at Holiday Inn. Registration is open until June 1st, and can be found here. For the qualifying totals to compete at Provincials, click here.  At the discretion of the MPA Board of Directors, referees may officiate and IPF international event competitors may volunteer at Provincials in lieu of competing. 
  • Compete at Regionals within 2 years of the intended Nationals. This is for first time Nationals competitors only. You can compete at any of the Regional Championships but Westerns is often the most feasible for us Manitobans. 2019 Western Championships will be held on September 6-8, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Qualifying totals were raised at this year’s CPU AGM in March and can be found here
  • Achieve the National qualifying total. These were also increased at this year’s CPU AGM and can be found here
  • Volunteer in MPA within 1 year of the intended Nationals. Register to volunteer at Provincials here

FAQ

I achieved the Provincial qualifying total 3 years ago but haven’t competed since then. Can I still compete at Provincials? Yes. Currently, the MPA does not have a time limit on Provincial QTs. 

Do I have to qualify for Nationals at Regionals? No, these are separate requirements. You must register a total at both Provincials and Regionals, but can achieve your National QT at any prior meet. (Similarly, you must register a total at Provincials to be eligible to compete at Regionals but the Regional QT can be from any prior meet.)

Why were the qualifying totals increased? The membership is simply growing faster than the referees and volunteers can effectively support. Additionally, Nationals is meant to be the premier event in the CPU, so increasing qualifying totals to correspond to the quality of lifting we see today only makes sense. 

If I’ve already competed at Nationals, do I still have to achieve the new qualifying total? Yes. You do not have to compete at Regionals again, but the new QT’s do apply to everyone.

Do I have to compete at the weight class I qualified at? No. After you’ve achieved the qualifying total at the weight class you competed in, you can elect to compete at any other weight class for higher-level meets. 

If you still have any questions, please feel free to send them to us on our Instagram or our Facebook page!

BRICKHOUSE POWER CHALLENGE 2019 Meet report

The 4thannual Brickhouse Power Challenge was a huge success this year!

The meet was one of the largest hosted in Manitoba with 56 lifters competing, 3 of which represented Special Olympics Canada. Thanks to the expansion of Brickhouse Gym, we were able to comfortably hold the meet with the same set up as last year and run 2 sessions – using the newly renovated side as the athlete warm up area.  

Several provincial records were broken at this meet:

Johanna Theroux – 72 Open 82.5 kg bench press

Sylvie Dube-Forslund – 84 Open 190 kg deadlift and 430 kg total

Lynell Johnson – 52 Masters 1 82.5 kg squat, 52.5 kg bench press, 95 kg deadlift, and 230 kg total

Teresa Vanderzanden – 84 Masters 1 107.5 kg deadlift and 232.5 kg total

Daniel Mondor – 93 Junior 235.5 kg squat

Nhan Nguyen – 83 Open 250 kg squat

Brent Smith – 83 Masters 1 and Masters 2 182.5 kg squat, 125 kg bench press, and 502.5 kg total

Our best lifters were Sylvie Dube-Forslund and Nhan Nguyen. Sylvie totaled 430 kg at 82.70 kg body weight, registering an IPF coefficient of 661.22. Nhan totaled 672.5 kg at 78.40 kg body weight, registering an IPF coefficient of 705.83. 

An event like this is not possible without all of our volunteers. We owe a huge thank you to the following people who offered up their Friday/Saturday to make this meet run as smoothly as it did! Thank you to Michael Lamothe, Lexie Elias, Dean Smith, David Hrynkow, Jocelyn Espenell, Janique Philippe, Dave Ouellette, Lisa Smith, Russell Salada, Shawn Obradovic-Mollons, Audrey Mifflin, Michelle Curry, Regine Tolentino, Randi Chase, Vince Green, Tamra Potrebka, Darryl Conrad, Drake Moslenko, Jessica Antony, Alex Palmer, Margo Morberg-Berry, Reece Pattyn, Ryan Kolesar, Andy Orobko, Mikal Thrones, Nathan Eisbrenner, and Sara Gregory.

We would also like to thank our sponsors for helping to make this event happen: Black Rifle Coffee Company, Car-Lou Automotive, White Lion Athletics, Electra Sign, Gear Up and Go, Popeye’s Supplements, Teeyah’s, Optimum Nutrition, Fitness Experience, and Clear Spring Ice. 

Finally, we would like to thank all the athletes, coaches, MPA members and spectators who made the Power Challenge the biggest meet to date! We look forward to next year!

Paul Taylor & Megan Swidnicki