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Reminder on Nominations for MPA Executive Positions

Below is copied from the Constitution. I have received some nominations but they are missing the communication from the Nominee (4.4 a) which would make it official so I can post it here and on the MPA Website. Please see below if you have nominated someone or intend to nominate someone to sit for election at our AGM.

Election of Directors
4.3 Nominations Committee – The Board will appoint a Nominations Committee. The Nominations Committee will be responsible to solicit nominations for the election of the Directors.

4.4 Nomination – Any nomination of an individual for election as a Director will:
a) Include the written consent of the nominee by signed or electronic signature;
b) Comply with the procedures established by the Nominations Committee; and
c) Be submitted to the Registered Office of the Corporation seven (7) days prior to the Annual Meeting. This timeline may be extended by Ordinary Resolution of the Board.

4.5 Nominations from the Floor – Nominations for elections of a Director will only be accepted from the floor if there is not a candidate meeting the requirements defined in Section 4.4.

4.6 Incumbents – Individuals currently on the Board of Directors wishing to be re-elected are not subject to nomination.

Brock Haywood
MPA President

Descriptions of MPA Executive Positions

Below I have copied the descriptions of the Executive positions within the MPA. These are open for nominations for all positions as this is an election year. I am doing this for clarity so the potential candidates understand what the expectation and responsibilities are.

2.1.0 President
2.1.1 The President is the primary point of contact for any outside agencies currently working in association with the MPA or that wish to form an association with the MPA.

2.1.2 The President is the only Director who, with approval from the Board of Directors, can enter into agreements with outside agencies.

2.1.3 The President is responsible for the following:
a) Directing the debate and keeping order at meetings of the Members according to the traditions and rules of parliamentary procedure
b) Presenting all awards at Provincial competitions. This duty may be delegated to other officials provided that all presenters are dressed in a manner appropriate to the occasion and to their office
c) Producing an informational column, to be written three times per year and distributed to each Member for newspaper publishing and for posting on the MPA website
d) Organizing all Provincial Teams
e) Appointing an interim Secretary at a meeting of the Members or a meeting of the Board in the event that the Secretary is absent

2.1.4 In the case of equal voting on a motion at a meeting of the Board, the President, as Chair, will vote a second time to break the tie.

2.2.0 Vice President
2.2.1 The Vice President, is responsible for the following:
a) Supporting Provincial Team members by addressing questions concerns and providing guidance before and after National Events
b) Interfacing between Members and the MPA
c) Distributing grassroots programs to clubs designed to increase participation and capacity
d) Developing and implementing team selection criteria, for consideration by the Technical Committee, for athlete participation in Regional and National level competitions and training camps
e) Acting as the “social media face and voice” of the MPA by liaising and communicating with the public, funding partners, and other parties within and outside of the powerlifting community
f) Performing all the duties of the President, including presiding at meetings of the Board or meetings of the Members, the absence of President.
g) Other duties assigned by the Board

2.3.0 Athlete Liaison
2.3.1 The Athlete Liaison is responsible for the following:
a) Liaising with all provincial level athletes in support of their individual competitive goals
b) Assisting athletes in learning the rules of competition and assisting in the interpretation of the MPA Constitution

2.4.0 Secretary
2.4.1 The Secretary is responsible for the following:
a) Assisting the President in carrying out and conveying the wishes of the Board to the Secretary of the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU)
b) Taking and keeping the minutes of all meetings of the Board and meetings of the Members
c) Handling all official MPA correspondence
d) Giving due notice to all Members of a meeting of the Members
e) Updating the MPA Bylaws following any amendments and forwarding a copy to the MPA webmaster for posting on the MPA website within 30 days of the amendments being approved
f) Maintaining and updating the MPA’s policies and procedures as required

2.5.0 Treasurer
2.5.1 The Treasurer is responsible for the following:
a) Supervising the management and the disbursement of funds of the MPA
b) Keeping proper accounting records which will be annually verified by an independent auditor
c) Providing the Board of Directors, monthly bank reconciliations including itemized monthly cash disbursements and deposits along with quarterly financial statements (that include an income statement and balance sheet) to be provided to the Board of Directors within the following month end.
d) Presenting an audited report at the Annual Meeting

2.6.0 Officiating Chairman
2.6.1 The Officiating Chairman may attend meetings of the Board of Directors but is not a Director and may not vote at meetings of the Board.

2.6.2 The Officiating Chairman is responsible for the following:
a) Testing of Provincial Referees
b) Maintaining constant communication with the CPU Officiating Chairmen concerning developments which involve referees and changes to the technical rules
c) Submitting an annual report at the Annual Meeting
d) Conducting an annual Provincial Officiating Clinic for all potential and current referees.
e) Approving the Provincial Referee’s Written Examinations that are being used by all Members
f) Having the final authority on matters involving interpretation of the Technical Rules, with the option of contacting the CPU Technical Committee for clarification when necessary

2.7.0 Records Chairman
2.7.1 The Record Chairman is responsible for the following:
a) The Records Chairman shall maintain communication with the MPA Webmaster to keep online MPA Provincial Records up-to date.
b) The Records Chairman shall be responsible for receiving record applications.

2.8.0 Registration Chairman
2.8.1 The Registration Chairman is responsible the following:
a) The Registration Chairman shall maintain an up-to date list of all provincially-registered members with current contact information.
d) The registration chairman shall liaison with the providers of the electronic membership system and the National Registration Chairman to resolve any registration issues.

Brock Haywood
MPA President


I posted the MPA Constitution as well as updating the MPA records after the Provincials and another file with the Westerns results of Manitobans entered.

Some interesting observations:
A 30 year old Provincial Standard fell to Paige R. Kernot. She replaced Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame member Theresa Brick with her efforts in the Junior 72kg class.

Lot #s pay off as two members beat their fellow lifters by lifting the record first due to lot #.

Congratulations to everyone for your efforts. The Certificates are going to take a little longer.


Western’s Thoughts

Western’s thoughts:

The 2017 CPU Westerns Powerlifting Championships is now in the record books. It was a long process to prepare for this meet. We needed to decide as a Province to submit a bid. When we did that people stepped up and we were connected with Tourism Manitoba who helped us put together a wonderful proposal that was well received. This past February, once the CPU Executive Council decided to award the bid to Manitoba the logistics of meet planning began.
There is now a certain amount of responsibility to host a top notch, first class event for the CPU. We are a growing sport with very competitive athletes. It is our duty as the Provincial affiliate of the CPU and as Meet Directors and Referees to ensure that the highest standard of quality is established and maintained. In that way our athletes will be better prepared as they progress through the ranks and represent Canada on the International stage.
Some of you may have heard me say throughout this process that hosting a meet is a community effort. In Manitoba the MPA has a tradition of working by committee. What that means is that no one person is solely responsible for the success or failure of the event. We get together, work to our strengths and delegate duties to make our powerlifting events happen. I am proud to say that the MPA and her members stepped up in a big way this year.
Susan Haywood and Amanda Burg were the meet directors but it was an effort by more than these two ladies. Amanda did an amazing job of exploring and securing the Victoria Inn as our venue. She also worked very hard to recruit an amazing collection of sponsors to help support our event. Susan used her experience and vision to guide the process and to craft a lifter friendly environment.
Devin Laferriere volunteered to design and make the trophies. He also worked to make the banner that hung behind the platform visually appealing. His work was amazing and I feel that the athletes that won the best lifter awards will have a memento worthy of their trophy case.
Mathew Bowen again stepped up as Volunteer Coordinator to arrange an amazing platoon of spotters and loaders, score table, speaker and sales volunteers that really made the meet flow. I have never seen such a consistent group of volunteers and your help and hard work were very much appreciated. Well done Mathew!
Our Vice President Rob Snow used his creativity and savvy to ensure we had a memorable lifting platform. Rob coordinated the set up and the tear down of the venue and was an eager participant in our organizing meetings while bouncing ideas off of each other out here in the Interlake. He also was acting in an official capacity as Referee or Technical Controller throughout the weekend.
David Gurvey connected us with Tourism Manitoba, he then secured Winnipeg Pins from the city for the lifter bags and used his connections to get Winnipeg’s own Mayor the Honorable Brian Bowman to come to our opening ceremonies and welcome the lifters, coaches and out of province vendors to our city and event.
There were some real work horses on the platform throughout the weekend. Ben Langley helped out for two solid days before flying out to South Africa to compete for Canada in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships. Ryan Kolesar withdrew from the competition due to injury and then worked harder that he would have lifting by spotting for several days. Brooklyn, Anastasia, Thea, Jennifer, Jenny, and the list goes on all worked very hard to cover the various volunteer positions we had available.
Andrew Langelaar built some new Chalk Boxes worthy of powerlifters to use in the back room. Then he lifted on Sunday and was the best overall Junior Male Powerlifter!
We had 207 entries and when the chalk dust settled I believe I counted 185 competitors. There some withdrawals due to sickness or injury and some lifters had conflicts which prevented them from travelling. There were others that did not show but that is the norm for larger meets.
How about those MPA member performances? Amanda Moffitt won her class in the M1 women. CJ Stewart broke the 47kg Women’s Open Benchpress record and had the second highest Wilks Total. She was second only to Hailey Kostynuik who had a massive 456 Wilks and her own National Record. Nhan Nguyen had the second highest Wilks for the men and won Gold in a stacked 83kg weigh class. In fact I believe that Manitoba swept the medals in this class. Jannelle Van Den Bosch not only won her class she secured her first ever 400 Wilks. Kristy Fisher won the 63kg Open Women’s class. Dave Gurvey won the M2 74kg class. Paige Kernot destroyed the competition in the 72kg Junior Women’s class. Megan Swidnicki won Gold and Jocelyn Blake took Silver in the Open Women’s 84kg class. As mentioned Hailey won Gold in the Open 84+ and Lexie Elias took the Bronze in the same class.
In the Junior Men’s division Mathew Roberts took Silver in the 74kg Sub Junior category. Liam Shaw won Gold in the 105 Junior class. Jaydan Sisson took Silver in the 83kg Junior category with Michael Lamothe and Christian Lozano taking the Bronze and fourth respectively in the same class. Phuoc Nhut Tran took Silver in the Junior 105 class and Andrew Langelaar as mentioned won the 120+ Junior Men’s class and the overall best Junior lifter.
The top six places in the Men’s 83kg class belonged to Manitobans. Nhan Nguyen – Gold, Michael Chan – Silver, Henry de Guzman Bronze and Kurt Kornelsen just missing Bronze and finishing fourth. Brian Duaqui was sixth! It was a big class. Devan Normandin tied for third but took fourth on bodyweight in the 93kg class. Devin Laferriere took the Bronze in the Open 120kg class and Daniil Naumov took the Bronze in the Open Men’s 120+ class.
In the Benchpress Jessica Antony took the Gold in the Open Women’s 84kg class. Olimar Gutierrez won the Gold in the Junior Men’s 93kg Bench and Mathew Bowen (puking all the way on his third attempt ) took Silver in the Men’s 83kg Bench.
We got to see Ryan Stinn conquer his long time goal of a 400kg Squat! Also, our friend and neighbour from Atikokan, ON Joe Lecuyer benched a monstrous 255kg and just miss 265kg on his third in the Classic 120+ Open Men’s class.
We had two new National Referees pass their tests. Congratulations to Angelina Van Ryswyk from Alberta and Linda McFeeters from Ontario on accomplishing this feat. Thank you to Bette Festing (BC), Lucas Tetreault (SK), Rhaea Stinn (SK), Shantelle Szuch (SK), Ryan Fowler (SK), and President Mark Giffin for coming to assist Sue, myself, Robert Snow, Krista Sanger, Mathew Bowen and Janet Loesel Sitar in handling the officiating duties.
The sport of Powerlifting can offer us many things. It makes us stronger, improves our self-worth, connects us with the community, and is just darned fun to do. I am very proud to be connected to such a wonderful group of people. I think the future looks bright for our sport overall and our sport within Manitoba.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a success. We will see you on the wood.


Volunteers for Westerns Needed

*Volunteers Needed* for CPU Western Championships September 8-10 at Winnipeg’s Airport Victoria Inn! Physical (spotters, loaders) and non-physical (MC, Data Entry, Attempt Taker, merch table, registration, warm-up room coordinator) spots available! See link below for public spreadsheet and availabilities.
Contact Mathew Bowen for info and registration!

Westerns Volunteers
Friday Friday September 8, 2017 Session 1( Weigh in– 06: 00; Lifting– 08: 00), Volunteer Coordinator: Flight A: Masters Women 63kg– 84+ kg= 14 lifters Flight B: 47kg Masters Women& All Masters Men= 12 lifters, Vince( tentatively after 6pm)…

The CPU Needs some new volunteers

Hello MPA members, there are some positions becoming available within the CPU. If you are interested in taking on some responsibility and supporting the sport we all love please see below. I have copied this from an e-mail from the CPU President Mark Giffin.

The CPU is in need of:

• Records Chair
• Registration Chair
• Director of Public Relations

Scope and responsibilities for these roles can be found in the CPU Policies and Procedures, Articles 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

Also, we need someone to manage Women’s CPU Ranking.

Finally, the CPU Board intends to move forward with an RFP Committee. Their first task will be to pull together the scope and details related to upgrade and maintenance of the CPU Website.
Resumes should be directed to the CPU President Mark Giffin. Cut off for submission is September 15, 2017.
The CPU is a growing organization and we need volunteers at every level (not just schlepping plates at a contest). If you are interested in this opportunity it will look good on a resume and you are applying and acquiring skills that can serve you in other aspects of your life.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

Erinview Closed Meet Results added

There was a closed meet held today (Sunday June 11, 2017) for two individuals who were unable to compete at last week’s Provincial Championships. The results have been posted here and sent to the CPU webmaster.

Thank you to Krista Sanger, Amanda Burg, Marc Bergen, Devin Laferriere, Jannelle Van Den Bosch, Margo Morberg – Berry, a tall gentleman from Brickhouse, my lovely wife Susan Haywood for the help.

Congratulations to Paul Taylor and Jesse Jamison for achieving their qualifying totals for the Westerns.