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Retrospective of meet highlights


Home of Bingo Wednesdays for the residents of Brandon, Manitoba, on Saturday August 10th, the North End Community Center opened its doors for 36 lifters to test their strength on the platform. Crowded and intimate, it was the sort of environment that encouraged introductions. Everyone gathered around to cheer on the competitors as they took the next step in their strength journeys. Through the concerted effort of many, 36 powerlifting totals were made that day. 

The afternoon before, many people came together to set up for the meet. Thank you to Dean Smith, Jordan Smith, Glynis Valguna, Lara Roska, and Randi Chase who helped out despite competing the next day. Thank you to Mathew Bowen, Janet Loesel Sitar, Ryan Kitson, Mike Arient, Tasnim Banuga, Janique Philippe, Hao-yi Sim, Christian Lozano, Dereck Ilarde, Henry de Guzman, and of course my fellow meet director Amanda Moffitt. 

Several establishments sponsored or otherwise contributed to make this meet possible. As our biggest sponsor, Peak Performance provided a space for our referee clinic to take place on Friday, lent us equipment for the warmup room, and decked out our platform crew in Peak Performance shirts. Owner Rodman Batson also celebrated his birthday while on the platform. Happy birthday and thank you, Rodman! LVD Fitness, Apex Elite, Hao-yi Sim, and Geoff Dumas also contributed to our Best Lifter Awards. Supplement King kindly provided every lifter with shaker cups. Brendan Bertrand and Mike Arient also lent us equipment for the warmup room. 

Meet day volunteers are the backbone of any competition. On the platform spotting and loading, we had Drew Simpson, Tasnim Banuga, Josh Seeland, Jessie Christie, Joseph Dabu, Hao-yi Sim, Rob Snow, Liam Snow, and Nathaniel Woodward. Our platform crew worked long hours but remained meticulous; not once was the bar misloaded! At the computer table, we had Amy Schneider, Ryan Kitson, and Claire Pallister. At the registration table, we had Sara and Carrie Smith. Running the warmup room, we had Josh Japson and Christine McGorman. After the meet, many people helped to clean up, but a few stayed for hours more to wrap everything up. A special thank you to Wanda Bosek, Jenn White, Ryan Kitson, Janet Loesel Sitar, Randi Chase, Mat Bowen, Janique Philippe, Lara Roska, and Hao-yi Sim. 

Now onto lifting! Our lone Junior female competitor was Sydney Vanhove of Southwest Strength. Sydney put up a strong 95 kg squat, 55 kg bench, and 115 kg deadlift at her first competition. In the 63 kg Open class, we had two competitors. Glynis Valguna, another first-time competitor, stringed together a solid 9 for 9 day. Our gold medalist Randi Chase had cut down a weight class in hopes of qualifying for Westerns in Saskatoon next month, and she did just that. On her opening deadlift, she hit her qualifier, and went on to finish with a milestone deadlift PR of 142.5 kg or 315 lbs! In the 72 kg class we had two ladies battle it out for first. Tied after squats and bench, Lara Roska finished just 5 kg behind Cayliegh Hart, totalling 305 kg and 310 kg respectively. Another first-time lifter, Deanna Cutler of Team Wild Wind in the 84+ category had a great day on the platform, only missing her third bench. Due to unforeseen circumstances, a Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association meet scheduled for the same day had to be cancelled, so we allowed Franki Nault to compete as a guest lifter for the chance to qualify for Westerns. Coached by SPA president and past CPU president Ryan Fowler, Franki competed equipped and achieved her Westerns qualifier on her second pull. Congrats ladies! 

Ivan Barco and Jeremy Martin competed in the 74 kg Junior Mens category. Cool, calm, and collected, first timer Ivan came out with the win with a 417.5 kg total! Jordan Smith in the 66 kg Open also had the goal of qualifying for Westerns at this meet. He, too, had a 9 for 9 day, closing off Flight A with a 190 kg PR pull to total 455 kg, the exact number for his qualifier. Congrats Jordan!

In Flight B we had our Masters lifters and heavier Open men. In the M1 93 kg class, we had 3 competitors. Greg Alberts took the bronze, Sami Lyons took the silver, and David Woodward came away with the gold through a 9 for 9 performance. His son Nathaniel Woodward endearingly cheered him on through the whole meet as his spotter and loader. What a strong family! David Hrynkow in the M2 74 kg, had planned to be in the 66 kg category for the day but narrowly missed, weighing in at 66.42 kg. Because of this, he wasn’t able to qualify for the full meet at Westerns but we will see him compete as Bench Only instead. Dean Smith in the M2 83 kg also had the goal of qualifying for Westerns. He needed his last pull of 185 kg to do this, but it wasn’t quite there. Still, he improved the 3 Lift M2 83 kg Provincial Bench Press Record to 142.5 kg. Way to go, Dean! 

18-year-old Angel Tomas was our only competitor in the 83kg Junior category; he had a near-perfect first time on the platform, going 8 for 9 and finishing with an easy 190 kg deadlift. Denis Hart and Rey Abucot, both hailing from Stronghold Titan, battled it out in the 105’s, finishing only 15 kg apart. Rey triumphed with a 555 kg total while Denis finished with 540 kg. Patrick Wilcox in the 120 kg category had a rough start with squats, needing his third attempt to stay in the meet, but listened to his commands and finished strong. Dennis Holian took the 120 kg Open gold, having a 9/9 day to total 452.5 kg. Four men competed in the 120+ kg category. Andrew Chartrand bagged the bronze, only missing his third bench and going on to total 582.5 kg. Colby Falk demonstrated technical mastery in all his lifts, finishing with a huge 622.5 kg total  for the silver. Cory Aitken only missed his opening bench on a technicality; he completed every other lift successfully, ending with a 635 kg total.

In Flight C we had our historically most-populated classes, the 83’s and 93’s. In the 83 kg class, Rodman Batson, our top sponsor for the meet, finished with the bronze medal. Mark Herrera finished with the silver, only 7.5 kg behind our gold medalist Brendan Bertrand. In the Junior 93’s, we had Jowel Shuffler and Jerome Restar. Both coached by Jonah Dabu, these boys had a tight competition, totalling 560 kg and 567.5 kg respectively. In the Open 93s we had 5 competitors! As MPA President Mathew Bowen put it, there was a “Game of Thrones” for the silver medal position. Mikal Thrones prevailed over his brother Nicholas Thrones by way of a monster 285 kg / 628 lb deadlift. David Banman of Devloo’s Gym in Morden came away with the well-deserved gold, finishing with a huge 645 kg total. 

We also awarded Best Lifter awards by IPF Points. They received their Best Lifter plaques, gift cards from LVD Fitness and Amazon, fanny packs and shirts from Apex Elite, one of our new MPA logo tees, and an additional free nutrition consult from Hao-yi Sim and a free massage from Geoff Dumas for the Open Best Lifter. Each also received a gag gift of wheat cereal. Mini Wheats were given to Jerome Restar, who was our Junior Best Lifter, achieving 518.49 IPF Points. Shredded Wheats were awarded to our Best Master Lifter David Hrynkow, who finished with 466.20 IPF Points! David Banman now has the honour of having Cream of Wheat cereal for breakfast, as he was our Open Best Lifter with a 617.34 IPF Points! 

Platform totals are meaningful as they signify a quality of lifting not always upheld in training. We have our referees to thank for upholding the standard of the IPF, of which we as MPA are affiliates. We had Mathew Bowen as our technical controller; in the side chairs we had Amanda Burg and our newest MPA referee Janique Philippe. I sat in the head chair, while Krista Sanger acted as our Jury. Thank you, fellow referees! 

A final round of thank you’s to our media team Chris Ngo and Quang Nguyen of CB Studios; to Janique Philippe, who as a Certified Athletic Therapist, was also our designated First Aid responder for the meet; and finally to MPA President Mathew Bowen and my fellow Meet Director Amanda Moffitt who were patient and understanding in showing me the ropes for my first time meet directing.

Thank you all for a great weekend and see you at Shake the Interlake

Thea Olalia

Meet Director

2019 MPA Provincial Championships Meet Report

Mathew Bowen, MPA President and Meet Director, reporting for duty.  What a whirlwind weekend we had! 

Provincials now being prerequisite to higher level competitions, in combination with the ever deepening pool of athletes we have, made this year’s installment of Provincials much more spectacular than ever before.  These Championships felt prestigious, eventful and special.  Our Best Club battle was tighter than last year with a newly renovated rubric.  There were some pretty significant battles for medals, and the lifters vying for best lifter awards (and rewards) added another level of prestige. 

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Movement Powerlifting Classic 2.0 Meet Report

The Movement Powerlifting Classic 2.0 kicked off in high spirits as the first spring event of the year!

After weigh-ins we had 39 Lifters in three flights, including 2 equipped lifters and 1 bench only competitor. We focused flight one on bringing light to the amazing lifters in our sub-junior and masters division, and our third and final flight consisted of our strong female lifters.

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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

2018 17 Wing Open Meet Report

2018 17 Wing Strength Club Meet Report

First off, let me give a special thank you for everyone who volunteered, lifted, sponsored the event, or even just came to spectate. Without those willing to take the
time and effort to participate in these meets they wouldn’t be possible.

Secondly, I’d like to personally thank some people who helped me run this meet smoothly, as this was my first time doing so:
-Robert Snow
-Mathieu Kuhn
-Jake Buddingh
-Mathew Bowen
-John Bowen

Thank you to our sponsors:
– Brickhouse Gym
-Black Rifle Coffee
– Apex Elite

also the volunteers:
-Randi-Lee Chase
-Liam Snow
-Andrew McPherson
-Michael Chan
-Anastasi Iurovski
-Tyler MacInnis
-Jose Vincent Cortes
-Emilya Snow

-Hailey Kostynuik

Also, a very special thank you to all the athletes and coaches for all your hard work.

We are very excited to see you next year !

Michael Lamothe and Mathieu Kuhn
Meet Directors
2018 17 Wing Open

2018 Portage Strength Classic Meet Report

2018 Portage Strength Classic Meet Report

The reincarnation of the once lost Portage Strength Classic was recently brought back by myself (Matt Robertson) alongside Paige Kernot and Janet Loesel Sitar. MPA President Mathew Bowen was very helpful leading some brand new meet directors. Thank you Mat, we could not have done it without your guidance.

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2018 Movement Powerlifting Classic Meet Report

2018 Movement Powerlifting Classic Meet Report

By Alyssa Amanda Burg (Meet Director)

It has been over a week since the meet has concluded and as always here is the post-meet report.

I first and foremost would like to thank the owners of Movement for allowing the MPA to run a meet out of their gym.  The venue was an appropriate size for our 37 lifters, 6 officials, and numerous volunteers and spectators. Thank you Movement!

Just like every meet on this planet, it could not be possible without our volunteers.  Huge shout out to the MPA volunteer coordinator Jannelle Van Den Bosch for gathering volunteers for the set-up and day of the meet.

Our set-up crew consisted of:
Cody Dietrich (Co-owner of Movement)
Chris Cadiz (Co-owner of Movement)
Nhan Nguyen
Polo Marcalinas
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2018 MPA Provincials Meet Report

A Brief Backstory: I had been looking for a place to train in Selkirk after finding out that “The Gym” had closed last spring (RIP). Well, as luck would have it I stumbled upon an Open House advertisement for Iron Image last November. They were a brand new gym, and I could tell from photos they had bought out some equipment from the recently closed “The Gym”. I went and checked it out on work break one day. What I stumbled into was this massive, former warehouse, with a wicked amount of space (for activities!), with significantly less mold and rain water buckets than “The Gym” had. As MPA President – and a man forever fighting the good fight against “Perimiteritis” – my first thought was, “Meet?!”. Co-owners Matt Evans Sr. and Tom Pachal, men with goals of hypertrophy for their gym and fitness in general, were immediately interested. I spoke with Susan shortly thereafter and stated to her “…Provincials?!” She and Brock visited the venue and met the co-owners as well. Turns out that co-owner, Tom Pachal, had been strength training lately and was interested in competing in powerlifting. He took the CPU Coaching Certification workshop last year and would go on to qualify for Provincials at the Brickhouse Power Challenge. One thing led to another and we set a date. June 23rd: 2018 MPA Provincial Championships.
We would like to thank Steeltown Ford, 204 Skate Shop, Stanley Electric, Sunova Credit Union, realtor Brad Hirst, Innerstrength Products, Titan Canada, Muscletech, and Rivaluis for sponsoring this event. The Haywoods and I were in Calgary at the IPF Classic World Championships earlier in the month, which left us otherwise occupied in the lead-up to this event. Tom and Matt answered the call, stepped up for preparations, and found some terrific sponsors to help feed our volunteers, donate prize packs, and support Powerlifting in Selkirk. Thank you to Iron Image and all of its sponsors!

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2018 Brickhouse Power Challenge Meet Report

The dust has settled following the 2018 Brickhouse Power Challenge and what an event it was!

This was the first time MPA used an “independent meet director” in Paul Taylor for planning, hosting, funding, and operating an MPA meet – kudos to Paul Taylor, JT Smith and the staff at Brickhouse Gym for planning and hosting a packed event, full of sponsors, fans, food and even a closed circuit television system!  They took care of registration, paperwork, refreshments, supplies and setup and did an excellent job.

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