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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

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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2017 17 Wing Open Meet Report

2017 17 Wing Open Meet Report
 
The 12th Annual 17 Wing Open Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship have concluded and oh, what a day of lifting we saw! 36 competitors competed over three flights and it took a lot of effort from many people to make that happen.
 
First and foremost, thank you to our meet directors, Robert Snow and Mathieu Kuhn, members of the 17th Wing Strength Club. They spent their afternoon retrieving the meet equipment before setting up the venue’s stage and warmup area with assistance from but a few personal helpers. The venue looked beautiful. Our directors coordinated with the venue, provided refreshments for our volunteers and referees, ran the day-of operations smoothly throughout the competition, and led the clean-up efforts thereafter. The warm-up room had been disassembled before the end of the awards ceremony! Thank you both very much.
 
Secondly, to our thank you to all of our volunteers. Without volunteers, our competitions simply cannot take place. Without our platform crew, lifting itself cannot occur. Almost entirely comprised of inexperienced members, our crew was running like a well-oiled machine in no time.
 
Mikal Thrones showed up unannounced and took on the vacant role of Platform General. Mikal led a team that had ZERO misloads for the day – very impressive. Taha Hijazi handled back spotting duties for the day and did a fantastic job. Brennan McIntyre, Kelvin Lai, Jeff Nguyen, Shawn Obradovic-Mollons and Justin Puffalt worked tirelessly; some without a single break, in order to safely protect our lifters throughout the day. Nearly 300 attempts took place and there was not a single misload, nor did they miss “catching” any failed lift. Outstanding work, gentlemen!
 
At the head table, Hao-Yi Sim operated our computer and electronic scoresheet without error, Jarett Myskiw managed and recorded the attempts submitted by lifters, Megan Poirer was drafted in as timekeeper, and the combination of Anastasia “Gena” Iurovski, Joey Simms, and Amanda Burg stepped up to the task of announcing. Michael Chan was our relay man from, and coordinator from within, the warm-up area. He helped oversee a safe, fair, efficient warmup space, as well as helping lifters time their journeys from the warmup room to the stage.
 
A third thank you to our sponsors. Apex Elite (@apexelite_wpg) was on hand taking photographs of the competition and selling merchandise. Lifters will be able to purchase photo packages after those packages have been developed. Contact apexelite16@gmail.com with name and flight for details! Empty Calories & Co. (@emptycaloriesco) for providing utterly mouth-watering treats for those in attendance. Everything looked and tasted scrumptious. Yum!
 
On November 24th we had seven new referees pass their Provincial referee exam and were able to have three of them – Jennifer-Grace Cruz, CJ Stewart, and Kristy Fisher – take turns in the side chair for 17 Wing. Krista Sanger and Mathew Bowen called attempts from the head chair. We were fortunate to have Cat 1 Referee and MPA Past President, Brock Haywood, serve as a jury to our referees calling the lifts. The jury serves as a useful tool to deal with objections, clarify issues and explain fouls, answer questions, and provide feedback to referees.
 
On now to the lifting. Where to begin?! We had a total of 36 entrants compete over three flights. In flight A, Johanna Theroux returned to competition for first place in the 72kg Open class with a couple of personal bests and a 372.5kg total. One of our new Provincial Referees, Thea Olalia, elected to lift as an open lifter, weighing in as a light 84kg lifter at 72.8kg. She overcame laughter and a fast “Squat” command in order to go 9 for 9 with a 365.65 Wilks Score – good for the Best Female Lifter Award and first place in her class. Audrey Mifflin secured first place in the 84+ class, recovering from a missed second deadlift, going 8 for 9.
 
In the M1 72kg class, long-time rivals Janet Loesel Sitar and Amanda Moffitt duked it out once again. Amanda managed to hit a new personal best squat of 95kg and obtained a 270kg total. Janet made the cut down from the 84kg class and was able to secure two new M1 72kg provincial records with a 152.5kg deadlift and 330kg total!
 
MPA Vice-President, Susan Haywood, competed against herself in the M3 84kg class, and set two new provincial records with a 50kg bench press and 217.5kg total. Our female Bench Press Only lifters, Jessica Antony and Alyssa Amanda Burg, both secured qualifying totals for Nationals and won their respective 84 and 84+ kg Open classes with 67.5kg and 80kg Personal Bests! Congratulations to all of our female lifters!
 
On to the men. Nathaniel Woodward (and his fan club) showed up as our solo Subjunior competitor, going 5 for 9 in his first meet and earning a 362.5 kg total; setting all four provincial records in the 66kg Subjunior class. Welcome to the sport, Nathaniel! Jordan Smith shook off his nerves and had a fantastic day, setting three records in the 59 Junior class with a 117.5kg squat, 75kg Bench Press and a total of 326.5kg. Jayson Palapuz returned to the 66kg Junior class, setting three records as well. He finished with a 180kg squat, 227.5kg deadlift, and 517.5kg total; managing to achieve an impressive 407.25 Wilks score. Joshua “340” Japson managed to lock out all three of his deadlifts, becoming “Mr. 391” with a 391.73 wilks and first place in the 74kg junior class.
*Edit: Jonathon Leung gets his own paragraph because yours truly is ignorant and left him out! This man went 7 for 9 and upgraded from The 1000lbs Club to the 500kg Club, and earned a gold medal in the 74kg Open class! Pretty impressive for self admitted dehydrated member of #TeamForgotHowToWarmup. Well done, sir!*
 
Flight B consisted entirely of 83kg lifters! 83kg is by far the most populated set of weight classes in Manitoba Powerlifting today, and featured our most competitive lifting of the day at 17 Wing. We had 6 lifters in the 83kg junior class. Matthew Delaurier was unable to total due to not successfully completing a squat, but he did have the second highest bench press of the grouping with 125kg. Though Nolan Novotny lifted in flight C due weighing in light, fourth place turned out to be a battle. Patrick Barbaro was able to score 427.5kg and Nolan Novotny fell short by just 2.5kg. Thomas Crandall was a step up and took bronze with a 442.5 total. Alexander Palmer improved upon his bests, taking silver with a 557.5kg total and 375.59 Wilks. Our 83kg junior gold medalist, and Best Junior Lifter of the day, Jonah Dabu, scored a 414.31 Wilks coefficient. He broke the squat record with 220.5kg aiding him towards a new record total of 620.5kg!
 
The 83kg Open class featured the tightest competition of the contest. There were two tough battles between four competitors – one for bronze and one for gold. Victor Aguilar-Bajaras and Skyler Lanting each entered on short notice, as they were initially reserves prior to other entrants having withdrawn their entries. Skyler was likely watching the score board before he hit his third deadlift, finishing with 552.5kg, 2.5 kg greater than Victor’s then-subtotal. However, Victor managed to successfully lockout his third deadlift and take bronze with 557.5kg. The most heated battle of the event was for the gold medal in the 83kg class. Adrian Theroux won the squat battle 225kg to 210kg, Russell Salada won the bench battle with a 120kg to 105kg. Tied at that point, it all came down to deadlifts. Both men entered 262.5kg for third attempts. Russell and his delayed reaction managed to complete his lift for a 592.5kg total, while Adrian did not manage to lockout his third attempt, finishing with 590. Congratulations to both men for their performances and results.
 
Our 83kg Open Bench Press Only class featured Dereck Illarde and Nhan Nguyen. Both men have been battling back injuries but this has evidently not slowed down their bench press progress, as both men went 3 for 3. Dereck has managed to sharpen his technique and add 25kg to his competitive bench press best since February, finishing with a remarkable 145kg third attempt. Nhan broke the 83kg bench only record pushing the class ceiling to 160kg. The 83 kg classes provide a great reminder that while we don’t often see it at the local level, powerlifting is first and foremost a *sport*. Kudos, gentlemen.
 
Onward to flight C! Daniel Monteverde was able to rehab a lingering injury in his offseason and return to full meet competition with ferocity. He finished with a 545kg total, going 8 for 9 and taking the first place medal in the 93kg Open class. The 105kg Open class had four competitors within. Burton Duncan was another last minute entrant who finished with 430kg. New MPA Provincial Referee Gord Grimolfson didn’t have the best showing of his career, but he still managed to take a bronze medal with 510kg. Young Jorrel Marasigan opted to enter the Open division in order to face lifters on game day, and he earned himself a silver medal and a 555kg total. Andrew McPherson took the gold medal in his competitive debut. He was able to adapt throughout the day, adjusting some technical issues and finishing with a commendable 580kg total.
 
Justin Foy sure overcame those butterflies he was experiencing during weigh-ins with fine technical lifting and a 7 for 9, 530kg total; good for first place in the 120kg Open class. Our 120+kg Open men both lifted spectacularly. He passed on two squats and one deadlift, going 3 for 6, but Brett Coulter finally secured himself a total! Congratulations, sir. 17 Wing member Tyler MacInnis wound up being the best Male Lifter and Best Military Lifter of the day, achieving a landmark military record deadlift of 317.5kg, or roughly 700lbs! He squatted 290kg, benched 165kg and totalled 772.5kg, tying his previous best total in this class.
 
Our 105kg M1 class saw both competitors go 9 for 9. Josh Seeland stood tall in second place, finishing with 552.5kg. Team Canada World Competitor Vince Green increased the class record bench press to 172.5 kg and took first place overall. Last but not least, our feel good story of the day was new competitor David Ouellette. At 61 years young, Dave showed up to help volunteer at Westerns in September, where he was inspired to enter a competition. He began training for the next available meet, the 17 Wing Open, and set his sights on obtaining a Provincial Qualifying total of 362.5 in the 93kg M3 class. He missed his squat opener due to a misstep but went 8 for 9 thereafter, ripping a third deadlift of 155kg – good for a 367.5kg total. See you at Provincials, Dave!
 
Thank you once more to the 17th Wing Strength Club and the 17th Wing Base for hosting a successful, 12th Annual 17th Wing Open Powerlifting and Bench Press Championship. The MPA and its Executive are ever grateful to our meet directors, competitors, coaches, sponsors, volunteers, officials, families and friends for supporting the MPA and allowing us to grow. Big things are on the horizon for the MPA. Stay tuned to our website for changes, updates, and postings. Our next event, the annual Brickhouse Power Challenge, is being scheduled to take place on February 3rd, 2018 at the King Edward Brickhouse location in Winnipeg. Confirmation details to be posted in coming days. See you there!
 
 
Mathew Bowen
MPA President
MPA Provincial Referee

2017 BrickHouse Meet Summary

2017 BrickHouse Meet Summary

This will not be my formerly long and detailed commentary about the meet highlighting the battles and achievements made by every competitor. The nice problem I find myself facing since last year is that our meets in Manitoba are growing and there are 40 – 50 competitors coming out now which makes my former more intimate style of commenting too labour intensive. However, it will still be my primary objective to acknowledge the Volunteers that are helping to make the MPA events successful. So without further ado here we go… Continue reading 2017 BrickHouse Meet Summary

2016 Portage Strength Classic Meet Report

2016 Portage Strength Classic Meet Report

Well the flurry of activity and lifting excitement that was the 2016 Portage Strength Classic has come to an end. I sit here beginning to compose this meet report listening to the echo of Gino Powerlifting on the live feed from the IPF Classic World Powerlifting Championships in Killeen Texas where the Master’s Women are presently competing. There is the sustained enthusiastic drawn out call of “World Record” as the plates clang, the lifters strain and the crowd and Gino scream in enthusiastic unison. Much like yesterday at the Southport Recreation Center in Portage la Prairie (although on a smaller scale) the members and friends and family of the MPA participated in the third meet of the year, screaming and cheering for their favourites with a comparable level of gusto as we can observe in Texas.

Travis Mattice and Vince Green did the lion’s share of the work to organize the logistics and the venue. This was our second visit to the Southport Rec Centre and it was again an enjoyable one. Vince and Travis had kept the MPA competition equipment since the Embark Open and brought it to the venue where they set everything up on Friday night.

The MPA is enjoying an expansion of the ranks of our officials this year so with the desire to help comes the delegation of duties. Krista Vanderwaeter, Shawn McCarthy and Mathew Bowen were asked to organize the paperwork for this meet which was the first time for all of them. Most lifters do not see this part of a meet or understand how much work goes into a well-run event however, if this organizational piece is not done, the quality of the meet can suffer. In order to uphold our responsibility to the lifters, the CPU and the IPF it is incumbent upon the officials to prepare the paperwork in a diligent and thorough manner, our “newly minted” Provincial Referees did a great job!

So, I did have a volunteer’s list at the head table but it did not make it back home! Unfortunately, I will miss some very important people who helped out all day and worked their collective buns off. Please send me an e-mail or add the names to the post when it is published. As previously mentioned Travis and Vince did a lot of work yesterday. Setup on Friday night and spotting and loading all day Saturday. The other spotters were…….several lifters from McDole’s Gym who were there to cheer on their fellow gym members, Travis’ son who was taking a video of the meet and changing rack heights, Trent Monk who helped out after benching, Kurtis Tallaire who appeared and then kept the fading crew going with his youth and enthusiasm. There was a young man at the beginning who had heard about the meet and arrived to help out lifting plates. I recall seeing Andrew Langelaar step in and assist for a bit too! On the microphone we had Portage City Counsellor, Strong Man, Arm Wrestler, Powerlifter, MMA Fighter and the originator of the PSC; Ryan Espey! Ryan is a busy man as you can see but he has a great knowledge of strength sports and a fine voice to announce an event. Joining me at the Head Table was Alexis who happened to come along to the event with Amanda Burg and was convinced to assist at the Scoretable for the entire day. Alexis did a marvelous job of keeping the information flowing and tracking all of the attempts handed in and correlating them to the scorecards. Thank you very much for all of your help yesterday as it is not an easy task when you know what is going on never mind when you are learning the ropes as the meet progresses.

Two of our Referees were also competitors yesterday. Krista Vanderwaeter and Susan Haywood competed in the Benchpress and the Powerlifting respectively. Krista set a personal best in the Bench shirt and then donned her Referee’s attire to officiate for the rest of the day. Sue began the day conducting the weigh-ins and then officiated the Benchpress portion of the even before getting into her singlet and knocking it out of the park with a solid 9/9 performance. Shawn McCarthy and Mathew Bowen shared the referee’s duties with Krista and Sue overseeing almost 300 attempts on the day. Great work everyone!

There were 13 women who came out to compete and a good portion of them were there for the first time. One of these was Junior 63kg competitor and Fiancée of Ryan Kolesar one Brooklyn Leverick. It was obvious to me that Brooklyn’s form and precision on the platform were a factor of training with Ryan and cousin Ben Langely in order to prepare. Brooklyn only missed her second Benchpress to post a solid 257.5kg total for the gold! Brooklyn also had the highest coefficient and therefore was the Best Junior Woman Powerlifter on the day.

We had another junior woman competing and she was in the 84kg class. Anastasia Iurovski did very well at her first meet too only missing a third squat and bench for a total of 312.5kg and first place!

There were two Masters I women to battle it out in the 72kg class. Margo Morberg Berry and Amanda Moffitt stepped onto the platform again and both showed improvements to their lifting. Margo trains at the Brickhouse and is showing the fruit of her efforts, squatting 90kg struggling with her bench with one good lift of 57.5kg and showing some very good deadlifting strength with a 130kg best. As most will remember Margo solidly pulled 135kg too but in her moment of triumph she dropped her last pull releasing the bar from her hands before it reached the floor and having the lift turned down by the officials. An adjustment of the training habits should prevent this from happening in the future. Amanda was showing some improvement in technique which helped her to a best squat of 70kg, a bench of 60kg and a 115 deadlift for a 245kg total to Margo’s 277.5. This may have been a personal best for Amanda.

Susan Haywood appeared in her third meet of the year during this her 20th year of competing in the sport of Powerlifting. Sue was looking to have “FUN” and put up a solid total which would give her the provincial records in both the M2 and M3 Women’s Unequipped categories! Sue did not disappoint at all and went 9/9 with a 67.5kg squat, 47.5kg in the bench and 80kg in the deadlift for a 195kg total! I noticed in looking at the Age adjusted Wilks total it was good for a 262.588 which Susan was very happy with. As far as the “FUN” portion of Susan’s goals……………………………I think it was a success as she was laughing, cheering on and helping her fellow competitors with great joy and enthusiasm.

There was a single competitor in the 63kg Women’s Open class and that lifter was Jennie Wilson from Brandon. Jennie had competed for the first time at the Embark Open and made the drive with a new wild colour for her hair and a good performance on the platform. Jennie moved 102.5kg in the squat and went 2/3 in the bench with a best of 65 but had trouble moving more than 102.5kg for her deadlift. Jennie took two tries at 110kg but it proved too heavy on this day. I believe some time working on the pull from some blocks will aid the initial effort and help to get that deadlift moving off the floor.

The 72kg Women’s Open class had two competitors. Johanna Theroux continues to refine her technique and improve her lifting with what I believe is her third overall competition. Johanna was challenged by first time lifter Kyla Lambert. This was a close one in the squat as both ladies opened with 95kg. Kyla then went to 102.5 to Johanna’s 100. On the third attempts Johanna asked for and lifted 110kg to Kyla’s 107.5 for a 2.5kg lead. Johanna’s forte is the Bench and she happens to be the current Provincial Record holder for this class. Johanna opened up with 70kg which was 30kg more than Kyla’s first attempt. The gap widened as Johanna pushed up all three attempts for a best of 80kg to Kyla’s opener of 40kg. The deadlift only widened the gap further as Johanna finished off with 142.5kg to 115kg for Kyla. Giving Johanna her second Gold in this class with a 322.5kg total to Kyla’s excellent first time outing of 262.5kg for the Silver.

The Open 84kg class had three competitors vying for supremacy and it seems all three had an off day on the squat! Only 3 of the 9 attempts were successful for Megan Swidnicki, Dominique Slobodzian and Jessica Antony. Megan was able to get in her first squat of 110kg to Jessica’s 85kg first attempt and Dominique fighting a bout of the nerves needed three tries to eventually be successful with 82.5kg. The bench went a little better with Megan extending her lead with 72.5kg, Jessica pressing 60kg and Dominique successful with 47.5kg on her third. The deadlift proved to be much better for all three ladies as Megan showed some impressive strength finishing off with a 162.5kg/357lb Deadlift and a 345kg total for the win. Dominique steadily built on her total surpassing Jessica with a 137.5kg third attempt which equaled Jessica’s total and beat her on bodyweight! Jessica pulled 122.5 for a 267.5kg total and third place. Well done ladies! In addition, Megan was the Best Open Women’s lifter on the day!

Audrey Mifflin and Sarah Farr scrapped it out in the Women’s Open 84+ category. Although, “scrapping it out” is not a fair description as both of these ladies are very easy going individuals. This was Sarah’s first official powerlifting meet and she has been training at the 17 Wing Strength Club with Krista and Rob Snow to prepare for this. I’m not sure where Audrey trains but she proved to have a good base. Audrey was 7/9 on the day missing her second bench and waiving her third. Sarah went 9/9 and steadily built on her total smiling, dancing and having fun the whole time. Audrey had the advantage in the squat with 112.5 to 102.5 for Sarah. Sarah gained some back some ground on the bench pressing 67.5kg to Audrey’s 60kg. However, Audrey likes to deadlift it seems and she pulled a 155kg deadlift for a 327.5kg total and the win! Saran finished with a 120kg deadlift and a 290kg total for a very respectable second place finish.

There were five Junior Men lifting in three of the weight classes yesterday. Michael Chan was alone in the Junior 83kg Unequipped class; there were three lifters in the 93kg Junior Unequipped class and a single 120kg competitor.

Michael Chan has demonstrated some serious strength for a young man as evidenced by his 415 Wilks Coefficient Total, which by the way was the highest Wilks on the day! This was achieved by a 190kg squat a solid 145kg bench (best of all the Junior lifters) and again a 272.5kg Deadlift to top it off and a 607.5kg total to top it off! Very nice lifting by Michael on only his second competition.

There were three lifters in the Junior 93kg class. Olimar Gutierrez was back for a second time from his debut at the Brickhouse Gym Meet in February. He squatted 212.5kg to take the lead but only pressed 82.5kg waiving his second and third lifts due to an injury. This was unfortunate as Olimar possesses a very good Benchpress as he was close to pressing 400lbs in the Brickhouse Meet! Perhaps it was a strategy to allow his fellow lifters a glimmer of hope? Was this what Kurt Pili and his coaches were thinking when they noticed they were tied at the sub-total with 295kg each? Teagan Friesen was not far behind with a 167.5kg squat and a 97.5kg bench for a 265kg sub either. Mmmmm! Let’s see what the deadlift holds….well, all three did very well in the deadlift without a missed attempt! Olimar finished with 250kg; Kurt with 225kg and Teagan with 210kg. Totals revealed that Olimar was in first with 545; Kurt won second with a 520kg total and Teagan was third with a 475kg total.

Brandon Sutherland was competing against the bar and his own expectations in the Junior 120kg class. Brandon was finding this a challenging day as he was 4/9 on the day. Brandon’s greatest success was in the squat where he managed two successful attempts with a best of 190kg. Brandon benched 140kg and pulled 240kg for a 570kg total. I see a lot of potential in Brandon’s lifting, he will need to work on getting more successful attempts on the board to demonstrate his progress.

The 74kg Men’s Open Unequipped class is set to become a very competitive one in Manitoba. Adding Kevin Le and Jonathan Leung to the talent pool can only bode well for the future of the competitiveness in this class. Kevin Le managed a 5/9 day but that include two unsuccessful (barely on the 2nd attempt) at the Provincial record deadlift. Kevin’s went 3/3 on his squats with a 190kg best, a single successful bench of 130 and a 235kg deadlift for a 542.5kg total! Jonathan Leung solidly and methodically built on his total by not missing a lift and finishing with 472.5kg via 182.5, 105 and 185 for the lifts.

There were four lifters in the Men’s 83kg Open class. This class showed some very good lifting and a savvy third deadlift selection for a medal as part of the highlights. At the end of the squats the four lifters were separated by only 25kg. Dino Camire was on top with a best of 200kg, Henry de Guzman was next with a 195kg squat followed by Daniel Collette with a 180 and Daniel Santos with 175kg. The bench proved to be a challenge for all but Daniel C. who went 3/3 finishing with 117.5kg. Daniel S. finished up with 102.5kg setting the stage for the “Battle of the Daniels” in the deadlift. Henry only needed his first bench of 132.5kg to have the best bench of the class. Dino pressed 127.5kg and then took a HUGE jump to 142.5 which was not in the script for the day. The deadlifts proceeded with great success as there was only a single attempt missed for all four men. Dino pulled the largest deadlift for a 562.5kg total and the win just a week after a Bodybuilding competition. Well done Dino! Dino’s performance was good enough to narrowly edge out Devin Normandin for the Best Male Open Powerlifter of the meet too. Henry pulled his third attempt at 227.5kg to lock up 2nd with a 555kg total.

Now, back to the battle of the Daniels. With the first deadlifts Daniel Santos pulled even with Daniel Collette by pulling 190kg to 170kg. Now both men were at a sub-total of 467.5kg. On seconds, Daniel Collette pulls 180kg for a subtotal of 477.5kg Daniel Santos pulls 205kg to take a lead in the subtotal of 482.5kg. Daniel Collette goes up another 10kg to 190 and is successful for a 487.5kg total. Daniel Santos puts 212.5kg on the bar as he weighs more than Daniel C. and therefore he has to total more in order to jump to 3rd place. Well, Daniel Santos did it and he moved into third with some deft number calling and a total of 490kg for the Bronze. A well fought battle for a placing in the meet.

The Men’s 93 kg Open class had two competitors and with a few more successful attempts this could have been a much closer affair. Devin Normandin went 3/3 in the squat to finish with 200kg to the 185 for Timothy Galang. However, Timothy missed attempts at 200 and 215kg which if he had been successful would have pushed Devin a little more. Both men had good benching sessions not missing a lift. Devin improved his lead with a 20kg higher bench of 165kg to Tim’s 145. The Deadlifts also proceeded without failure with Devin pulling 242.5kg to 230kg for Timothy. Devin wins with a 607.5kg total to 560kg for Timothy.

There was another weight class with four competitors in the 105 Open Men’s category. The squats would prove to be close as three men were within 5kg of each other after the dust settled. Jordan Wolfman had the best attempt at 210kg; Mike Noone was next with 187.5kg; Daniel (yes another Daniel) Monteverde was good for 185kg; and Gord Grimolfson was in there with 182.5kg at his first meet. This group collectively were successful with 50% of their benches. Daniel was on top with 130kg; Gord was next with 117.5; Jordan with 110kg and Mike with 105kg. The deadlifts proved interesting with Mike pulling 185kg for a 477.5kg total and fourth place. Gord and Daniel had a battle for second with Daniel going 3/3 and finishing with 207.5kg and a 522.5kg total. Gord had to re-take his second pull at 220kg so I believe that prevented him from pulling the 5kg more he needed on his third to take the win. Gord finished with 520kg. Jordan proved that having a good deadlift helps to win contests as he pulled 227.5kg for the win with a 542.5kg total.

Mathieu Kuhn was alone in the Open 120kg class. This was Mathieu’s first meet back in Manitoba since being re-posted here. Mathieu had competed years ago at the 17 Wing meets and is a MPA record holder in the Military class of the Benchpress. Mathieu had a good day going 7/9 with a 220kg squat, a 150kg bench and a 230kg deadlift for a 600kg total. Well done!

Danil Naumov was alone as well in the 120+ Men’s Open class. He very conservatively lifted a 215kg squat, a 125kg bench and a 210 deadlift for a 550kg total. I believe with Danil’s build he is capable of some large numbers if he puts his mind to it. C’mon Danil, let’s see what you can do next time.

We had three individuals compete in the Benchpress portion of the 2016 version of the Portage Strength Classic. We were playing with as many as 5 – 6 lifters for the Benchpress but there were withdrawals for various reasons. In the end injuries dictated who was going to test their bench and it was up to Amanda Burg and Trent Monk to see how much they could do without a Bench Shirt in the Unequipped division. Amanda pressed a good second attempt at 72.5kg for the win in the 84+ Women’s Open Benchpress class. Trent was nursing a hamstring injury and he mustered a 100kg first attempt for the first place in the 83kg Men’s Open Unequipped Bench. Krista Vanderwaeter proved that she is a benching demon in her Blue Katana shirt and her personalized foot blocks as she went 3/3 pressing 107.5kg and not only taking her class but also the trophy for the best Benchpresser at the meet. Congratulations Krista!!

Well, these reports are taking me longer to complete so I may try to change my format with our meets growing the way they do. It was a wonderful day of lifting in Manitoba! Our sport is growing as there were many first time lifters again at this meet. The crowd was vocal and encouraging to everyone and they stayed for the entire day!! Thank you to Travis, Vince and their respective families for taking on this meet and making it a success. Thank you to all of the spotters and loaders who helped out and pitched in yesterday. We cannot do this without the help of volunteers. Thanks to the Referees and the other people who pitched in or offered to in order to make this meet successful. We’ll see you on the wood at the Provincials in September.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee