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Prairie CrossFit Powerlifting Open

Well the Prairie CrossFit Powerlifting Open was a resounding success. Last Sunday we gathered in a packed Prairie CrossFit Gym co-owned by Derek Wickham and Brad Gerbrandt. I don’t know if they had decided on the division of labour prior to the competition but Derek competed and Brad was the Platform General and spotted and loaded all day…..maybe Derek had it easier? Derek and Brad did a great job of hosting this event. They convinced some of their gym members to volunteer and boy did these gentlemen and ladies work hard!

Spotting and loading as I have said in the past (and I repeated more than a few times during the meet) is the hardest job there is at a Powerlifting Meet. We had a hearty four CrossFitters who were sure that they could handle the volume of work necessary to spot and load for 28 Competitors. These four were: the aforementioned Brad Gerbrandt, Zack Goodz, Adam Strome and Kevin Bradshaw. These gentlemen had never volunteered at a Powerlifting competition before but they were not shy about lifting heavy things for long periods of time. All four worked their collective buns off and did a wonderful job on the platform. They caught the weight when they had to and supported the lifters in a friendly, tireless, supportive manner. Congratulations gentlemen on a job well done!

An equally important job that most people do not consider is the efficient running of the meet. The MPA recently invested in a lap top and projector to aide in this endeavour. I repeat it here for our future meets, the reason for an entry deadline is to allow the Meet Director/Technical Director suitable time to organize the lifters into flights, fill out the Score Cards, print off and prepare the attempt cards etc. The division of the lifters into flights takes some time and forethought in order to have lifters in the same age and weight categories lift together to foster competition and to provide the opportunity to get the best performances for everyone. All of this takes some hours of time invested in the effort to assist the meet in running smoothly.

We had two new volunteers running the Head Table on Sunday. Both Sherri Clark and Heather Bogacki are Prairie CrossFit members who were willing to help. Both of these ladies had a 5 min. crash course from me about the general expectation of how the Head Table should run. Sherri and Heather did a wonderful job of running the computer, taking attempts and announcing in a hectic loud environment. There were no errors on the data entered on the spreadsheets or the scorecards which is a huge accomplishment. Sherri and Heather were quick studies and were able to keep the meet running smoothly and efficiently throughout the day. Congratulations ladies on a job well done and Thank You for your time and efforts!

The Officiating contingent was ably handled by Susan Haywood – CPU National level Referee, Rob Snow – Provincial level Referee and yours truly, Brock Haywood – IPF Category I Referee. Rob had achieved his Provincial Referee’s status in Nova Scotia while he was posted and living there. His return to Manitoba is exciting and will be a huge benefit for the MPA in the future. I know I can speak for all of us who knew Rob and Cathy prior to their reposting to Greenwood that we are quite happy to have them back in the ‘Peg.

Our sport of Powerlifting is seeing a growth spurt this year. Since the inclusion of Unequipped lifting (which gets us back to our roots about finding out who is really the strongest) the sport of Powerlifting has been growing steadily. In Manitoba this means that we have gone from 10+ years of annual memberships that were around the 30 – 35 mark for the year to 2014 where we had 53 members prior to this contest and there were 13 more CPU cards sold for this meet bringing our total membership up to 66 Members!!! This shatters our previous membership totals and it is very encouraging to see the sport grow, to see new people discover our sport of the “odd lifts” and embrace it like a post meet pizza.

Now onto the synopsis of the lifting, there were six women lifting at this meet. We had two ladies going head to head in the 57kg weight class, one in the 63kg class, a new Junior lifter in the 72kg class and two returning veterans in the 84+kg weight class. The battle in the 57kg class was between Caitlyn Clement and Jessa Jane Nguyen. I believe this was Caitlyn’s third competition this year with us and this was Jessa Jane’s first meet in Manitoba. Caitlyn went 7/9 missing only her third squat and third bench. She was able to improve on her squats (75kg) and deadlifts (100kg) and a total of 220kg to give her new MPA Military records improving on her previous marks. Jessa Jane proved to be a strong competitor managing an 8/9 day out squatting Caitlyn by 20kg and pulling 10kg more for a total of 247.5kg for the win.

Linda Falcao Cardoso was a new lifter who was in Dauphin watching the action. Linda had a little trouble with her squats missing all three attempts. She continued on getting two benches and two deadlifts. Linda wanted to see where her strength lay and she expressed that she was happy with her efforts in spite of not obtaining a total. Better luck next time Linda!

In the 72kg Women’s Junior class we had a very determined young lady lifting for the firs time, Tasnim Banuga was able to squat 105kg missing her second and third with a higher weight, she then had a struggle in the bench need all three tries to get 57.5kg. Tasnim then showed she has the potential for some larger numbers by opening up with 137.5kg in the deadlift, missing 145 (just over double her bodyweight) and then pulling it on her third for a 307.5kg total and a first competition Wilks of 304. This was a good inaugural performance. I’m sure that Tasnim will improve on this in the future.

Kelli Linforth and Hailey Kostynuik were both in the Women’s 84+kg weight class but Kelli is an Open lifter and Hailey is still a Junior. Both ladies improved upon their previous efforts this year. Kelli had a 6/9 day missing her thirds on all three lifts which indicates to me that she was pushing her limits and testing to see what she could do. Kelli totalled 307.5 which I believe is a PB. Hailey was competing for her third time this year and she continued her onslaught of the MPA Record Books by improving on her Squat, Deadlift and Total for new MPA records. Hailey Squatted 140kg, Benched 85kg and missed 92.5 before going 3/3 in the deadlift finishing off with 162.5kg and a total of 387.5kg. This was another solid performance from Hailey.

The encouraging thing that I have found with the new Powerlifters entering the sport is the number of Junior lifters who enter and are representing themselves very well for seemingly coming “out of the woodwork” as it were. What I have noticed with the information age of the Internet, YouTube etc. is that these new lifters are demonstrating some really solid lifting form for training on their own or at least without a mentor from the sport. Jayson Palapuz was one such lifter who was entered in the Men’s Junior 66kg weight class. Jayson missed his first squat but increased his second by 2.5kg to get 147.5 and a third of 155kg. In the Benchpress, Jayson missed 90kg on his first then pressed on his second attempt and then jumped 7.5kg which proved to be too much on his third. Deadlifts however were another story as Jayson nailed all three finishing off with 190kg and a 435 total at his first meet.

The 74kg class had two competitors but they were in different age categories. Both were new to lifting here in Manitoba. Nhan Nguyen recently moved here from the USA to marry Jessa Jane. Nhan was a well built lifter who obviously had previous experience. Nhan squatted 200kg struggled a little on the bench being successful with his opener only of 120 and then put on a deadlift clinic first pulling a miss loaded bar successfully but he was awarded an attempt with his originally requested weight of 215kg, this too was successful along with a second of 237.5 and a third of 242.5 for a whopping total of 562.5 and a 409 Wilks as a Junior!! Nhan and Jessa indicated they are staying here in Winnipeg so the 74kg MPA records will fall when he is a resident and officially a CPU member in the future.

Cody Dietrich was good for 6/9 attempts missing his third squat and second and third attempt benchpress but like Nhan he was able to pull all three Deadlifts for a 477.5kg total and I believe a new MPA record in the deadlift with his 212.5kg final pull. This was a good debut performance from Cody.

The 83 kg class had three competitors however, first time lifter Victor Auilar Barajas tweaked an injury during warm ups for the squat and thus withdrew from the competition. Victor chose to Benchpress and opened with an easy 130kg and then took a second attempt of 142.5kg which was good enough to break a MPA Benchpress Single lift record. Hector waived his third and then seemed to pack his gym bag and head home as he did not stay long enough to receive his medal.

Derek Wickham and Quin Ferguson battled it out for bragging rights in this weight class after Victor withdrew. Quin had some difficulty completing his first two squats while Derek quietly succeeded in all three attempts finishing with 170kg. With the crowd behind him Quin rallied and was able to squat 175kg on his third. Both men benched their first two attempts well with Quin extending his lead by 7.5kg over Derek. On the third attempt Derek failed with 115 and Quin pressed 122.5kg so now it was a 17.5kg lead for Quin at the sub total. Both men were able to lift all three of their deadlifts with Derek attaining a PB (I believe) of 215kg and Quin pulling 245 to increase his lead and earn the gold. There was some excellent lifting from the co-meet director and Quin.

The 93kg class had five lifters in total two were Juniors and three were Open category lifters. The Juniors were Kurtis Tallaire and Scotty Downs. Kurtis had a good day going 8/9 and totalling 492.5kg. This included a 182.5kg Squat, 100kg bench and a 210kg deadlift (no flatulence on that one). Scotty had the support of most of his family to cheer him on and his older brother Ben lifting in the same session. Sporting a new look right out of the pages of GQ Scotty had shed his long locks for a very flattering haircut. Is there a parallel to Samson here? I’m not sure but Scotty struggled with some of his lifts only going 4/9 on the day with two squats, one bench and a very nice opening deadlift of 262.5kg this was good enough for a 582.5 total and the win but some weight was probably left on the bar for Scotty on Sunday. My guess is that he had some specific goals in mind and went for them but they were just out of reach on the day.

The Open 93kg class saw some good lifting and weight choice by both Jesse Jamison and Robert Waller. Jesse went 8/9 only missing one squat that found him on his heels and going over backwards when he lost balance. He was alright though and it certainly woke the spotters up! Jesse finished squats with 205kg to Robert’s 177.5. Jordan Guilford was back after his debut in Dauphin. Jordan missed his second attempt and finished with 215kg for the lead over Jesse by 10kg. Benchpress saw Robert take two attempts and wave his third. He finished off with 120kg. Jesse showed some solid lifting technique and went 3/3 in the Bench finishing up with 127.5kg. it was a long slow press but he stuck with it and locked the weight out. Jordan was only able to get his first attempt at 130kg but this gave him the lead at the sub total with a 12.5kg cushion between him and Jesse. Robert was obviously having fun and was in at the sub with 297.5kg. Both Robert and Jesse were able to go 3/3 in the Deadlift but Robert held the upper hand here finishing off with a very nice PB of 227.5kg. Jesse was in with 210kg and was able to lock up the silver with a 542.5 total to Robert’s 525. Jordan pulled 230 and 242.5kg before finding 250 a bit too heavy. He finished with 587.5kg total and the win!

There were four lifters in the 105 weight class. Kyle Thompson was the lone Junior lifter and was sailing along with his attempts until the deadlift. Kyle by his own admission got a little too cocky and opened up with a PB on the Deadlift. This was a mistake as all three times he tried to pull the 230kg it would stall out just above his knees. It is always hard when a lifter bombs out but Kyle had a positive attitude about his error and he should be better prepared for his next competition.

Vince Green was back to compete for the second time this year and he demonstrated good lifting technique getting 222.5, 157.5, and 212.5 for a 592.5kg total and bragging rights as the strongest old guy at the meet with a 358 Wilks. I believe that Vince broke the Provincial record he set at the Dauphin meet as well.

Two newcomers to the sport John Skeavington and Sam Martz duelled it out for the top honours in this class. John was good for two squats finishing up with 152.5kg. Sam, who was voted “Best Hair” at the meet, was good for all three squats finishing up with 195kg. Both men went 3/3 in the Bench with Sam showing some picture perfect form and out benched John by 50kg, 155 to 105! The deadlift proved to be a little closer with John pulling two attempts for 192.5kg and Sam also pulling two and missing the third with a 222.5 final pull. So, Sam emerged on top in this duel 572.5kg to 450kg.

There were also five competitors in the 120kg weight class. One Junior lifter, three Open Unequipped lifters and one Open Equipped lifter. Drew Sedor was back for more from Dauphin as well. Drew went 5/9 missing one each of his squat and deadlift and missing 132.5kg twice in the bench. Drew totalled 547.5 for the gold in the 105 Men’s Junior class.

Patrick May, Jordan Lavalee and “Last Minute” Kyle Joynt were going head to head. Unfortunately for Kyle he could not register a legal squat and therefore did not obtain a total. If he had been successful with his opening squat he would have totalled 637.5kg and easily have won the class against the two first timers Patrick and Jordan. What I did notice in Kyle’s lifting was his improved Benchpress and his already strong Deadlift, if he could now work out the squat issues he will hit some very respectable numbers. Jordan Lavalee too had some trouble in the squat managing his first attempt at 157.5 before finding his limit at 167.5. Jordan then showed some smart lifting and finished off the day not missing another attempt and totalling 467.5kg. This was not enough to secure the win as Patrick May quietly and steadily lifted his way to an 8/9 day with a best squat of 190, bench – 140 and a deadlift of 240 for a 570kg total in his first meet and the win. Congratulations Patrick!

Guy Page was back in the gear to lift 2/3 in the Squat surpassing a 21 year old Provincial Standard by pushing up 305kg. Guy was experiencing some elbow pain and chose not to put on the bench shirt. Guy benched 140, followed by 155 without too much difficulty and only faltered on the third of 165kg. Guy then dove into the Deadlift pulling 310kg and missing 320 on his third for a 770kg total and a very nice Wilks of 442. If Guy had been successful on either his bench or his deadlift he would have erased another Provincial Standard that is presently 24 years old! I think this is not far off.

The 120+ category had two lifters competing; one was a “Baby Master” and first time lifter Patrick Cazeau. The other was reigning 120kg Men’s Open Unequipped National Champion Ben Downs. Patrick had a very positive attitude throughout the day. He lifted quite well squatting 145 but needing two tries to get it, then missing 185kg. Benchpress went smoother as he was successful with two attempts finishing off with 160kg which is impressive if you saw how long Patrick’s arms are and how far he had to lock out the bar. Looking at Patrick’s frame it was apparent he may have some talent in the deadlift and this proved to be true. Patrick opened with an easy 265kg and then pulled 290kg just as easily but he was so in control that he set the bar down like it was a tea cup not the 639 lbs that it was. Patrick then tried 302.5 but this was too much and he smiled his way off of the platform with a very respectable 595 total for his first meet.

The rumour was that Ben had been hitting some BIG numbers in the gym and there was an expectation that he could/would have a very good day of lifting. Ben obviously knew where his strength was as he went 8/9 only failing to pull his final Deadlift. Ben opened up with 272.5kg/600lbs, he followed this up with easy lifts (well they looked easy Ben) of 290 and 300kg/661lbs. Ben then opened up the Bench with 182.5, 192.5, and 195/429 for a 495kg subtotal. Ben then demonstrated his prolific pulling prowess with 320, 342.5/755lbs and the miss at 355kg/782lbs!!! Ben totalled a huge 837.5kg Unequipped and had a 474 Wilks!! When I was checking the records I noticed that Ben had improved his total from November of last year by 52.5kg!! THAT, ladies and gentlemen takes hard work and dedication in the gym.

So, as you can see the Manitoba Powerlifters are a strong and improving bunch. The good folks at the 17 Wing have agreed to host a fall competition. The date has yet to be determined. Caitlyn Clement is the new head of the 17 Wing Strength Club as Al Bugden has passed on the reigns to her. Fortunately, the 17 Wing Strength Club has its founding father returned to Winnipeg as Rob Snow and his family were re-posted to Winnipeg from Nova Scotia. Military Powerlifting is growing in Canada and we are privileged to have their help and support here in Manitoba.

See you on the wood in the fall.

Brock Haywood

Power in the Parkland Meet Report

2014 Power in the Parkland
Meet Report

Wow! What an event the 2014 Power in the Parkland turned out to be. As I have mentioned previously this was the largest local competition in MPA history with 30 Competitors. We were poised to have as many as 35 however, there were a few people who could not make it, were sick, or just did not show up on the day. There were also an unbelievable 90 MPA records that were set on June 14th in Dauphin. I seriously thought that we were going to see the records setting taper off but there were some new lifters in the lighter weight classes that pushed some existing records and replace the Provincial Standard with some legitimate numbers.

Ed Dufour, Travis Bloomer and Kyler Tencha were the co-meet directors for this event and they did another great job getting everything ship shape for this competition. The venue at the Parkland Crossing has worked well for the past five years and it proved capable of handling this volume of lifters as well.

Ancient prophecies speak of the four horsemen of the apocalypse riding down on their horses to devastate mankind. We too had “four horsemen” but they were not of the apocalypse but of the “liftalypse” type and they were not there to devastate but to spot, load and support the lifters. Their hard work was a HUGE contributing factor to the success of this meet. Travis Bloomer, Kurtis Tallaire, Kyle Coffey and Mitch Caruk spotted and loaded the entire event without respite and only the 15 min. breaks between the lifts. They loaded and unloaded the bar 270 times moving tonnes of weight and having one of the greatest volume days of lifting that I’m sure they could never have imagined. I don’t know if they have recuperated just yet but they surely earned some respect from everyone who was present. When you see them again stop and thank them for their efforts, this is small compensation for the work they did last Saturday.

At the head table we had Chris (Caitlyn Clement’s husband) working the computer and the electronic scoresheet. Chris has saved our bacon the last two meets as he is well versed in using Excel Programs which made everything a little easier when we encountered some difficulties Kyler Tencha was trying his hand at announcing and did a great job keeping the meet flowing and everyone informed. There was a young lady at the head table assisting Kyler with the score cards however; I do not have her name. Thank you for your help.

Ed Dufour handled schlepping all of the equipment from Winnipeg to Dauphin. He also provided a computer after his lap top was stolen and we could not find a viable solution with the other options that were tried. Ed, Hazel and Collin played the consummate hosts and provided a wonderful spread of sandwiches, snacks and drinks for the lifters and the volunteers. I know that not everyone gives this much thought but there is a lot that goes into running a successful meet. There is a lot that goes on prior to the contest day that is not considered or perhaps even taken for granted. You only realize how much is involved when you make the decision to become a meet director. This is why I mention the volunteers first and foremost in my reports, for without volunteers……………the meet may not happen.

Jesse Jamison was not present but he kept his word and helped to get the MPA lighting system functional for this event. We did have a shut down when things overheated but it fired up again after about 10 – 15 attempts and we were on the lights. The Refereeing duties were handled by Susan Haywood, Ed Dufour and Brock Haywood this time around.

Lifting was good at this meet and we were blessed with nine women competing in a nice spread of the weight categories. There were two juniors, a master, and six open female competitors vying for position.
• Maria Schigol was a Junior competitor from Saskatchewan lifting for the first time. She had a good day going 8/9 with a 220kg total in the 72kg class.
• Hailey Kostynuik was back for more after her debut in February. She went 9/9 in the 84+ weight class and displayed fewer nerves this time around and calmly improved on each of her lifts to set Junior, Open and Benchpress records. She also totalled 385kg and had a 313 Wilks to earn herself the Best Lifter award for the women.
• Terri Fordham decided to come and join the insanity and start her lifting career after reaching the Masters 1 age category. Terri appeared to be coached by Guy Page so my guess is that she trains at Acceleration. Terri went 6/9 with a 305kg total in the Women’s M1 84+ category. It was a very nice first contest!
• Tania Vrga was another first time competitor in the Open 52kg weight class. Tania represented herself very well as she went 8/9 totalling 225kg with only one missed bench on a technicality….she forgot to wait for the signals and decided to blast up 52.5kg only to be met with red lights and some self recrimination on the platform. Tania informed us that she is the owner of Winnipeg CrossFit (I do hope I have this correct) and thoroughly enjoyed her first Powerlifting contest.
• The 57kg class had two competitors Jannelle Van Den Bosch and Caitlyn Clement. Jannelle had some difficulties this day only becoming successful on 5/9 of her attempts. This was good enough for the gold as she totalled 242.5kg for a comfortable 30kg lead over Caitlyn after the chalk dust settled. Caitlyn faired better with her attempts going 7/9 and a 212.5kg total. This was an improvement on Caitlyn’s first meet in February so she did achieve some of the Women’s Military Records that she set last time out.
• Jill Bright put in a solid day of lifting in the 63kg weight class going 8/9 with a 255kg total. Jill also trains at Acceleration and appears to be benefitting from that training environment as her lifting is technically sound and strong.
• Newcomer Savanna Zebrasky was flawless in her debut performance with a 9/9 day, a 305kg total in the 72kg weight class along with a 308 Wilks which was pushing Hailey for the top honours. Savanna was very strong in he lifts and displayed good form for a first contest. Expect bigger things from her if she chooses to continue competing.
• Amy Sedor was the first member of the Sedor clan on the platform. This was Amy’s first meet and she did very well going 7/9 with a 257.5kg total in the women’s 84+ weight class.

The Men (who did not spot & load)

• There was a single Sub-Junior lifter at this meet. Darius Martens was lifting against himself at this his first contest. Darius was in the 83kg class and given that he is a Sub-Junior, I believe that with continued training and hard work he should fill out the 93 or 105 class in the future. There is a good future for Darius too as he lifted well getting two squats with a best of 152.5kg. There were some problems on the bench where he missed the first attempt lifted the second and the missed the third. Darius was successful with 110kg in the bench. The Deadlift went better as Darius went 3/3 pulling 192.5kg and totalling 455kg.
• Benjamin Langley was the lone Junior 74kg competitor but he certainly came in prepared to lift! Although it was Ben’s first meet he put up solid numbers 192.5kg Squat, 122.5kg Bench and a 210kg Deadlift for a 525kg total, and a 378Wilks for the Best Junior Lifter of the meet on his first time out! Congratulations Ben!
• Scott Downs was back to showcase the family deadlift again. Scott was alone in the 93kg Junior Weight class. Scott had a 7/9 day and just missed a PB Deadlift of 277.5kg. This was good for a 590kg total and the second best Wilks for the Juniors at 373
• There were three competitors in the Junior 105 class. Carey Link was back on the wood after having a rough go at Nationals. Carey’s lifts were on par with his previous performances but maybe a plateau has been reached? Carey was good for three squats, but only took a single bench attempt and then was 2/3 in the Deadlift for a 585 total and first place. Kyle Thompson was battling it out for second spot with a 5/9 day and a 240kg total. Kyle was having a little trouble with his bench but was able to get his opener of 130 on the second try and then maintain his lead over Drew by out pulling him by 7.5kg and tugging up 227.5kg in the Deadlift. Drew Sedor was out for his first Powerlifting competition and lifted very well going 8/9 with a total of 532.5kg for third place in the weight class.

There were two M1 competitors and a “Baby M2” in the form of Scott Crowhurst. All three men demonstrated that “Old Guys Rule” with very impressive lifting on display.
• Vince Green purposefully and methodically lifted his way into the MPA record books with a 9/9 day. This was accomplished with a 207.5kg Squat, a monster unequipped Bench of 160kg and a 220kg Deadlift for a 587.5 total. Very nice lifting Mr. Green!
• Trevor Winfield may seem to be a bit of an enigma. OK, he really is an enigma! Trevor is one of the strongest men in the Province and he really proved that on Saturday Squatting 240kg, Benchpressing 230kg (507lbs) on his first attempt and then just missing 242.5kg on the second and waiving his third. Trevor then proved that he was not just a Bencher by pulling 3/3 in the Deadlift finishing with 265kg (which looked effortless) and a 735kg Unequipped M1 total and a 419 Wilks! Then, in typical Trevor fashion he packed his gym bag and silently left the competition before collecting his hardware. Trevor for those of you who do not know has consistently displayed the strongest unequipped Benchpress in Canada for the past three years. Yet, he is not satisfied which is why I think he will put up even larger numbers the next time he chooses to compete. Trevor had the highest Wilks of the meet and was the Best Masters Lifter and the 1st place finisher in the Men’s M1 120+kg class.
• Scott Crowhurst returned to the platform after competing last in 2012. Scott was now a “Baby M2” lifter and demonstrated that he had not lost any strength since his last outing. Scott was 5/9 with a 567.5kg total in the M2 105 weight class.

The Open Men

• Tyler Kolesar was the lone competitor in the 59kg weight class but just like his cousin Ben Langley and his brother Ryan he came prepared to lift and lift well. Tyler went 8/9 at his first meet and broke the Canadian Deadlift Record (Unofficially) to boot! The Deadlift was a monstrous 177.5kg which exceeded the existing record by 5kg but cannot stand as a CPU record since this competition did not qualify for Canadian Records to be set. Tyler totalled 400kg and broke a few Manitoba records though and I’m sure he will establish his record at a meet in the future.
• Ryan Kolesar was the lifting as well in the 66kg weight class. Ryan also went 8/9 in his inaugural meet Squatting – 152.5kg, Bench – 97.5kg and Deadlifting 200kg for a 450kg total! I find it very encouraging to see the level of lifting in our province that is on display by the newcomers. This speaks well for the future of Powerlifting in Manitoba.
• Shawn McCarthy and Brennan McIntyre of Dauphin battled it out in the 83kg Weight class for descendants of Celtic ancestors. Shawn emerged victorious in this face off missing one attempt in each of the lifts for a total of 532.5kg. Brennan was able to demonstrate good form in totalling up 475kg going 7/9 on his attempts.
• The Men’s 93kg weight class saw three lifters battling it out. Jordan Guilford, Paul Taylor and Robert Waller all were first time competitors here in Manitoba. Both Jordan and Paul missed their opening squat leaving Robert with the early lead. However, on second attempts Robert missed 177.5 while both Paul and Jordan increased their attempts despite the early miss. Paul was successful with 187.5kg and Jordan pushed up 192.5kg. I’m not sure if this was the debut of “The Tongue “or not but when Jordan made a good heavy lift he celebrated with a Gene Simmons like display of his tongue which was a crowd pleaser. Third attempts saw Robert struggle again with 177.5kg for a miss. Paul was good for 195kg for the temporary lead and then Jordan was good on 202.5kg. This took us to the bench. Robert was able to show some benching acumen and was good for 120kg on his second. Both Paul and Jordan were only able to get their first attempts with both at 125kg. So at the sub we had Jordan with a 7.5kg lead over Paul and Robert was trailing 35kg behind Paul. As usual the deadlift would determine the winner. Robert was successful with 182.5kg, Jordan took 215kg and Paul showed he was not going away with a 222.5kg open attempt. This pulled Paul to within 5kg of Jordan. On the seconds all three were successful with Jordan putting some distance on Paul with a 232.5 pull to 230. Third attempts saw Robert miss with 200kg giving him a total of 480 and the Bronze in this class. Paul was good for 237.5kg for a final pull giving him 557.5 and second place. Jordan was good for 240kg and the win with a total of 567.5kg. This was a good battle in what is traditionally a strong weight class.
• The 105kg class also had three competitors vying for bragging rights. Travis Mattice, Mathew Bowen and Devin LaFerriere. Travis has been putting up some solid training numbers following the 531 format. I was aware of his progress through his workout log on the MPA Forum. This was Mathew’s second contest this year as he had lifted in the February meet. Devin has been training consistently and was back to check his strength. Squats went well for Travis getting all three and putting up an impressive 227.5kg squat. Mathew was successful for two squats earning 167.5kg for his best. Devin was having some difficulties being successful only on his first for 140kg. So heading into the bench Travis had a significant lead of 60kg over Mathew and 87.5kg over Devin. Travis kept right on rolling along with a 165kg bench on his second and a miss at 173kg (to take the MPA record from his meet director Ed Dufour). This gave Travis a sub-total of 392.5. Mathew also went 2/3 in the bench finishing with 115kg and a sub of 282.5kg. Devin’s rough day continued with a success on his opener of 100kg for a subtotal of 240kg. Travis was “Golden” in the Deadlift getting all three attempts with a best of 247.5kg and a winning total of 640kg, a Wilks of 389 to earn the Best Open Lifter award. Mathew was 2/3 on the Deadlift pulling 215kg and missing the landmark of 227.5kg. Mathew’s total was good for the Silver at 497.5kg. Devin began to get some traction and was successful on two of his deadlifts finishing with a best of 212.5kg and a total of 452.5kg.
• The 120 class had the veteran Mathew Sedor pitched against a newcomer John McGrath. Mathew lifted as a Junior for years and now is back as a well muscled and formidable specimen. This writer’s first impressions of John are that he is tall, quiet, and capable of having some very good numbers in the future. The unusual circumstance of this battle was that both lifters obviously knew their individual capabilities, had a goal in mind and stuck to their plan as both men were 9/9 on this day. Mathew finished the squats with a best of 225kg and John had 175kg. In the bench Mathew extended the lead with a 162.5kg bench to John’s 132.5kg. In the Deadlift John’s biomechanical advantage for this lift became apparent as he pulled all three attempts with ease finishing off with 240kg and a 547.5kg total for the Silver. Mathew’s final deadlift was 260kg for a total of 647.5kg and the win. I believe both lifters may have attained their goals for this meet.

Well there you have it, a play by play of the 2014 Power in the Parkland. Congratulations to all of the lifters for lifting well. There were no injuries and everyone appeared to be having fun. Thank you again is extended to all of the Volunteers. We will see you on the wood at the Prairie CrossFit Open in August.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

2014 PinP

It was a fantastic meet with excellent lifting and a stellar job done by the spotter and loaders. I will compose a meet report over the next while to post up. This was the largest meet in MPA history, every competitor lifted Unequipped and there were 90 Provincial Records broken with one unofficial National Record being broken as well (notice served).

Provincials Meet Report

2014 MPA Provincials Report

The MPA Provincials was a resounding success with a total of 27 lifters entered and 26 who competed which is an all time high and a record for a local competition in Manitoba. The lifters and staff at Acceleration Performance did another bang up job hosting this large event. There was a new crop of spotters and loaders that Guy Page had recruited to take over these all important and gruelling duties while some of his previous crew tried their hand at competing. I did not collect the names of these young men but our thanks goes out to you for the hardest workout you will ever have …spotting and loading at a Powerlifting competition. Jesse Jamison was our platform general and kept the loads correct with some help from our guest official from Saskatchewan, National Referee and SPA President Ryan Fowler. Ryan loads so many kilo weights when he is training and coaching he calls the weights to load on the bar quicker than the announcer can finish his sentence!

Bruce Markham ran the head table with some nice help on the computer from a supportive husband of one of our lifters (perhaps Caitlyn Clement’s spouse?). My apologies if I have my facts incorrect. Susan Haywood and I (Brock Haywood) made up the remaining Referees. Since this was a Provincial Championship it was an opportunity for any of the lifters to set Canadian Records and that is why the MPA asked Ryan to come and assist us.

There were three lifters from Ontario who came to lift. Two were from Northern Ontario, a Junior lifter Jeffrey Nason who had some troubles with his Bench which kept him from achieving a total. Terry McCaffrey came from Kenora to lift. He borrowed the famed Bumble Bee Singlet from me so we were expecting a fine performance. Unfortunately, I was informed that Terry had sustained an injury during the warm up which prevented him from competing. I did not find out what the injury was as he left before we were finished. Good luck on the injury recovery Terry and hopefully we will see you later on this year. The third lifter from Ontario was James Walker. James and his father had travelled all the way from London Ontario so that James’ grandparents could see him lift for the first time. James is a Special Olympian who had a fine competition totalling up 485kg in the 120 kilo class. By all accounts James had a great time and his father was very gracious with his compliments of the MPA before their departure.

How about those Manitoba women? There is a resurgence of female lifters in the province that is rekindling the competitive juices of Mrs Haywood. There were 10 women lifting at this meet with some newcomers trying out their strength against some veterans. There were two ladies in the 57kg weight class. The ever improving Janelle Van Den Bosch entered her first contest of the year and the aforementioned Caitlyn Clement (a Military Lifter who is stationed at the 17 Wing). Janelle displays solid technique in her lifting by squatting 92.5kg for a new record and pulling 120kg and totalling 257.5 each for a new MPA record and top spot in the class. Caitlyn also displayed solid lifting and had a 195kg total on her first outing here in Manitoba. All Caitlyn’s lifts were Provincial Records in the Military Unequipped as well as the Equipped categories for her weight class. Congratulations!

In the 63kg class Jill Bright was neck and neck with Brandon’s Lana Lorenco as both ladies squatted 90kg. However, Lana had more in the bench and extended her lead in the Deadlift for the win with a total of 270kg to Jill’s 237.5. I think that Jill is training at Acceleration so you know you can expect an improvement in her numbers down the road. It is very nice to see some competitive weight classes locally.

Amanda Moffitt was on her own in the 73kg weight class. It seems that Amanda had experienced some strife prior to this meet as she had a fire at her home just recently. Maybe this inspired her lifting as she was consistent with her past performances putting up a 242.5kg total and equalling some of her provincial records.

There were two women in the 84kg weight class. One was a first time lifter who happened to be a Master 1 too, Janet Loesel Sitar. The other was a very impressive competitor who was back for only her second stint on the platform, Grace Giglione! Janet lifted very well for a first contest. If she was nervous it did not show as her form was very good and her lifting consistent. Janet managed to garner some of the Women’s M1 records with lifts of 80, 55, 115 and a total of 250kg. Grace was gunning for best lifter and she achieved this with some very impressive form. Grace had top lifts of 142.5 Squat, 75 Bench and 155 Deadlift for a total of 372.5kg and a Wilks Coefficient of 350.9! This was a nice piece of lifting, and an early contender for Female Lifter of the year.

The 84+ weight class is seeing some serious competition over the past few months as returning lifters Krista Vandewaeter and Kelli Linforth were back to go back and forth to see who was the best this time around. Joining them was a very impressive Junior competitor Hailey Kostyniuk who came to this meet and demonstrated some very strong lifts and a lot of potential. Krista and Kelli appear to be fairly even when it comes to their lifts as they traded back and forth with the lead in the Open class all day. Krista had the early lead with a five kilo lead in the squat 95 to 90. Kelli took this back in the bench by out pressing Krista by 5 kilos 65 to 60. then both ladies pulled 142.5 which was a personal best for both giving them identical totals of 297.5 with Krista taking first due to being lighter. Hailey managed to wipe out all of the previous records that Krista and Kelli had set by lifting 130, 85, and 152.5 for a total of 367.5! All of this at her first contest! Hailey set the Junior and Open MPA records at this meet as well as breaking an Equipped Benchpress standard from 1999! Hailey, I think you have found your sport.

So as you can see the ladies are setting the bar for the men (just like Canadian’s Olympians!). In the 74kilo class there were three lifters. Two were competing for the first time and the other …………..couldn’t make weight??? Trent Monk is a Junior lifter who is already an accomplished Armwrestler. Trent had heard about our sport Ryan Espey. He contacted me and came by the HHG for a quick critique of his lifts, he borrowed a singlet and the rest is history. Trent confessed to being really nervous on Saturday unfortunately, I could not spend much time with him given my responsibilities as the head referee. Trent managed to do alright by going 9/9, setting all new Junior records in his weight class and having a great time doing it too! Trent lifted 120, 102.5 and 185 for a 407.5 total. Also lifting at 74kg was newcomer Marc Bergen who lifted 130, 97.5 and 172.5 for a total of 400kg even and second place in the Open category. It looked like Marc was training with Janelle and her partner Devin LaFerriere. The lifter who couldn’t make weight which resulted in a self disclosure of, “I’m fat”; was Denis Ng, now if any of you know Denis or have seen him at a Powerlifting Meet or on the Rugby pitch you know that Denis is the leanest fatman you will every see. The man has striations on the muscles of his entire body! Anyway, Denis was not in his usual weight class of 66kg but lifting as a very light 74kg lifter. This was good for the MPA record books as Dennis put in another outstanding Powerlifting performance by going 190, 120, 195 for a 505 total and a 394 Wilks. All of these lifts were new records. Congratulations Dennis!

There were two 83kg competitors and both were Juniors. Jeffrey Nason was unable to get a lift in on the Benchpress so he was out of the running. That left our last minute entry of Jules Esteban who squatted 185 for a new record and then continued with a 102.5 bench and a 205 deadlift for 492.5 total. This was a nice debut for a last minute decision to lift.

There were two lifters in the 93kg weight class. Both were from Acceleration Performance as well. James Poirier discovered what most of us do if we stick around for awhile and that is; lifting is easier than spotting and loading. So, James entered his first contest and did very well totalling 420kg and hitting two important milestones in a lifter’s career and that is a 300+ pound squat and a 400+ lb deadlift. Well done James. The other Acceleration lifters was the youngest of the Downs clan to try their luck at lifting. Scott Downs was at his first contest as a Junior in order to achieve a qualifying total for Nationals this year. Scott needed 440kg to qualify. This did not seem to be a big deal with BIG BROTHER BEN helping him out and calling his numbers for him. Scott lifted 195, 110 and wait for it (or is that weight for it?), 272.5kg deadlift and a total of 577.5 at his first meet! That is a 600lb Deadlift as a Junior. It seems those Downs boys know how to pull.

The Men’s 105 weight class had the most lifters at the same weight with 7 competitors. There was an M1 Benchpresser in Ed Dufour who set an MPA record with his 165kg Unequipped bench. Ed had his son Colin keeping him on the straight and narrow here and it seemed to work.

There were two Juniors at 105, Kyle Thompson and Carey Link. This was Kyle’s first contest and he did well lifting 165, 120, 205 for a 490 total and second place in the age category. He was up against Carey who was testing out his strength for Nationals in March. Carey lifted well improving his squat – 210, deadlift – 245 and total – 602.5 managing to break an MPA record I believe. Good Luck at Nationals Carey.

The Open 105 Class had Devin LaFerriere who has improved on all of his lifts since last competing putting up a solid total of 467.5 which left him just out of the medals on this day. In third was another first times Mathew Bowen who seemed to be having a great time lifting and posted up 177.5, 112.5, 205 for a 495 total. In second place was Magnus Mason improving his lifting form and showing consistency in his lifts from his past efforts. Magnus lifted 190, 120, and 215 totalling 525kg. Given Magnus’ height he could bulk up to 120+ if he wanted the expense of the groceries and the requisite new wardrobe! The man with the pull Brent Wasylowski was at the top of this class with some excellent lifting. Brent improved on all of his lifts from past meets Squatting 225kg, Benching 150kg and Deadlifting and impressive 322.5kg for a total of 697.5 just shy of 700. Brent earned top lifter honours with a 427.7 Wilks! This was an excellent performance by Brent.

Rounding out our competitors was a former Junior lifter who is now solidly in the Open category at 120kg and that is Mathew Sedor. Mathew was lifting for the first time Unequipped and he did very well. As usual Mat’s parents were in the crowd to cheer him on. Now I’ve watched Mat lift since he was a Junior and with the steady weight training and throwing that he has done it has given him a solid physique. Mathew’s lifting was just as solid with a 205 Squat, 155 Bench, 240 Deadlift and a 600kg total for his first Unequipped meet. Well done Mathew.

I should really try and shorten these reports up but I never want to leave anyone out. So there it is, the 2014 Provincials in the books. Thank you again to the wonderful crew at Acceleration Performance, all of the MPA old-timers and all of the spectators that came out to cheer on their loved ones or who just wondered what this sport is all about. I’ll post details of the summer contest when the arrangements are finalized.

See you on the wood.


2013 Keystone Klassic Meet Report

2013 Keystone Klassic
Meet Report

The 2013 incarnation of the Keystone Klassic was an intimate competitive affair that was reminiscent of MPA contests of days gone by; where in the old Olympic/MPA Gym on Thames Ave the floor was cleared off, a platform set up and the lifters would be warming up in a squat rack before walking past their gathered loved ones to step onto the platform and test their strength against the steel and each other. Sweat, gym chalk, laughter, family and friends, maybe this is what keeps me coming back for more.

Step forward 10 years and the venue was now down the road from Elmwood in St Boniface at Acceleration Performance. This facility is quickly becoming home to some very strong young lifters, part of the future of the MPA and Powerlifting in Manitoba. Guy Page assembled the equipment, the spotter’s and loaders and some of the competitors to make this day a good one.

There were 13 lifters in total including four Special Olympians, one Tammy Hardt was returning to the platform after a lengthy break from competition. Tammy was joined by Reetu Chahal, Robin Latimer and Keiran Gamble. Tammy managed to get in two squats and all three deadlifts but she had some difficulty with the bench. Just a little platform rust that I’m sure will be taken care of in her next contest. Reetu was enthusiastic to lift but she had trouble with her first five attempts missing all three squats and two benches before sorting things out and finishing off strong with a bench and three deadlifts. Robin Latimer was able to demonstrate some solid lifting going 8/9 with a total in the Powerlifting of 295kg. Keiran Gamble is a Benchpress machine! Keiran was lifting in the Push Pull Event and he posted up some solid benches that were record breakers. 107.5 Benchpress and a 110 Deadlift for a solid performance and the Best Lifter trophy in the Special Olympic category.

There was a real back and forth battle in the Women’s 84+ category with the current record holders duking it out and going back and forth with their lifts. In the end Kelli Linforth emerged 2.5kg ahead of Krista Vandewaeter 307.5 to 305! As usual it came down to the final Deadlift. However, here is how this duel played out; Opening squat saw Kelli open with 80kg and Krista with 90. Seconds was dead even with both ladies lifting 97.5! Thirds went 110kg for Kelli and 107.5 for Krista with Kelli securing the new Provincial record. Benchpress was just as close with Kelli starting off with 45kg and Krista showing her prowess by opening with 52.5, advantage Krista. Second attempts saw a replay of the squats with both ladies choosing the same attempt 57.5kg. Kelli was successful and Krista missed hers due to some bar movement on the chest, advantage Kelli. Now Kelli had the lower lot number so she chose a weight to stay ahead and test herself in the process 67.5kg. Krista went up 2.5kg to 60kg and nailed it for a personal best. Kellie missed her third leaving both with a sub total of 167.5kg a tie going into the Deadlift! Drama, you bet! The Deadlift began with Kelli opening with 100kg to Krista’s 117.5 both good lifts – advantage Krista. Second attempts saw Kelli go to 125 and Krista took 130. Now only 5kg separated these ladies. Kelli had the lower lot # so she had to show her hand first. She chose 140kg and Krista put in 137.5kg. Both lifts were successful giving Kelli the win. Was Krista capable of more? Maybe but I was not watching these lifts. Both deadlifted over 300#s and gave us a great battle to witness. Congratulations to the duelling Ks!

There was another battle in the 83kg Men’s weight class as Shawn McCarthy and Derek Wickham both lifted to push up some personal numbers. Shawn last lifted in February and Derek had just competed at the Western Canadians. Shawn went 3/3 in the squat finishing up with 185kg. Derek was 2/3 missing 180 and getting his second at 177.5. In the Bench both men opened with 110 with successful attempts. Shawn then went to 117.5 for a good lift and Derek tried 115 and missed. Both missed their third Benchpress leaving Shawn in the lead at the subtotal. Deadlifts went well with both men being successful with all three attempts. I know Derek hit a PB as he pulled a strong 212.5kg on his second which was a new PB. We had a quick conversation and he put in 220 for a third and nailed it! Shawn was on fire at this contest and finished out his day with a 227.5kg Deadlift and a 530 total for the win to Derek’s 507.5. Nice lifting all around!

Justin Arceo returned to competition for the second time this year. He had the right idea and looked strong in his attempts. The result this time around was 6/9 and a 457.5kg total in the Men’s Junior 93kg class. Justin tried for personal bests on each of his third attempts which if successful would have netted him a 510 total. In any case he lifted well and looked like he was having fun which is what this is all about right Kelli?

Carey Link was lifting in his fourth competition this year and he has shown a steady progression in his lifting under the tutelage of Guy Page. Carey has increased his lifts every contest and posted up an 8/9 day with a 585 total. The difference maker was the Squat which allowed Carey to improve on his total at the Westerns just last month. Congratulations Carey! Keep on lifting as the dedication and hard work are showing.

The 120+ weight class had some quality beef at this year’s version of the Keystone Klassic! As mentioned earlier Robin Latimer had an excellent day only missing one lift! This was the 26th Anniversary of my first contest which happened to be the Keystone Klassic way back in 1987! The quality part comes in with the next two lifters Bend Downs and Will Husarewycz!

I had a goal in mind as this was my first contest back from my torn quadriceps tendon on September of last year. I wanted a 182.5kg Squat and a 547.5 total. I achieved both with a 7/9 day 192.5 Squat, a measly 115kg bench and a 240 Deadlift. The leg felt great but the right shoulder did not like the last bench attempt.

Will and Ben were going to move some big weight as both opened up over 500#s in the squat. Both took an opener of 240kg. Both were successful! Will took 252.5 for a second and got it; Ben went to 260kg and nailed it too! Third attempts saw will take 260 but this proved a little too heavy today. Ben went for a 272.5kg Squat and did this too! A very impressive display of Unequipped squatting! Will opened with 135kg in the bench for a missed lift but regained his composure and lifted 140 and 150 to stay in the hunt. Ben was having a day of days and easily, I mean easily benched 165, 177.5, and 182.5kg to take a commanding lead at the sub-total. The Deadlift is Ben’s lift and he did not disappoint. Will appeared to have some chops in this lift as well as he opened with 280kg!!! Unfortunately for Will he tried 300kg twice and was unsuccessful leaving him with a very respectable 682.5kg total at his first MPA meet. Ben, well Ben was magical on November 24th, 2013 as he opened up with a ridiculously easy 295kg Deadlift and took 320kg on his second for a 600#, 400#, 700# Squat, Bench, Deadlift respectively! But Ben was not done as he called for 330kg or 727 lbs for the largest successful Deadlift by a Manitoban in a Powerlifting event ever…………………EVER! When the dust settled Ben had a 9/9 day a 785kg total and a 445 Wilks Coefficient Total for the Best Lifter Honours!

Guy Page and his crew did another wonderful job of taking care of the spotting and loading. We were fortunate to have several MPA members volunteer to help out at this meet. I know that Janelle Van den Bosch and her boyfriend were there to help out but there was no work for them. Magnus Mason worked hard spotting and loading throughout the day and Guy’s guys were there; Justin Yakiwchuk giving the “light as air” hand offs on the bench and running the platform, James Poirier, Kyle Thompson and Graeme Sorrell three young men with enthusiasm and obviously an appreciation for hard work as they worked up a sweat spotting and loading throughout the day. Thank you all.

Our Referees for this event were Susan Haywood, Tamara Cunningham and Guy Page. Bruce Markham and Jesse Jamison handled the scoresheet.

Every competitor at this meet lifted Unequipped! The future is here and it is the foundation and history of our sport renewed by the simplification of the event to truly find out who is the strongest. The future looks good!

I’ll see you on the wood in 2014.