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Retrospective of meet highlights

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.