CPU NATS 2020: How Do I Get There?

So you’ve heard the exciting news – CPU Nationals 2020 will be in Winnipeg. You’d love to be a part of it but aren’t quite sure what you need to do to get there. Read on to learn all the requirements to compete at Nationals as an MPA member!

  • Compete at any local meet. This will be your chance to qualify for Provincials and higher-level meets.
  • Compete at Provincials within 2 years of the intended Nationals. MPA’s 2019 Provincial Championships will be held on June 22-23 at Holiday Inn. Registration is open until June 1st, and can be found here. For the qualifying totals to compete at Provincials, click here.  At the discretion of the MPA Board of Directors, referees may officiate and IPF international event competitors may volunteer at Provincials in lieu of competing. 
  • Compete at Regionals within 2 years of the intended Nationals. This is for first time Nationals competitors only. You can compete at any of the Regional Championships but Westerns is often the most feasible for us Manitobans. 2019 Western Championships will be held on September 6-8, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Qualifying totals were raised at this year’s CPU AGM in March and can be found here
  • Achieve the National qualifying total. These were also increased at this year’s CPU AGM and can be found here
  • Volunteer in MPA within 1 year of the intended Nationals. Register to volunteer at Provincials here


I achieved the Provincial qualifying total 3 years ago but haven’t competed since then. Can I still compete at Provincials? Yes. Currently, the MPA does not have a time limit on Provincial QTs. 

Do I have to qualify for Nationals at Regionals? No, these are separate requirements. You must register a total at both Provincials and Regionals, but can achieve your National QT at any prior meet. (Similarly, you must register a total at Provincials to be eligible to compete at Regionals but the Regional QT can be from any prior meet.)

Why were the qualifying totals increased? The membership is simply growing faster than the referees and volunteers can effectively support. Additionally, Nationals is meant to be the premier event in the CPU, so increasing qualifying totals to correspond to the quality of lifting we see today only makes sense. 

If I’ve already competed at Nationals, do I still have to achieve the new qualifying total? Yes. You do not have to compete at Regionals again, but the new QT’s do apply to everyone.

Do I have to compete at the weight class I qualified at? No. After you’ve achieved the qualifying total at the weight class you competed in, you can elect to compete at any other weight class for higher-level meets. 

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4 thoughts on “CPU NATS 2020: How Do I Get There?”

  1. Hi I am masters 4 , my qt’s haven’t changed, my question
    I have competed at provincials in 2018
    And I am also competing again here 2019 and I also competed at regionals in PEI 2018 and qt for Nationals in mar
    2019 and QT for Comonwealths here in Nl. Sept 2019.
    My question
    What if any of the above do I have to do again
    I came 1 st. All. Of the above
    I am masters4 84 plus
    CPU no . 175873

  2. Ruby, you need to follow your Provincial guidelines and regulations as well as those for the CPU. Contact your Provincial President or Athlete Representative for your Province of residence and ensure you have fulfilled their requirements for you to compete at the 2020 Nationals in Winnipeg. Your Provincial President must sign off on your entry form to Nationals when you apply, each province has a different procedure for this.

    This information was provided more for our MPA lifters rather than the lifters from the other provinces.

    Brock Haywood
    IPF Cat I Referee
    CPU Officiating Chair
    Past President MPA

  3. Hi my name is Gerri Howlett I am a M3 lifter. In 2016 I competed at Nationals in Saskatchewan and Worlds in Killeen Texas 2016. Being diagnosed with Cancer slowed me down a little. This year I competed at a local meet to earn my numbers to compete at a Provincial level Which I accomplished!
    When I competed at Provincial I lifted the totals required . Do I need to compete in Easterns to be able to compete in Nationals. I have been told as a Masters 3 and having competed in Nationals and Worlds I can compete in in Nationals without doing Easterns
    Thank you for your time
    Take Care

  4. It is best to check the CPU website and constitution for this answer. Also, check with the Saskatchewan Executive to make sure you fulfill your home province’s requirements.

    Brock Haywood.

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