I posted the MPA Constitution as well as updating the MPA records after the Provincials and another file with the Westerns results of Manitobans entered.

Some interesting observations:
A 30 year old Provincial Standard fell to Paige R. Kernot. She replaced Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame member Theresa Brick with her efforts in the Junior 72kg class.

Lot #s pay off as two members beat their fellow lifters by lifting the record first due to lot #.

Congratulations to everyone for your efforts. The Certificates are going to take a little longer.


Western’s Thoughts

Western’s thoughts:

The 2017 CPU Westerns Powerlifting Championships is now in the record books. It was a long process to prepare for this meet. We needed to decide as a Province to submit a bid. When we did that people stepped up and we were connected with Tourism Manitoba who helped us put together a wonderful proposal that was well received. This past February, once the CPU Executive Council decided to award the bid to Manitoba the logistics of meet planning began.
There is now a certain amount of responsibility to host a top notch, first class event for the CPU. We are a growing sport with very competitive athletes. It is our duty as the Provincial affiliate of the CPU and as Meet Directors and Referees to ensure that the highest standard of quality is established and maintained. In that way our athletes will be better prepared as they progress through the ranks and represent Canada on the International stage.
Some of you may have heard me say throughout this process that hosting a meet is a community effort. In Manitoba the MPA has a tradition of working by committee. What that means is that no one person is solely responsible for the success or failure of the event. We get together, work to our strengths and delegate duties to make our powerlifting events happen. I am proud to say that the MPA and her members stepped up in a big way this year.
Susan Haywood and Amanda Burg were the meet directors but it was an effort by more than these two ladies. Amanda did an amazing job of exploring and securing the Victoria Inn as our venue. She also worked very hard to recruit an amazing collection of sponsors to help support our event. Susan used her experience and vision to guide the process and to craft a lifter friendly environment.
Devin Laferriere volunteered to design and make the trophies. He also worked to make the banner that hung behind the platform visually appealing. His work was amazing and I feel that the athletes that won the best lifter awards will have a memento worthy of their trophy case.
Mathew Bowen again stepped up as Volunteer Coordinator to arrange an amazing platoon of spotters and loaders, score table, speaker and sales volunteers that really made the meet flow. I have never seen such a consistent group of volunteers and your help and hard work were very much appreciated. Well done Mathew!
Our Vice President Rob Snow used his creativity and savvy to ensure we had a memorable lifting platform. Rob coordinated the set up and the tear down of the venue and was an eager participant in our organizing meetings while bouncing ideas off of each other out here in the Interlake. He also was acting in an official capacity as Referee or Technical Controller throughout the weekend.
David Gurvey connected us with Tourism Manitoba, he then secured Winnipeg Pins from the city for the lifter bags and used his connections to get Winnipeg’s own Mayor the Honorable Brian Bowman to come to our opening ceremonies and welcome the lifters, coaches and out of province vendors to our city and event.
There were some real work horses on the platform throughout the weekend. Ben Langley helped out for two solid days before flying out to South Africa to compete for Canada in the Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships. Ryan Kolesar withdrew from the competition due to injury and then worked harder that he would have lifting by spotting for several days. Brooklyn, Anastasia, Thea, Jennifer, Jenny, and the list goes on all worked very hard to cover the various volunteer positions we had available.
Andrew Langelaar built some new Chalk Boxes worthy of powerlifters to use in the back room. Then he lifted on Sunday and was the best overall Junior Male Powerlifter!
We had 207 entries and when the chalk dust settled I believe I counted 185 competitors. There some withdrawals due to sickness or injury and some lifters had conflicts which prevented them from travelling. There were others that did not show but that is the norm for larger meets.
How about those MPA member performances? Amanda Moffitt won her class in the M1 women. CJ Stewart broke the 47kg Women’s Open Benchpress record and had the second highest Wilks Total. She was second only to Hailey Kostynuik who had a massive 456 Wilks and her own National Record. Nhan Nguyen had the second highest Wilks for the men and won Gold in a stacked 83kg weigh class. In fact I believe that Manitoba swept the medals in this class. Jannelle Van Den Bosch not only won her class she secured her first ever 400 Wilks. Kristy Fisher won the 63kg Open Women’s class. Dave Gurvey won the M2 74kg class. Paige Kernot destroyed the competition in the 72kg Junior Women’s class. Megan Swidnicki won Gold and Jocelyn Blake took Silver in the Open Women’s 84kg class. As mentioned Hailey won Gold in the Open 84+ and Lexie Elias took the Bronze in the same class.
In the Junior Men’s division Mathew Roberts took Silver in the 74kg Sub Junior category. Liam Shaw won Gold in the 105 Junior class. Jaydan Sisson took Silver in the 83kg Junior category with Michael Lamothe and Christian Lozano taking the Bronze and fourth respectively in the same class. Phuoc Nhut Tran took Silver in the Junior 105 class and Andrew Langelaar as mentioned won the 120+ Junior Men’s class and the overall best Junior lifter.
The top six places in the Men’s 83kg class belonged to Manitobans. Nhan Nguyen – Gold, Michael Chan – Silver, Henry de Guzman Bronze and Kurt Kornelsen just missing Bronze and finishing fourth. Brian Duaqui was sixth! It was a big class. Devan Normandin tied for third but took fourth on bodyweight in the 93kg class. Devin Laferriere took the Bronze in the Open 120kg class and Daniil Naumov took the Bronze in the Open Men’s 120+ class.
In the Benchpress Jessica Antony took the Gold in the Open Women’s 84kg class. Olimar Gutierrez won the Gold in the Junior Men’s 93kg Bench and Mathew Bowen (puking all the way on his third attempt ) took Silver in the Men’s 83kg Bench.
We got to see Ryan Stinn conquer his long time goal of a 400kg Squat! Also, our friend and neighbour from Atikokan, ON Joe Lecuyer benched a monstrous 255kg and just miss 265kg on his third in the Classic 120+ Open Men’s class.
We had two new National Referees pass their tests. Congratulations to Angelina Van Ryswyk from Alberta and Linda McFeeters from Ontario on accomplishing this feat. Thank you to Bette Festing (BC), Lucas Tetreault (SK), Rhaea Stinn (SK), Shantelle Szuch (SK), Ryan Fowler (SK), and President Mark Giffin for coming to assist Sue, myself, Robert Snow, Krista Sanger, Mathew Bowen and Janet Loesel Sitar in handling the officiating duties.
The sport of Powerlifting can offer us many things. It makes us stronger, improves our self-worth, connects us with the community, and is just darned fun to do. I am very proud to be connected to such a wonderful group of people. I think the future looks bright for our sport overall and our sport within Manitoba.
Thank you to everyone who helped to make this a success. We will see you on the wood.


Volunteers for Westerns Needed

*Volunteers Needed* for CPU Western Championships September 8-10 at Winnipeg’s Airport Victoria Inn! Physical (spotters, loaders) and non-physical (MC, Data Entry, Attempt Taker, merch table, registration, warm-up room coordinator) spots available! See link below for public spreadsheet and availabilities.
Contact Mathew Bowen Bowenms42@gmail.com for info and registration!

Westerns Volunteers
Friday Friday September 8, 2017 Session 1( Weigh in– 06: 00; Lifting– 08: 00), Volunteer Coordinator: Flight A: Masters Women 63kg– 84+ kg= 14 lifters Flight B: 47kg Masters Women& All Masters Men= 12 lifters, Vince( tentatively after 6pm)…

The CPU Needs some new volunteers

Hello MPA members, there are some positions becoming available within the CPU. If you are interested in taking on some responsibility and supporting the sport we all love please see below. I have copied this from an e-mail from the CPU President Mark Giffin.

The CPU is in need of:

• Records Chair
• Registration Chair
• Director of Public Relations

Scope and responsibilities for these roles can be found in the CPU Policies and Procedures, Articles 2.7, 2.8, 2.9

Also, we need someone to manage Women’s CPU Ranking.

Finally, the CPU Board intends to move forward with an RFP Committee. Their first task will be to pull together the scope and details related to upgrade and maintenance of the CPU Website.
Resumes should be directed to the CPU President Mark Giffin. Cut off for submission is September 15, 2017.
The CPU is a growing organization and we need volunteers at every level (not just schlepping plates at a contest). If you are interested in this opportunity it will look good on a resume and you are applying and acquiring skills that can serve you in other aspects of your life.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

Erinview Closed Meet Results added

There was a closed meet held today (Sunday June 11, 2017) for two individuals who were unable to compete at last week’s Provincial Championships. The results have been posted here and sent to the CPU webmaster.

Thank you to Krista Sanger, Amanda Burg, Marc Bergen, Devin Laferriere, Jannelle Van Den Bosch, Margo Morberg – Berry, a tall gentleman from Brickhouse, my lovely wife Susan Haywood for the help.

Congratulations to Paul Taylor and Jesse Jamison for achieving their qualifying totals for the Westerns.


2017 Provincial Meet Summary

2017 Provincial Summary

First and foremost this will not be a detailed accounting of the day of lifting. I have too many duties and responsibilities that prevent me from going into my overly detailed accounting of the meet. Let me make note though that this year’s MPA Provincial Championships was a success. We had fewer competitors from last year but I had predicted that. It was a calculated risk when the decision was made to move the Provincials to June. This has several purposes that were highlighted by the MPA successfully winning the bid to host the CPU Western Powerlifting Championships. Our competitions should progress and provide a stepping stone for the members to move up the competitive ladder as they gain experience, strength and increase their totals. Local competitions first, succeeded by more events and perhaps travelling to our sister provinces for experience, then qualifying for the Provincials which are now scheduled with enough time for a newly qualified lifter to complete another training cycle and progress to the Regional Championships i.e. Westerns, Centrals or Easterns. Once a lifter has obtained a qualifying total for the Nationals and have fulfilled the expectation of competing at a Regional championships they can plan and train to test themselves against the best in the country at Nationals the following year.
I do feel quite proud of our membership today, and after having a good sleep from yesterday’s competition I’ll share the reasons why. Well, the MPA is demonstrating a wonderful sense of community that has been fostered by the members and executive since I first became involved back in 1987. What I mean by that is that after going through a period of time where we were the smallest provincial association in the CPU by numbers our membership has increased (as has the overall membership of the CPU) but we have not lost our sense of community. That is, the sense of helping each other with spotting or loading, loaning a newbie your belt or sharing training ideas and talking powerlifting until the wee hours over some burnt coffee at our favourite restaurant of the day.
In particular yesterday I was very happy and proud of the number and quality of volunteers that were there to help make the meet a success. Rob Snow and I made arrangements to pick up the MPA equipment before he had surgery over a week ago. Mathew Bowen took on the task of organizing volunteers for the set up and the day of the meet including recruiting some tired but happy lifters to assist with the tear down and loading of our new trailer. Believe me this made my post meet workload a lot lighter. Rob Snow and Sue will gladly tell you of the numerous occasions in the not too distant past where Rob and I or Bruce Markham and I would load the gear, take it to the venue, set up, lift or officiate the next day and then tear it all down with only a couple of extra hands for help only to unload and carry the gear to its’ resting place until the next meet.
Friday we had the aforementioned MPA Vice President Robert Snow and Liam Snow along with Susan Haywood, David Gurvey and his daughter, Shawn McCarthy, Alyssa Burg, Janet Loesel Sitar, Mathieu Kuhn, Mike Armstrong, and two MPA members who happen to work at the Victoria Inn but whose names escape me (sorry gentlemen). Now I may have missed someone but this was a huge help for the set up.
On Saturday, Mathew was well organized and he provided me with the following list of members who helped out throughout the competition:
Russell Salada Nhan Nguyen Jessa Nguyen Krista Sanger
Alyssa Burg Hailey Kostynuik Ace Gervacio Janet Loesel Sitar
Shawn McCarthy Margo Morberg-Berry Sophia Morberg-Berry Vince Green
Kurtis Tallaire Nolan Novotny Christian Palapuz Christian Lozano
Tyler MacInnis Mathieu Kuhn Han Tang Robert Snow
Susan Haywood Mike Armstrong

Now this is a fantastic list of help and as I’ve stated before a successful powerlifting meet cannot be done well without a solid core of volunteers. Thank you to you all for taking some time out of your Saturday to help with the various tasks that you did. There were also numerous competitors who picked up weights and helped to load the trailer and clean up the venue before we all went our separate ways. Thank you to all of you as well.
The event was a test run for when we host the Westerns in September. I think we can work together to make this another fine MPA hosted event. I realize many people who helped yesterday may be lifting in September but you can still find ways to assist the MPA in hosting this very important Regional event. I look forward to working with you all again.
At Provincials our lifters can make an attempt to break a CPU National Record. That is the reason why we brought in our good friend the Secretary of the CPU Mike Armstrong. Mike also generously allowed us to use the new light system he purchased for the IPF Classic World Championships that he is the Meet Director for next year in Calgary. These lights worked very well indeed! They have a built in clock that counts down for the lifter’s attempt as well as programming for getting in subsequent attempts. It eliminates the use of the card system by having coloured lights to indicate the infraction when a red light is chosen for a “No Lift”. A fine piece of equipment.
Now back to the National Records….two of our lifters attempted and were successful at breaking National Records yesterday. Olimar Gutierrez broke the Junior 93kg Men’s Bench press record with a huge 183kg on his third attempt. Trevor Winfield decimated the previous Master’s 2 120+ Benchpress record on his opening attempt with a 240 kg press. Trevor was successful on his second with 242.5kg for a 32.5kg increase over the previous record. Congratulations to Olimar and Trevor on their success!
I am sure that there were some Provincial Records broken yesterday as well. With our Records Chairman Shawn McCarthy heading west for an employment opportunity we have an opening for somebody to take this on. We will update the records and get the certificates prepared.
If I have missed anyone or misspelled your name please let me know. Thank you to everyone who contributed to making this event happen.
Yours in sport,
Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

Message from the CPU President regarding the CPU Coaching Certificate Program

I have copied a message below from the President of the CPU Mark Giffin. This will be posted on the CPU website as well. I believe it is a well worded description of the purpose of the Coaching Certification Program. This is helping us to grow the infrastructure of our sport for you the lifters and the future of Powerlifting in Canada. There is a plan and I will make every effort to communicate this with you the members of the MPA.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

Dear Members and Friends of the CPU,
The CPU Coaching Certification has been twenty years in the making. You read that correctly; two decades. Hard to believe that people are somehow surprised by its launch.
On April 10, 2014, I reported to the membership that the new CPU Board was working toward NSO recognition and the development of a national coaching certification. As has been communicated many times since, these two initiatives are inextricably linked. NSO recognition opens many doors to the CPU including opportunities for funding at the national and provincial level. Launching the coaching certification is a necessary and strategic step for the CPU.

Open letter to the members of the CPUDear Members,My name is Mark Giffin and I was recently elected President of the…

Posted by Canadian Powerlifting Union on Thursday, April 10, 2014

Yes, there is an enrollment fee for the coaching certification. Considerable time and energy was invested in the certification’s development. The course material is excellent. In my humble opinion, it is the best powerlifting specific certification available anywhere. The course material was developed by some of our best people who contributed (read unpaid) many, many hundreds of hours to its development. Given what is being provided, it is a bargain.
Yes, the coaching certification is a revenue stream for the CPU. Allow me the opportunity to elaborate. We are a self-funded organization. To protect the health and rights of our members, the CPU’s investment in our Anti-Doping Program is near six figures. We invest 10’s of thousands of dollars on supporting our lifters with referees as well as providing coaches for our international teams. However, these expenditures do not reflect the true costs. If we assigned true costs to running this organization, membership fees would double.
No, there will be no grandfathering clause. However, anyone may challenge the exam. What will be required of all is the completion of the NCCP training Making Ethical Decisions (MED). To complete the certification, the in-competition evaluation will also apply.
The process for selecting facilitators has been open to all. An invitation for applications for coaching certification facilitators was posted December 16, 2016. Based on the low number of applications received, the application deadline was extended. The total number of applications we received was disappointing however this was offset by the high levels of education and experience of those that did apply. We have very good people teaching this course.
There has been NO SET DATE for the roll-out of the requirement of completion of the coaching certification for access to the warm-up room at CPU Nationals or CPU Regional Championships. Any information saying otherwise is wrong. However, I ask you to consider the “coach” who appeared on our National’s live feed attired in a dirty muscle shirt sporting a backwards baseball cap OR the three stooges busily taking selfies on the bench press in the warm-up room at Nationals while the women of the next flight were attempting to warm-up OR the person who dodged two out-of-meet tests, retired from the CPU two weeks before Nationals but somehow found his way into the warm-up room to coach his brother at Nationals. I also invite you to attempt to wander into the warm-up area or onto the field of play at Nationals for weightlifting or judo, basketball or any other legitimate sport without having completed the appropriate training, a background check and without credentials. Things will change at CPU Nationals and Regionals because they must.
In reading the comments regarding the CPU Coaching Certification, I’m reminded of the hue and cry that went up when people learned that team members for 2015 Commonwealth Championships would be selected based upon accomplishments rather than a sense of entitlement or lucky home address. This was a big shift in the way things had been done. Unfortunately, some people still carry the opinion that what’s good for them and what’s good for the organization are somehow the same.
People, It’s way past time for a shift in thinking. We are no longer an organization of some 500 members barely registering on the international stage. Accept this and move on. We are a world class organization counting among our membership some of the best powerlifters on the planet. It’s time to think about what a future of 5000 members looks like. It’s time to put away the microscopes and start using our binoculars.
Simply put, we’ve done what was promised to the CPU membership in 2014. The CPU, our members and powerlifting will be better for it. My heartfelt gratitude to all who made this possible. I’m very proud of this initiative.
Mark Giffin, CPU President

Provincial Entry list with flights and declared weight classes

A Courtney Laing F-O-U 19 PL 63
A Jennifer Grace Cruz F-O-U 15 PL 72
A Thea Olalia F-J-U 2 PL 72
A Paige R. Kernot F-J-U 16 PL 72
A Jessica Everett F-O-U 10 PL 72
A Megan Swidnicki F-O-U 4 PL 84
A Rebeca Deslauriers F-O-U 8 PL 84
A Melissa Penner F-J-U 24 PL 84
A Anastasia Iurovski F-J-U 18 PL 84
A Jo-Anne Clark-Gillespie F-M1-U 21 PL 84+
A Jocelyn Espenell F-M1-U 17 PL 84
A Jessica Antony F-O-U 13 BP 84
B Olimar Gutierrez M-J-U 12 BP 93
B Trevor Winfield M-M2-U 7 BP 120+
B Joey Simms M-J-U 5 PL 74
B Patrick Barbaro M-J-U 27 PL 74
B Marc Bergen M-O-U 23 PL 74
B Jaydan Sisson M-J-U 11 PL 83
B Brandon Espiritu M-J-U 22 PL 83
B Mathew Delaurier M-J-U 1 PL 83
B Dan Collette M-O-U 26 PL 83
B Kurt Kornelsen M-O-U 9 PL 83
B Darius Martens M-J-U 6 PL 93
B Matthew (Dany)Davis M-O-U 20 PL 93
B Devin Laferriere M-O-U 14 PL 105
B Nick Tran M-J-U 25 PL 105
B Gord Grimolfson M-O-U 3 PL 105

Records now updated through the 2017 Westman Classic

Great work everyone! Looking forward to updating this again after Provincials and Westerns, too.

I have the certificates from the previous update and will be sending this new stack off to the printers soon; they all will be available at Provincials.

If you know you won’t be at Provincials or Westerns at all or cross paths with me (Shawn) at a gym, please send us an email with your current address so we can send those out. We have some addresses from registration forms, CPU memberships, etc, but people move 🙂

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