2014 Power in the Parkland
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.
IPF Category I Referee