IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR WESTMAN LIFTERS RE – True Sport online Training through the CCES

The following list of people have not completed the CCES cumpolsory online training.

Beth Thompson
Samantha Ang
Christopher Chee-A-Tow
Thea Olalia
Steven Gates
Andrew Roncadin
Jordan Wiebe
Nhut (Nick) Tran
Kristian Centina
Connor Smith
Matt Robertson
Jonah Dabu


You should have been cued to do this when you obtained your CPU membership. Please visit the following link, read the page click on the link to the training and complete it. When done print off your Certificate and bring it with you to the Weigh Ins on Saturday morning.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

2017 BrickHouse Meet Summary

2017 BrickHouse Meet Summary

This will not be my formerly long and detailed commentary about the meet highlighting the battles and achievements made by every competitor. The nice problem I find myself facing since last year is that our meets in Manitoba are growing and there are 40 – 50 competitors coming out now which makes my former more intimate style of commenting too labour intensive. However, it will still be my primary objective to acknowledge the Volunteers that are helping to make the MPA events successful. So without further ado here we go… Continue reading 2017 BrickHouse Meet Summary

Brickhouse Entries Final List

Here is the final list for the entries to the 2017 Brickhouse Power Challenge next Saturday. As yet another reminder…..those athletes who have not completed the online CCES training you will NOT be able to compete unless you have done so and present your printed Certificate to the Referees at weigh ins with your CPU card and Photo ID.
Also, I noticed that some people who have entered are not CPU/MPA members. To quote the egg commercial, “Get Crackin”!! You can not lift if you are not a member.
Now the list: Continue reading Brickhouse Entries Final List

CCES Online training for all CPU/MPA members

Please read our CPU President’s post below. As you will see this is an expectation for all athletes going forward. Please take the time to click on the link and complete the online education.
Brock Haywood
MPA President

Canadian Powerlifting Union
January 15 at 2:21pm ·

CCES Online Education Completion Requirement

Dear Current, Renewing and Future Members of the CPU,

The growth, success and true national reach of the CPU can be directly linked to our core values. These values include our high and consistent officiating standards, the quality and organization of our meets, our excellent and expert volunteers and our stand against the use of performance enhancing drugs. These values accounts for the high quality of lifting in the CPU, the strength of our organization and the size and growth of our membership. These values are diligently maintained by the CPU Board and by your provincial associations to support you in your efforts as an athlete and as a member of this great community.

Strengthening our stand against the use of performance enhancing drugs, the CPU now participates in the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) and has fully adopted the WADA Code. Doing so allowed the CPU to take additional and very significant steps to protect the health and rights of our athletes.

The CPU is now asking all members to participate in the CADP in a very direct way.

To maintain membership in good standing and to register for future competitions, members are required to complete the CCES True Sport Clean online education module. Please go to and chose the English or Francais version, and complete the course.

At the time of online membership purchase, renewing, returning or new members will be directed to the CCES True Sport Clean online education module. They will be required to complete the course prior to their purchase being finalized and membership activated.

For athletes currently included in the CPU Whereabouts Program or listed on the CPU National Testing Pool who have previously completed the True Sport Clean online education module, no action is required. However, for those athletes yet to complete the course, completion deadline is February 1, 2017.

Should you have questions or concerns, please contact Chris Robb, Chair of the CPU Anti-Doping Committee at or me at

Best regards,
Mark Giffin, President

Canadian Powerlifting Union

Course Conductors for CPU Coaching Program

Below is a communication from Ryan Fowler the Chair of the CPU Coaching Committee. I am pasting it here and on the MPA website for information for anyone interested. Please be aware that regionally, Manitoba will only have one trainer to start with. I have the application which interested parties can e-mail me for.

Hello Provincial Presidents,

As you are aware, the CPU has been working on the development of the CPU Coaching Program and it is currently in its final stages of completion. A number of individuals from across the country have been involved in the editing and vetting of the document that was prepared and we are now moving in the second phase of development. The second phase will be focussed on selecting, training and educating the course conductors in each of the provinces in order to start delivering the program after the 2017 National.

It is our intention to run a small clinic (~3-4 hours) at the 2017 CPU National Championships for all selected course conductors so they are familiar with the processes, documentation and requirements of the program. Once this clinic is complete, we are anticipating that the program can start to be delivered.

The CPU is asking for your assistance in the process of selection of the appropriate course conductors in each of the provinces to help administer the program. The administration of the program is a remunerated position and we are wanting to build a National standardized program that is delivered by experienced members of the CPU that can use their knowledge on expertise in the sport to get the required information out to new coaches.

We have created a minimum standard for the individuals that we would like to select to represent the program and ask that you get nominations from your province for those that meet these standards and those that would be interested in becoming part of this exciting new program.

Please have any and all interested individuals fill out the application form attached below and send back to Ryan Fowler and Michael Souster. Email addresses are listed on the application form.

We look forward to building a great coaching program with the help from your province and leading coaching that can bring a wealth of personal knowledge and experience to those new powerlifting coaches in Canada.

Ryan Fowler / Michael Souster

In order to be an eligible candidate to become a course conductor, the following criteria must be met:

• Have a minimum of 5 years coaching experience in Powerlifting within the CPU;
• Have coached/developed athletes that have competed at the world championship level;
• Have excellent communication, presentation and listening skills;
• Have previous adult education experience;
• Be a respected member of the CPU powerlifting community
• Applications are due January 7, 2017.

The CPU Course Conductor will be responsible for delivery of the CPU Level 1 Coaching Course. There will be 3-4 hour training session at Nationals in 2017 in which the course conductors will be introduced to the Level 1 manual and training will happen around conducting the course. A time and date for this is still being worked on.

We are determining the number of course conductors Nationally. Some provinces may have more than one, some may have none based on lifter population. This means the course conductors will need to be available for a minimum of 3-4 courses per year. A course is going to run 2 days in length, so interested individuals need to be able to commit to that time availability. Moving forward, there will also be the potential to become an Evaluator which would mean more time spent evaluating trained coaches.

I hope that clears up some of the expectations.
Ryan Fowler

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