MPA President’s Update from CPU AGM

MPA President’s Update from CPU AGM

I will make every attempt to just feature the highlights as all of this information is available on the CPU website for any member to review at their leisure. Below are some of the items that I feel may directly affect our MPA members.

• To all of the MPA lifters who recently competed at the Nationals – some of you will have qualified for international competition. Please pay close attention to the requirements for the International events you may be interested in.

From the CPU President’s Report at the AGM
• Toronto Pro Show – there are 25 spots open for CPU competitors details will be on the OPA and CPU websites. This show is similar in nature to the Arnolds and may receive an IPF sanction in the future from the NAPF (North American Powerlifting Federation).
• SBD Athlete Sponsorship – Effective March 1st SPD will sponsor members of Team Canada competing in the Open Category at the 2016 Classic Worlds. Athletes at this meet receive a full SBD lifting kit.
o Also, Classic Open Team Canada athletes who medal at the 2016 Classic Worlds are eligible for performance awards as follows:
 1st place: 1250 GBP (Great Britain Pounds)
 2nd place: 500 GBP
 3rd place: 250 GBP
 Best Lifter, 1st place: 1250 GBP
 Best Lifter, 2nd place: 500 GBP
 Best Lifter, 3rd place: 250 GBP
• Adoption of the CAPD and WADA Code in 2016. This will be managed by the CCES.
o Note: The three tests conducted at the Brickhouse Power Challenge were all negative i.e. passed!! Congratulations to those individuals!
• 1st University Powerlifting World Cup

AGM highlights

• National Referee candidates may be certified at Regional Championships if they meet the stated conditions
• A new officer position was added to the CPU Executive – Championship Secretary. This is a huge job that requires many hours of work for our International teams.
• All of the CPU officers will receive yearly stipends for their efforts.
• There is now another Regional Championship the Central Canadian Powerlifting Championships. This will cover Ontario and Quebec. However, any CPU member can lift at any Regional Championship and all new lifters who have achieved a qualifying total for Nationals in 2017 are required to lift at one of the Regional Championships this year. If they do not, they will not be approved to lift at Nationals
• There is now a minimum qualifying Wilks that all Open level classic competitors will need to achieve in order to be considered for the National team at International events. Note: this rule presently will only apply to Open Classic competitors.
o International A Team Open Female Classic – 390 Wilks
o International A Team Open Male Classic – 440 Wilks
o International B Team Open Female Classic – 350 Wilks
o International B Team Open Male Classic – 400 Wilks (The full rule can be found on the CPU website section 17 of the Constitution.
• As things were at this year’s Nationals you will only be able to have two coaches backstage with you at the Regional or National Championships.

• The 2016 Western Canadian Powerlifting Championships will be on August 19 – 21, 2016. The venue will be at the Tournament Capital Centre in Kamloops BC. Host hotel will be the Hampton Inn by Hilton Kamloops located at 1245 Rogers Way Kamloops.

• 2016 Eastern Canadian Powerlifting Championships will be on September 16 – 17, 2016 in St. John’s NL. The venue and meet hotel will be the Comfort Inn Airport 106 Airport Rd. St. John’s NL.

• 2017 CPU National Powerlifting Championships was determined last year and will be in Saguenay QC. (See CPU website for details)

• 2018 CPU National Powerlifting Championships was awarded to Calgary AB. and will be in the Grey Eagle Resort & Casino which is the same venue where the 2018 IPF Classic Worlds will be hosted.

• The CPU has partnered with Peak Power Sport Development to deliver a coaching certification program for the CPU. Details of this will be shared and released on the CPU website.

For the specifics of the particular sections of the CPU constitution that were changed at this year’s AGM please visit the CPU website and read through the changes if you are interested.

The MPA sent a record number of lifters to this year’s CPU Nationals in Regina. The SPA and the organizing committee did a phenomenal job of hosting this event and raised the bar for the rest of the country. For those of you who attended this year as your first Nationals you were treated to a world class event. Here is a list of our MPA lifters and how they did;

Krista Vandewaeter F-O 84 Equipped Bench – Gold
Rob Snow M-M1 120+ Equipped Bench – Gold
CJ Stewart F-O-U 52 Powerlifting – 4th
Jannelle Van Den Bosch F-O-U 57 Powerlifting – 13th
Jocelyn Blake F-O-U 84 Powerlifting – Bronze
Hailey Kostynuik F-O-U 84+ Powerlifting – Gold
Lexie Elias F-O-U 84+ Powerlifting – 8th
Janet Loesel Sitar F-M1-U 72 Powerlifting – 4th
Susan Haywood F-M3 84+ Equipped Powerlifting – DNF
Mikal Thrones M-J-U 83 Powerlifting – DNF
Scott Downs M-J-U 93 Powerlifting – 5th
Nicholas Thrones M-J-U 93 Powerlifting – 11th
Kurtis Tallaire M-J-U 93 Powerlifting – 13th
Ryan Kolesar M-O-U 66 Powerlifting – 4th
Mathew Bowen M-O-U 83 Powerlifting – 8th
Shawn McCarthy M-O-U 83 Powerlifting – 11th
Travis Mattice M-O-U 105 Powerlifting – 4th
Taylor Abolade M-O-U 105 Powerlifting – 8th
Tyler MacInnis M-O-U 120 Powerlifting – 6th
Vince Green M-M1-U 105 Powerlifting – Bronze
Rob Snow M-M1-U 120+ Powerlifting – Gold

20 Competitors lifted 21 times earning 4 Gold medals and 2 Bronze and four 4th place finishes. Some of our lifters were fighting off the flu yet they still lifted. I know some Manitoba records were broken. Hailey wowed everyone by squatting another unofficial World record, destroying her competition by totalling an incredible 102.5kg more than the second place finisher. I hope you go to Texas for the Classic Worlds.

Our next event is filling up in Brandon. This will be our first time hosting an MPA meet in Brandon so come on out to lift, watch or more importantly volunteer. See you on the wood.

Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

2016 Brickhouse Power Challenge Meet Report

2016 Brickhouse Power Challenge
Meet Report

This was the first time we have held a meet at Brickhouse Gym’s new facility on Route 90 here in Winnipeg. Paul Taylor and his staff did a wonderful job of setting the gym up for a day of Powerlifting. For this first meet of the year here in Manitoba we had 12 competitors and 9 of them were first time lifters!! We had an excellent turn out of volunteers for this meet and as is my custom I would like to list them first before getting into the details of the meet.

Rob Snow made himself available for a couple of Paul’s helpers when the equipment was picked up from the 17 Wing. He also assisted in getting the platform set up on Friday night so everything was just so.

On meet day Rob Snow, Krista Vandewaeter and Susan Haywood handled the officiating duties. Rob and Krista are Provincial level Referees with Rob studying up to take his National Referee test in Regina next week and Krista recently becoming a Provincial Referee. At the Head Table was yours truly running the scoresheet and announcing. I received very competent assistance from a new recruit courtesy of Bruce Markham from Gaby Valmont. Bruce had been helping Gaby and her boyfriend John Percy (who worked his buns off spotting on Saturday) with their training at the gym. He convinced them to come and see what a meet was like. Gaby handled the Lifter’s Cards and attempts and did very well.

On the platform we had Colby Falk, John Percy, Rob Waller, Jarrette Beck, Shawn McCarthy, Ryan Kolesar and Mathew Bowen as Platform General. These gentlemen worked very hard to ensure the bars were loaded properly and the lifters were kept safe while pushing themselves to the limit. I do not believe there was a misload during the event which is always an excellent indication that the team is working well. A HUGE thank you to these gentlemen for a job well done. I believe that Shawn, Ryan and Mathew are lifting at Nationals next week, which to me makes their effort a very special one indeed. Thank you from the MPA Executive!

Margo Morberg Berry who happens to train with Paul at Brickhouse decided to test herself at this meet. Margo is a Masters I lifter as well which makes this all the more impressive. To start your competitive lifting career in your fourties is quite a testament to your grit and determination. Margo lifted quite well managing an 8/9 day only missing her second squat which she was successful with on her third attempt with 80kg, Bench was good for 50kg and a 120kg Deadlift for a 250kg total and first place in the Female M1 72kg weight class.

Kristine MacLean and Johanna Theroux were able to go toe to toe in the Female Open 72kg class. Both ladies went 3/3 in the squat with Kristine ahead with a new Provincial Record Squat of 115kg to Johanna’s 90kg squat. The Benchpress showed a change in fortunes as Kristine really was struggling with her technique or signals as she missed her first at 52.5kg, her second at 62.5kg and then needing it for the third we got the crowd behind her and she made the second try at 62.5 look easy to stay in the meet. Johanna was obviously waiting for the Bench to showcase her skills as she too broke the Provincial Record with a 70kg first attempt and a 75kkg second try. Her third at 80kg proved to be just a little too much but she is the new Provincial Record holder for Benchpress in this class. Both ladies were successful with all three of their deadlifts. Kristine opened up 2.5kg heavier than Johanna with 112.5kg. Johanna wanted to make a move on the 15kg deficit she had and jumped to 125kg. Kristine was able to keep pace with 120 only losing 5kg of her cushion. For third attempts Johanna took a 7.5kg jump to 132.5 and Kristine was unaware that her coach CJ Stewart and Bruce Markham conspired to boost her total by going up 10kg to 130kg which she did with ease. When the dust settled Kristine was the winner with a 307.5kg total and a 312.5 Wilks Coefficient to secure the class and Best Female Lifter Award. Johanna too pulled her third at 132.5 for a very respectable 297.5kg total and almost breaking the 300 Wilks barrier in her first meet. Nice lifting ladies!

Alyssa Amanda Burg who also trains at Brickhouse seemed to have healed from her back injury from late last year. Alyssa (or Amanda is you are a friend in the crowd) was fresh off of a first place finish in the Benchpress at the Western Canadian Powerlifting Championships last December in Moose Jaw. Alyssa was up against Jessica Antony who had decided to lift at the Westerns too as her first meet. The squats were completed without issue as Alyssa finished with 117.5kg for the lead to Jessica’s 85kg. The Benchpress saw both ladies getting two of three lifts and both missing the same weight of 62.5kg. However, Alyssa missed this on her first attempt and Jessica missed it on her third. There was a 10kg separation in the bench with Alyssa finshing with 67.5 and Jessica with 57.5kg. This gave Alyssa a commanding 42.5kg lead at the sub total. Deadlifts went well for Jessica who completed all three attempts finishing with 122.5 and a 265kg total! Alyssa pulled 147.5 and 152.5 on her second but stalled out with 157.5. She totalled 337.5kg and was close to a 300Wilks for First Place in the Female Open 84+ weight class.

Chad Walls came out to try his hand at competitive Powerlifting and was the lone individual at the Men’s Open 74kg weight category. Chad was quite conservative with his opening attempts as you will see. Chad opened with 75kg in the squat and then made two 25kg jumps to finish with 125. A similar pattern followed in the Bench and Deadlift as Chad opened with a 65kg bench, jumped 30kg this time to 95kg and finished with 102.5. There was a 60kg differential between the opener of 100kg and the third of 160kg. Overall Chad did very well and totalled 387.5kg. I think we shall see some bigger numbers next time now the first meet jitters are out of the way.

Dan Collette was the also by himself in the Men’s Open 83kg weight class. Dan lifted well only missing his thirds on Squat and Bench. Dan finished with a 150kg squat, 112.5kg bench and he was able to enter the 400lb Deadlift club by pulling 182.5 for a max effort on the third pull. This gave Dan a 445kg total and a 304 Wilks.

The two strongest lifters at this contest were both in the 93kg weight class. But, Olimar Gutierrez was lifting as a Junior and Oladele Akano was lifting in the Open category. Olimar proved that he had put in the work as he did not miss a lift going 9/9 at his first competition. Olimar Squatted 200kg and then put on a Bench Clinic as he pressed 175kg on his third. So now after squatting over 400lbs and pressing almost 400lbs Olimar was able to pull 227.5kg or 501lbs to tick off that box and total a very respectable 602.5kg total and a 389.9 Wilks at his first meet!! I hope that Olimar continues with his training as the future is looking good for him.

Oladele returned almost a year after his first foray into the sport last February to put together a 9/9 day as well. Oladele squatted 220kg, benched 167.5 and pulled a very impressive beltless 275kg deadlift for a 662.5kg total and a 417.9 Wilks!! Oladele pointed out to me that he felt he had not done too bad last year as he finished second to the eventual National Champion Dan Lamoureux at his first meet. What he also did was to increase his total by 45kg in a year which is very good progress indeed. Oladele took home the Best Lifter Award with his 417 Coefficient.

Dominic Picard was another Junior who just happened to get his picture in the Free Press this Saturday by Trevor Hagan. You see, we had a photographer snapping all sorts of pics of the lifting for a photo collage and Dominic’s determined squat look made the cut. Dominic was lifting in the Men’s 105kg Junior class. He had some challenges in the squat as he missed the first and third squats but was able to get his second at 205kg. The Benchpress went a little better with a best of 137.5kg on the second and a miss at 140. Deadlifts were clear sailing for Dominic as he steadily built on his total managing to finish with 220kg and a 562.5kg total!

Mark Colley seemed to have the largest fan contingent in the crowd. They were vocal, loud awnd all Team Colley! Mark was lifting by himself in the Men’s 120kg class. The squat proved to be a challenge as Mark needed all three tries to be successful with 190kg. He then reversed his travails by benching a solid 1475kg for his opener and then struggling with 157.5 on the next two attempts. It was just too much on this day. The nerves seemed to be settled by the time Deadlifts started as Mark went 3/3 with 212.5, 232.5 and 237.5 for a 575 total! Nicely done Mark and cheering section!

Daniil Naumov was the only man in the Open 120+ category. He put together a 6/9 day and also had his picture in today’s paper. Daniil managed a 190 squat missing 205 on his third. Benchpress proved to be a challenge as Daniil was good for his opener at 120kg but could not press out 130 in the next two attempts. Again though Daniil provided me with the only example of a Sumo Deadlifter as he pulled all three attempts finishing with 200kg and a 510 total.

We were fortunate enough to have the CCES attend the event and do some in meet testing as part of the CPU Doping Program. This is a very important aspect of our sport as the MPA is the Provincial representative of the Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) which is the National representative of the International Powerlifting Federation (IPF). The IPF is the “Gold Standard” of Powerlifting around the world for the consistency of our officials and the fact that the IPF affiliates all follow the WADA Doping Control standards which are identical to the Olympics.

Hats off to Paul Taylor Co-Owner of Brickhouse Gym for hosting this event in his fine new facility. Thank you to the volunteers, the lifters and the spectators which made this event a very well run and fun event for all. Our Vice President Bruce Markham payed the spotters and loaders a very high compliment by mentioning that they were well organized, quick and professional during this event. Thank you all as the meet could not happen without your efforts and continued support.

Our next event will be in Brandon at the 2014 Embark Open. The Entry Form is on the internet both on the CPU website and the MPA website and Facebook Page. We will see you all again on April 2nd in Brandon. Be sure to watch the 22 MPA lifters as they step onto the National platform at the 2016 CPU National Powerlifting Championships from February 15 – 20th in Regna Saskatchewan. I’ll see you on the wood!

Yours in strength,
Brock Haywood
MPA President
IPF Category I Referee

Info re Drug Testing in the CPU

I’ve copied this from the CPU Forum so the information is available to everyone.


Hi Everyone,

With the New Year started, I thought it would be helpful to give everyone a general overview of the CPU Anti-Doping Programs. I’ve copied the general information below, which is available on the Anti-Doping page of the CPU Website.

Good luck with training, it will be another exciting year to be sure.


Chris Robb, Chair
CPU Anti-Doping Committee


1. All CPU members are subject to In-Competition and Out-Of-Competition urine testing as a condition of membership.

2. All members are expected to comply with the testing Program and CCES Doping Control Officers as a condition of membership. A failure to comply could result in a sanction.

3. CPU Anti-Doping Bylaws can be found on the CPU website at – IPF Anti-Doping Rules at … evised.pdf also, the CPU follows guidelines of the Canadian Anti-Doping Program (CADP) which can be viewed on the CCES website at and 4. A link to the Current WADA Prohibited Substance List can be found on the CPU website under ‘Doping Control’, and also on the World Anti-Doping Agency website at

5. Under the World Anti-Doping Code, athletes are responsible for any prohibited substance that may be found in their sample; this is known as strict liability.

6. Members in the CPU Out-Of-Competition Testing Pool are eligible for testing up to 18 months after membership expiry in accordance with the Canadian Anti-Doping Program

6. If athletes are unsure or want to know the status of a given substance, they are encouraged to contact CCES at, or call toll-free from anywhere in North America at 1-800-672-7775.

7. In addition, athletes can search the status of substances using the ‘Global DRO’ website at which can assist in learning if a substance is prohibited.

Should anyone have any questions regarding the Program, feel free to direct them to Chris Robb and the Anti-Doping Committee at

Records Update

Susan Haywood was the lone Manitoba competitor that made the journey to the 2015 Commonwealth Powerlifting Championships in Vancouver BC from December 1 – 6, 2015. Susan was making an attempt at some Canadian Records but fell short on the day. She did however achieve Gold in the Squat, Benchpress, Deadlift and Total in her age group and weight class and set some Manitoba records in the process. The Equipped records were updated accordingly.


Nationals Registration info

Hello powerlifters!

The 2016 National Championship in Regina, February 15-20, 2016, is only 4 months away!

This year, all entries will only be accepted through an online registration process, with payment possible through etransfer or mailing a cheque.The link to the Information webpage for the Championship, as well as the link for the registration form, is available at:

We would encourage you to get your entries in, book your hotel and begin to look at flights! The deadline for entries is December 31, 2015, earlier than ever before due to the date change of the National Championships. We are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Regina for what we believe will be a world class championship.

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact either Ryan and we will gladly answer any questions.

Looking forward to seeing everyone in February,

Ryan Stinn and Ryan Fowler

All MPA lifters please note the above. Your application will still need to be approved by the MPA President so please check with me if you have questions. Brock

Records Update Info

I have just completed reviewing the MPA Record books to see what the lifters accomplished at the 17 Wing Meet. Here is the tally:

36 – Unequipped Records broken
27 – Equipped Records broken
17 – Benchpress Records broken
80 – Total Records broken at this meet. The quality of lifting is impressive as the Equipped Records were exceeded by Unequipped lifters!!

Here are some of the notable record breaking performances:

Ben Langley broke Marc Filiba’s 14 year old Equipped Record and equaled Dwayne Feakes 25 yr old Equipped Provincial Standard total of 607.5kg.

Ryan Green exceeded a 22 year old Equipped Bench Provincial Standard set by Rick Dawes.

Janet Loesel Sitar broke an 8yr old Equipped Provincial Standard in the 72kg M1 Women’s class.

Of course, I cannot fail to mention Hailey Kostynuik who exceeded all of her previous Junior and Open Woman’s Records in the Unequipped and Equipped categories.

Congratulations to all of the lifters for their efforts whether a record has fallen or not. As long as you compete and strive to make yourself better you all are winners.

Brock Haywood

CPU Scholarship Opportunity

The CPU will be offering five $250 scholarships applicable to the academic year commencing in September 2015. To be eligible, applicants must be CPU members in good standing and must be either entering their first year of post-secondary education in a full-time post-secondary program at an educational institution or enrolled in a full-time post-secondary program at an educational institution. Eligibility requirements and details of the program can be found on the CPU main website at the following link (it can be found using the drop down menu under Organization on the main CPU page) and the CPU Facebook page.

As per the Vice President Director of Programs of the CPU Sandro D’Angelo


Flights are Set for the Portage Strength Classic

Flight Name Team Division
A Samantha McFarlane MB F-O-U
A CJ Stewart MB F-O-U
A Kristi Aiello MB F-O-U
A Lexie Elias MB F-O-U
A Hailey Kostynuik MB F-J-U
A Kelcey MacGillivray MB F-O-U
A Krista Vandewaeter MB F-O-U
A Jocelyn Blake MB F-O-U
A Alyssa Amanda Burg MB F-O-U

B Spencer Briercliffe MB M-J-U
B Nhan Nguyen MB M-O-U
B Kris Guevarra MB M-O-U
B Henry de Guzman MB M-J-U
B Scott Downs MB M-J-U
B Casey Paul MB M-O-U
B Jarett Myskiw MB M-O-U
B Dereck Ilarde MB M-O-U
B Trent Monk MB M-J-U
B Mac Cuevas MB M-O-U
B Brennan McIntyre MB M-O

C Abraham Van Der Breggen MB M-O-U
C Chris Godin MB M-O-U
C Trevor Winfield MB M-M1-U
C Colby Falk MB M-J-U
C Andrew Langelaar MB M-SJ-U
C Marshall Sonnenberg MB M-J-U
C Mathew Sedor MB M-O-U
C Travis Mattice MB M-O-U
C Vince Green MB M-M1-U
C Rob Snow MB M-M1-U
C Taylor Abolade MB M-J-U

I’ve split it up into three flights as we have 32 competitors. Two individuals are doing the Benchpress Single lift event so Flights B & C will be one person smaller for squats and deads. See everyone next Saturday!


Portage Strength Classic Entries

Here are the entries that I have received to this point. We are at 19 Competitors with one individual entering the Benchpress Single Lift Competition and 18 in the Powerlifting.

Alyssa Amanda Burg MB F-O-U 84.0
Lexie Elias MB F-O-U 84.1
Mathew Sedor MB M-O-U 120.0
Vince Green MB M-M1-U 105.0
Marshall Sonnenberg MB M-J-U 105.0
Spencer Briercliffe MB M-J-U 66.0
Krista Vandewaeter MB F-O-U 84.0
Henry de Guzman MB M-J-U 83.0
Dereck Ilarde MB M-O-U 66.0
Casey Paul MB M-O-U 83.0
Jocelyn Blake MB F-O-U 84.0
Kristi Aiello MB F-O-U 84.1
Andrew Langelaar MB M-SJ-U 120.0
Jarett Myskiw MB M-O-U 74.0
Kris Guevarra MB M-O-U 83.0
Mac Cuevas MB M-O-U 66.0
Colby Falk MB M-J-U 105.0
Travis Mattice MB M-O-U 105.0
Rob Snow MB M-M1-U 121.0

The entry deadline is two weeks away so I’m sure there will be more entries. If you are a lifter who is not competing this time around please come out to volunteer as this makes for a smoother running meet. Travis has recruited some local volunteers all help will be appreciated.


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