As an organized sport in Manitoba, powerlifting is relatively young when compared
to the lifetime of established sports such as Hockey, Curling, Baseball, Football,
and track and field. Originally, powerlifting was contested between gym combatants
who were judged by their cronies using a loose set of rules. The majority of these
competitions were held insmall . old, dimly lit gyms. There was also a wide variety
of lifts that that were juried depending upon the mood of the lifters at that
particular time. These lifts included the Bench Press, Back Squat, Deadlift, Front
Squat, Military Press, Barbell Curl, Power Clean, or any other agreed upon movement.
The first offical documented Manitoba contest using the three basic powerlifting
movements took place in July 1967, at the central YMCA. this event marks the beginning
of the first era of powerlifting in Manitoba, which emcompases the years 1967-1975.
The Manitoba Powerlifting Association was formed to preside over the sport in
official capacity. The MPA hosted one annual provincial competition which followed
a standard set of rules. The MPA had an elected executive, along with an appointed
set of officials. However, the MPA at this juncture wasn't incorporated as an organization.
nor did powerlifting have any status as an official sport in the province. The MPA
also wasn't affiliated with any governing body connected with powerlifting outside the
province. The MPA did enjoy some relative success during this period. Eventually a
combination of poor lifter turnout at the annual meet, along with a shortage of funds
led to the dissolving of the MPA at the end of 1975.
The years 1976 thru 1979 are considered the dark ages of powerlifting in Manitoba.
There are no official competitions or governing body associated with the sport during
this period. No records were kept on lifters performances at local or out of
province meets. This meant that Manitoba lifters were not recognized for their
accomplishmentsat a Provincial, National, or International level. It wasn't until
October of 1979, that a new group of powerlifters organized themselves under the said
title of the Manitoba Powerlifting Association.
This second formation of the MPA then hosted Manitoba's first provincial competition
in 4 1/2 years, Murdoch McKay Collegiate in January 1980. The overwhelming success
of this competition combined with an aggreessive and promissing new executive opened
the door for the future of the newly formed and ressurected MPA. From that point on
powerlifting in Manitoba has grown in membership, recogintion, credibilty, and
viability. Since 1980, the MPA has been incorporated as a business as well as having
been recognized as an official sport in the provinve. We are full members of
The Manitoba Sports Federation and The Manitoba Sports Directorate.
We are members of the Canadian Powerlifting Union(CPU)
and the International Powerlifting Federation(IPF). The MPA has been the host of several
national competitions, and has in its membership many national and international
level competitors, coaches, and officials. The MPA has a provincial training facility
(Olympik Gym) which also serves as the nerve center for the MPA. Olympik Gym is also
used for the coaching and training of our Special Olympians.
Yes the MPA and powerlifting in Manitoba has come along way since its initial birth.
One of the purposes of this background on the MPA is to give new and old members an
brief overview of what the MPA has accomplished and hopefully serve as a motivational
tool in attracting new members and/or resurrecting some of old members back into the
sport. I have included a list of the MPA executive since 1979. A history of important
MPA dates and events. A list of national and international level competitors. The
results of the first official MPA sanctioned competition from July, 1967. A list
of provincial records dated December 1975 which documents the lifting accomplishments
of the 1967-75 era of the MPA. A list of the current MPA provincial records. The top 100
modern day MPA Male performances. And finally, a list of all the MPA hosted competitions.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank all past and present members of the
association as well as all the volunteers who have helped make the sport of powerlifting
grow and prosper at such a high level in Manitoba.
*PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT THE INFORMATION INCLUDED ON THIS PAGE HAS BEEN PIECED TOGETHER
FROM A WIDE VARIETY OF SOURCES DATING BACK 30 YEARS IN SOME INSTANCE. KEEPING THIS IN
MIND THE MPA WISHES TO APOLOGIZE FOR ANY ERRORS OR OMISSIONS THAT MAY HAVE RESULTED IN
OUR DOCUMENTATION OF EVENTS, DATES, PLACES, PEOPLE OR RESULTS. THE MPA ALSO WOULD LIKE
TO EXTEND AN INVITATION OUT TO ANY PERSON(s) WHO MAY BE IN POSSESSION OF INFORMATION
TO THE CONTRARY OR IN ADDITION TO WHAT HAS BEEN PRESENTED HERE. PLEASE CONTACT ANY
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