Post 3 – October 17, 2017
The OPA Executive has proved a joy to work with and has shown a level of loyalty to the Ontario membership that is second to none. I want to thank everyone for allowing me the privilege of representing the Province that has given me so much over the years. I will not be seeking re-election.
This year is an election year. All positions are open for nominations. I am urging members to attend the AGM and cast your vote. The OPA needs a strong leadership. An Executive that has the best interests of their Provincial membership first.
All members should take note concerning the CPU Coaching Program. Recently in Toronto we had a meeting with the OPA Executive, the CPU Board and a member of the Ethics Committee. At this meeting the CPU accepted that there is a conflict of interest with the Coaching Program. The Coaching Program as it stood, is against the Canadian Not For Profits Act. Voting members who are course facilitators will no longer be able to debate or vote on this program. The CPU has also stated that the Coaching Program will not be mandatory at this time.
The OPA membership has increased from 255 in 2010 and today stands at 1205. Ontario is almost 40% of the CPU total membership. The growth has brought many positives as well as attracted numerous talented and enthusiastic people into the sport. The standard of lifting, both men and women continues to amaze me. Somewhere amongst all this talent may lie a new Bill Jamison, Jerry Marentette, or Dave Hoffman. Someone who is ready to take the sport forward for all the right reasons.
Last year Ontario ran as many contests as the rest of the country combined. The OPA infrastructure of referees, volunteers and meet directors continue to grow in a sensible manner. Your OPA Executive has worked diligently to improve how the OPA functions and has made many advances as this growth continues. This is the only way to retain the excellent standards that have always been expected of Ontario Powerlifting.
In the Classic division at Nationals in Quebec this year, Ontario represented 44% of the lifters competing. Some weight classes had up to eight Ontario lifters competing at the same time against each other. This shows the wonderful comradery that exists in Ontario Powerlifting where training partners and family members can step forward to handle these lifters during competitions in our Province. This also shows how vitally important Ontario is to the success of the CPU.
I encourage you to make your voices heard at this year’s AGM.
Ontario Powerlifting President
Post 2 – June 9, 2017
In this PDF you will find details of the CPU coaching program.
As OPA President, I feel that it is my duty to get the views of the membership for such an important decision that will affect the future of our sport. The OPA Executive unanimously agrees and has serious concerns regarding how this program has been designed, implemented and the financial gains to be had by a select few.
The OPA is also in unanimous agreement that anyone from the CPU Executive and All ProvincialPresident’s should not be allowed to make any financial gains by this program as we believe that this is a conflict of interest.
Ontario only has one vote at National level yet we are just under 40% of the CPU membership so the views of this Province are vitally important. Make your voice heard.
The coaching course costs just under $400. The money from this goes to:
1. The person who developed the course
2. The CPU
3. The course facilitators
Because of the volume of the OPA membership I am unable to get into personal emailing but I would like to know if members are in favour of this program. Please respect all parties and this is a crucial decision. All we require is your for or against.
I would like to stress that only Ontario members give feedback as I have contacted each Provincial President on Sunday and urged them to get the feedback from their membership.
I have twice emailed the CPU Executive requesting this information which will give the OPA membership a much clearer view of the intentions of the CPU how many of our members will be affected.
The OPA continues to be an advocate of the lifter’s best interest.
Post 1 – November 20, 2016
One Minute Timer Clock
A lifter has the right to use up the one minute allowed if they wish to.
The one minute allowance was designed when all powerlifting was equipped. This was to allow the wrapping of knees, pulling up suit straps, adjusting the bench shirts etc.
With an averaged of ten lifters in a flight, or approximately ten minutes between attempts coupled with the fact that virtually all lifting is classic, then there is no reason why a lifter cannot be ready to walk onto the platform as soon as the announcer calls “The bar is loaded”.
On average a lifter can normally get the Start or Squat command within 20 seconds unless they must re rack the bar for some reason. Still, we have lifters that choose to use up the full one minute allowed, in fact at the Provincials last week we had a lifter who timed out on his attempt.
A few facts and figures: (In a contest with 60 lifters)
- 9 Attempts each or 540 attempts in total
- If each lifter got to the bar 10 seconds earlier the time saved on the day would be
10 seconds x 540 attempts which would equal 1 ½ hours off the day
Benefits to be had if we all were ready:
- The meet director and the army of volunteers could finish 1 ½ hours earlier
- The less dead time that we can create, the more interesting it is for the spectator
- The lifters do not have to hang around an extra 1 ½ hours for their awards and can be driving home
Just my thoughts as a lifter and meet director.