Powerlifters powering up for Power Challenge

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55 competitors are registered

Eight Amherst Powerlifting Club members will be lifting bar-bending weights Saturday at the Wandlyn Inn. Five of the members of the club (from left) Jeff Zambello, Nathan Robertson, Lucas Chapman (kneeling), Stan Wilban, and Matt Watson, are seen here at a competition in Maine. 

AMHERST – Thousands of pounds of heavy metal will soon be transported from the Amherst Powerlifting Club to the Wandlyn Inn in preparation for the 2013 Atlantic Canadian Pro/Amateur Power Challenge on Saturday.

“This will be the biggest event we’ve hosted,” said Trayci Metzger, event coordinator. “We have new equipment, a lot of prizes and a lot of sponsors.”

Fifty-five athletes are registered for the event, coming from as far away as the southern U.S. and Ontario.

Eight lifters from the Amherst Powerlifting Club are competing, including Paul Fury and his wife Cindy, and brothers Nic and Lucas Chapman. The event is a Canadian Powerlifting Federation qualifier for the Canadian team at the world championships.

“We’re hoping to break a lot of Canadian records,” said Metzger. “I’ve prepared 30 record attempt sheets for the day.”

Notable lifters attending the event are Dallas Hogan, a strongman from Ontario, and Grant Connors, a strongman from Kentville.

Connors is a seven-time Canada's strongest man, who does a 550-pound raw bench press

Also attending the event is Pete Rubish, a junior lifter from Wisconsin. Rubish has an 800-pound deadlift and 650-pound squat.

The club hosted the Armageddon competition in October, and every event they host is getting bigger.

The club will host another Armageddon competition in October, and then next June they will host the Nationals, which is a three-day competition. 

“Powerlifters have nowhere else to go right now,” said Metzger. “We’re the only ones hosting CPF competitions within the Maritimes.”

There are several different powerlifting federations but Metzger says the CPF uses more modern safety equipment.

“I think we’re attracting the younger crowd,” she said. “If it weren’t for us the closest they could compete is in Maine.”

Saturday’s Power Challenge begins at 10 a.m. at the Wandlyn Inn, and runs until about 7 p.m.

dmathieson@amherstdaily.com

 

 

Organizations: Amherst Powerlifting Club, Wandlyn Inn, Canadian Powerlifting Federation

Geographic location: Ontario, U.S., Kentville Canada Wisconsin Maine

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  • Brian George
    April 21, 2013 - 18:24

    This article started out great and then you ruin it with statements that are nonfactual and inappropriate. I am however not surprised. "Powerlifters have nowhere else to go right now"..Why would the newspaper even publish a statement like this without first doing research.I assure you that powerlifters do have someone else to go and our Federation supports "Fair Play" lifting. What is that; we drug test both in contest and out of contest. This allows us to fall under Health NS and Sport NS guidelines. Our drug testing is done with WADA following IOC guidelines. "Why do we get more lifters at our events than they do?" ..Your claim to have bigger events is once again nonfactual. Your Federation is the "Atlantic" CPF so you have lifters from all over Atlantic Canada and lifters from Ontario and the US. Nova Scotia Powerlifting Association competitions have a much larger Nova Scotia lifter database with lifters age ranging from 15 to 74. We have an ongoing relationship with NS Special Olympics who's lifters require CPU/IPF drug testing policies and rules so they can compete at Nationals and World Games. We also have a relationship with Corrections NS who require their lifters to compete in a Fed that supports Fair Play. What is most ironic about disrespecting our Federation is a member of the NSPL Executive volunteered his time to help out at this CPF meet. I have never seen a CPF member help out at any NSPL meet. In closing, I would like to extend an invitation to the Author of the article to attend the upcoming NSPL meet on May 25 at the Sackville Sports Stadium. You will get to see first hand our level of Professionalism and quality of our competition. Brian George NSPL VP

  • Nathan Robertson
    April 18, 2013 - 19:53

    Steve McPhee, It is true that an error was made in Grant's info, as it is ATLANTIC CANADA's Strongest man Grant has won, 7 times. "Powerlifters have nowhere else to go right now" is not a misleading statement. There are alot of people who do not wish to lift with the CPU due to their crazy rules and excessive politics, so the statement's true for many lifters, there is nowhere else to compete in Atlantic Canada as of now, and if the CPU has a larger lifter base in Nova Scotia, why do we get more lifters at our events than they do? I dont know where you get your monolift info, you have never even stepped in one, until you do, its just an opinion and everyone has one. If you'd like to discuss this further I'll be in the judges chair all day.

  • Nathan Robertson
    April 18, 2013 - 19:43

    Steve McPhee, It is true that an error was made in Grant's info, as it is ATLANTIC CANADA's Strongest man Grant has won, 7 times. "Powerlifters have nowhere else to go right now" is not a misleading statement. There are alot of people who do not wish to lift with the CPU due to their crazy rules and excessive politics, so the statement's true for many lifters, there is nowhere else to compete in Atlantic Canada as of now, and if the CPU has a larger lifter base in Nova Scotia, why do we get more lifters at our events than they do? I dont know where you get your monolift info, you have never even stepped in one, until you do, its just an opinion and everyone has one. If you'd like to discuss this further I'll be in the judges chair all day.

  • Nathan Robertson
    April 18, 2013 - 19:29

    Steve McPhee, It is true that an error was made in Grant's info, as it is ATLANTIC CANADA's Strongest man Grant has won, 7 times. "Powerlifters have nowhere else to go right now" is not a misleading statement. There are alot of people who do not wish to lift with the CPU due to their crazy rules and excessive politics, so the statement's true for many lifters, there is nowhere else to compete in Atlantic Canada as of now, and if the CPU has a larger lifter base in Nova Scotia, why do we get more lifters at our events than they do? I dont know where you get your monolift info, you have never even stepped in one, until you do, its just an opinion and everyone has one. If you'd like to discuss this further I'll be in the judges chair all day.

  • Steve McPhee
    April 18, 2013 - 08:16

    This sounds like a great event and a big cudos for Atlantic Canada. I am curious however where some of the facts were researched from. Grant Connors has never won Canada's Strongest man once yet alone 5 times. He hasn't ,in fact, ever placed top 5. Another fact that is misleading is saying "Powerlifters have nowhere else to go right now"; There is another powerlifting federation in Nova Scotia that has been around alot longer than the CPF and has a lifter database that is quite larger. One last point is saying "the CPF uses more modern safety equipment"; a Monolift is not considered traditional equipment and has in no way been proven to prevent injuries. A great article but I'd highly suggest in the future more research be done to ensure Facts are posted. Good luck to the lifters and I look forward to covering this event and taking some great action shots. Steve