Dear Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association Members,
The 2022 Canadian Powerlifting Union (CPU) National Championships in St. John’s, Newfoundland is coming soon, and the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association (SPA) is presently seeking sponsors for the 2022 Provincial Team. Currently, the SPA receives no funding for its operations, and athletes are responsible for paying their own way to local, Provincial, National, and World Championships. Sponsorships help the team cover the cost of team apparel at CPU Nationals, and we are looking for gold, silver and bronze sponsorships to support the team.
This is also a reminder for athletes who wish to participate in the 2022 CPU National Championships must meet all of the qualifying requirements. These can be found at www.saskpowerlifting.ca under “Qualifying Standards.”
The SPA is happy to release the 2022 Competition Calendar. Please be aware that information will be added as details arise and that the calendar may be subject to change. For the duration of COVID-19, all sanctioned SPA meets will follow the IPF COVID Guidelines and should follow all current provincial and national health guidelines for COVID-19 regulations.
The 2022 CPU AGM will be held on February 19th, 2022. Any member who wishes to submit proposed changes to the CPU Constitution must do so by end of day Thursday, November 25th, 2021. Submissions can be emailed to Franki Nault at firstname.lastname@example.org
Resolutions must be submitted using the following format. Any resolutions not submitted with the correct format will not be considered for the AGM agenda.
Format Required for AGM constitutional change proposals:
Current Wording: Proposed Wording: Rationale:
The SPA Executive will review all proposals and submit approved proposals to the CPU by December 18th, 2021.
The entry form for the 2021 Last Chance Meet on December 10th-12th, 2021 is now open!
Please note: This meet will follow all provincial or national health guidelines for Covid-19 regulations. This means depending on current situation at the meet masks, proof of vaccination, and/or social distancing may be required. Updates on requirements will be sent to athletes ahead of time, if any lifter refuses to follow guidelines during the event they will be removed from the meet and not refunded.
Schedule will be determined after entry deadline. A detailed schedule of sessions will be sent to registered athletes after the entry deadline of November 6th, 2021. Please note: entries will be confirmed once payment is received.
With the departure of Ryan Fowler as President of the association and an election year for numerous executive positions, we are happy to present the current SPA Executive:
SPA President: Carolyn Tran SPA Vice President: Nathan Dorward (absent) Secretary: Franki Nault Treasurer: Nathan Dorward (absent) Technical Chairperson: Tanner LePage Records Chairperson: Daniel Heintz Registration Chairperson: Charlene Cossar Social Media Chairperson: Thomas Johnston Past SPA President (non-voting): Ryan Fowler
The SPA would like to offer its sincerest thank you to Ryan Fowler for his contribution to the sport over the past 16 years as SPA president:
In 2005 at Provincials in North Battleford I was voted in as the SPA President, and I have spent the last 16 years in that role, serving the membership of the province and working to grow this sport. I have seen our association go from a membership of 19 in 2005, to a membership of 264 in 2019 prior to Covid. I have watched Classic lifting come into full force while equipped lifting has seen a resurgence of interest. In that time, I have seen 53 local competitions, 16 Provincial Championships, 3 Western Canadian Championships, 2 National Championships, 1 North American Championship and 2 World Championships all hosted incredibly well by members of the SPA! I have watched as our lifters have achieved high levels of success at the International stage, being ready to lift on those platforms because of the work the SPA has done to provide the highest quality competitions for our athletes here at home.
I believe that the SPA is the leader in the country for powerlifting at multiple levels, and I know that every SPA executive member who I have had the opportunity to serve alongside has helped to shape what the SPA is and the leading association that we are. It is time to pass the torch, and allow the new executive to move the association forward in new and exciting ways. I want to sincerely thank everyone for the opportunity to serve in this capacity. I am so excited for the future of the SPA, continuing to grow and be a national leader for the sport!
It gives me great honour to present the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association’s Hall of Fame Inductee in the Builder Category for 2021. The recipient is a long-time and well-respected member of the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association, who has been fundamental in its evolution over the years. He resides in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and is the founder and sole principal member of Saskatoon Barbell.
Chris began competing with the SPA in 2007, back when lifting was only equipped. He was one of a very small handful of lifters competing out of Saskatoon and quickly became a staple at all SPA competitions around the province. Chris has competed at all levels of competition – locally and then representing Saskatchewan at numerous National Championships. He holds multiple provincial and national records, is a national champion and has also served as the Head Coach of Team Canada for the 2012 Classic Cup, which was the IPF’s inaugural Classic Championship.
Chris became the Vice-President of the SPA in 2012, serving the province in that capacity until 2020. Chris was a valued member of the SPA executive, spearheading numerous policy changes, negotiating the agreement with Special Olympics Saskatchewan and overseeing the development of the sport in Saskatoon and around the province. Chris’ leadership and guidance on the executive was invaluable, providing a voice of reason and sound thinking along the way. Chris not only led at the provincial level, but was also instrumental in policy development at the national level, leading the development of National Policies helping the CPU continue to grow and advance as a National organization. Chris was also a tireless advocate for both equipped and classic powerlifting, competing and coaching in both disciplines and advocating for both.
Chris has given back to the sport time and time again. His passion for the sport has been unwavering in and out of competition settings. In addition to the role of Vice-President of the SPA, he consistently and selflessly has volunteered beyond this role, spending numerous hours refereeing, spotting and loading. There are countless powerlifters in the province – novice to seasoned – who are grateful for his wisdom,
knowledge of lifting and the other limitless ways he offers support. If you have had the privilege of lifting beside Chris, you do not forget the presence and power he brings to the room. Most of all, you walk away a better powerlifter because of him.
For these reasons and with the utmost respect, it is my honour and pleasure to announce Chris Arnold as our 2021 Builder of the Year.
We are happy to announce that this year’s inductee into the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Association’s Hall of Fame is …. Rhaea Stinn.
Rhaea has been participating in powerlifting in Saskatchewan since 2002, when she was 14 years old. There have been many highlights over her career thus far. She is a multi time national champion, and has competed at three World Games events. She is a previous and current holder of several provincial, national, and world records in multiple age and weight classes. Rhaea currently holds the bench press world record and total world record in the 84kg weight class; and holds the world record in bench only in the 76kg and 84kg weight classes. Rhaea is one of the only people in the history of powerlifting to have claimed the World Champion title as a sub-junior, junior, and open lifter.
Beyond being a highly decorated athlete in the sport, she also gives back countless hours to the sport as a referee, volunteer, mentor, and meet director. We are very proud to have her as a member and representative of the sport in Saskatchewan. Please join us in congratulating Rhaea as this year’s inductee into the Saskatchewan Powerlifting Hall of Fame.