Dear BCPA members,
As it has always been the top priority of the BCPA to bring the highest quality of our events to our membership, it has also been a priority to leave our lifters with an enjoyable experience following a competition. With the high level of lifters in BC, it has become difficult to keep up with the increased amount of qualified lifters competing at our Provincial Championships and making sure that our events do not run into the late evening. In order to avoid our Provincial Championships from exceeding more than two days, the BCPA Board will be implementing the following change effective January 1, 2019.
The BCPA will host the Men’s Provincial and Bench Press Championships on June 22-23. This will include Sub-Junior, Junior, Open, and all Master Men, and the Bench Press Only for both men and women.
In the same year, the BCPA will host the Women’s Provincial Championships in the Fall in conjunction with the Vancity Showdown or Fall Classic on October 12, 2019. This event will include Sub-Junior, Junior, Open and all Master Women on one day of competition and the second day of competition will be open to all other lifters (men and women) wishing to compete.
Qualifying standards will still apply for all competitors who wish to compete at their respective Provincial Championships.
In normal circumstances, any lifter who wishes to compete at a regional event and has never done so before, will need to do the following:
– compete at a BCPA/CPU event to attain a Provincial qualifying total;
– compete at the BCPA Provincial Championships in the 24 months prior to the regional event; and
– attain a regional qualifying total 24 months prior to the regional event.
Since the date for the 2019 Western Championships will be set before the BCPA Women’s Provincials, the Board will make an exception in 2019 only, that for any female lifters wishing to compete at the 2019 Westerns and have never competed at a Regional or National Championships, they will be required to:
– compete in at least two IPF sanctioned competitions in the past;
– attain a regional qualifying total 24 months prior to the regional event; and
– have competed at the BCPA Provincial Championships in 2018 OR volunteer at the Men’s Provincial Championships in June 2019
For any athlete who has competed at a Regional or National Championships and chooses to not compete in their respective championships and wishes to compete at the 2020 CPU National Championships, they will be required to volunteer at either the Men’s Provincial Championships in June 2019 or at the Women’s Provincial Championships in the October of 2019. In extenuating circumstances, members may apply in writing to the Board of Directors before the date of their Provincial Championships for an exemption to the requirement to attend at Provincials, with supporting documents and/or explanation as to why they are not able to attend. The Board of Directors may grant or withhold such an exemption in its sole discretion.
We feel that with this change in our Provincials, we will be able to accommodate all of our athletes without having to run the competition too long in a day.
If anyone has any questions regarding this change, please feel free to the BCPA executive.