Dundas Valley Power, Ontario’s newest powerlifting team, took top honours at Saturday’s 11th Niagara Powerlifting Open in St. Catharines.
Frances Manias of Dundas, Linda McFeeters of Binbrook, Joanna Rieber of Ancaster and Kendra Fleck of Millgrove competed in the three-lift event and their combined efforts won them best team for the day.
Powerlifting athletes compete in three lifts — squat, bench press and deadlift. After three attempts of each lift, the athlete with the highest cumulative total weight lifted is determined the winner. Powerlifting athletes compete in a number of sanctioned International Powerlifting Federation (IPF) events, including various world championships and the quadrennial World Games.
Both Manias and McFeeters have competed at the national level, and both are qualified to head back to the 2014 Nationals. With McFeeters garnering a personal best deadlift of 292 pounds at the meet, she earned her qualifying total and her berth for the Canadian championships in March. Manias, who also coaches the team, took first in both the women’s 63 kilogram category and was the best female lifter in the Master I (40-49 years) class.
Rieber qualified for the national level competition earlier this year. She used this meet as a tune up, and took first place in the women’s open 52-kilogram class.
Fleck, competing in her first powerlifting contest, had a solid meet and gained valuable platform experience. She earned second place in the women’s 0pen 84-kilogram class.
Dundas Valley Power athletes are set to compete at the provincial championships on Nov. 16 in Ottawa. They are also excited to be heading back to St. Catharines for the Canadian Powerlifting Union’s 2014 Nationals hosted for the first time by the Niagara Powerlifing Club.
To learn more about the Canadian Powerlifting Union and Ontario Powerlifting Association, visit www.powerlifting.ca.