The powerlifting provincials are coming to Slave Lake on the July 9 weekend. Head organizer Khalil Mouallem expects 140 lifters to compete, and surprisingly, not only Albertans.
One is coming all the way from Victoria B.C. and six more from Yellowknife, NWT.
Mouallem says the NWT doesn’t have its own powerlifting federation, so they are allowed to compete in APU (Alberta Powerlifting Union) provincials “and they are extremely excited to do so.”
The weekend kicks off on the Friday evening (July 8) at the Multi Rec Centre, with the youngest and the oldest lifting, ranging in age from 13 – 67.
Saturday the lifting goes all day, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., with junior men and women (ages 19 -23), open class lightweight women (ages 24-39) and the bench press-only lifters.
Sunday sees the heavyweight women and all the open male classes getting down to business. It goes from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“This is where we’ll see the big weights moving with squats and deadlifts over 700 lbs.” says Mouallem, “and bench press up to the 500 lb. range.”
Mouallem says the 140 competitors is fewer than he had originally anticipated.
The nationals having been moved from Alberta to B.C. probably had something to do with that.
“But still a pretty decent turnout,” he says.
With coaches and families, it will make for a hefty influx of people and commerce.
“Hotels are filling up already,” Mouallem says.