BY BILL PHILLIPS
Would you like to see some of Canada’s top athletes?
You can this weekend, right here in Prince George. They will be at XConditioning Barbell and Northern BC Powerlifting for the 2018 Canadian Powerlifters Association Open. It is a powerlifting pro-am event and the heavy lifting, and we do mean heavy, will go Saturday and Sunday at the XConditioning gym on Second Avenue.
“Saturday is pro lifters competing for cash and Sunday is an amateur event,” says Jason Cook of XConditioning and one of the event organizers.
Currently there are 65 competitors registered for the event, 20 for the Saturday pro event and 45 on Sunday for the amateur event. There will be a women’s category and two men’s categories in the pro event on Saturday and the winner of each category will pocket $2,500. It’s the biggest cash meet in Canada.
“We encourage everyone to come down and check it out,” he says. “It’s a family friendly event. Come down, cheer your butt off, and watch some people lift some big weights.”
And there will be some big weights lifted this weekend … squats of more than 900 pounds, bench presses of more than 600 pounds, and deadlifts of more than 700 pounds.
Some of the best powerlifters in the country will be competing, including three from right here in Prince George.
It marks the first time that all three of the principals of XConditioning – Cook, Mike Webber, and Tara Webber – will be lifting in the same event. Usually one of them has to stay behind to run the gym while the others go to competitions.
All three have done well at international events.
“Tara is easily in the top 10, probably in the top-five, in the world,” says Cook.
The event is the only western Canadian qualifier for the world championships so competitors will be coming from far and wide to compete. There will be a couple from Ontario, and some from Alberta and Manitoba and, of course, all over British Columbia.
Lifting starts at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. on Sunday and will run to about 4 p.m. each day. Admission is $10 and children get in free.