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Western Canadian Powerlifting Championships in Prince George rescheduled to August 2020 by COVID-19

Event set to bring in dozens of local, regional athletes to X-Conditioning
Tara Webber PG - WPO belt 4
Tara Webber of Prince George shows off her muscles at X-Conditioning. (via Kyle Balzer)

An anticipated weightlifting competition hosted in Prince George was postponed earlier this year out of public health concerns revolving around COVID-19.

This week, the national governing body has officially rescheduled its 2020 Western Canadian Powerlifting Championships (WCPC) to Aug. 22.

It was originally set to take place May 23 at X-Conditioning, but the organizing committee made the decision to press pause on April 8 out of respect for physical distancing and recommendations by B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

The tournament consists of several different strength tests, such as full powerlifting, bench-pressing, squats and deadlifts. 

The WCPC also acts as a qualifying stage for the World Powerlifting Organization Super-Finals in Chicago, which have been postponed as well.

As of this publication, there are 64 positive COVID-19 cases in northern B.C., but 63 of which have fully recovered.

In the province, there are 2,623 confirmed cases with 2,243 recoveries, but Dr. Henry’s recommendation on gatherings of more than 50 people remains in place.


Kyle  Balzer

About the Author: Kyle Balzer

Kyle Balzer graduated with distinction from BCIT's Broadcast & Online Journalism program in 2016. Since moving to Prince George, he has covered a variety of stories from education & Indigenous relations, to community interests & sports.
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