Local Powerlifter Breaks Records and Brings Home Gold!

Written by Dianne McNeill on June 26th, 2014. Posted in Dianne McNeill Blog Posts, Guest Posts


Kaiya McPayKaiya prepares for a Record Breaking Lift

Kaiya McPay, a local up and coming Powerlifter, made an extraordinary showing at the BC Powerlifting Association’s Provincial Powerlifting Competition in Vancouver, bringing home a Gold Medal and smashing records along the way. Kaiya trains and coaches out of Campbell River’s own Crossfit O’Twelve gym.

Powerlifting is an intense and exciting sport testing both physical and psychological strength. Powerlifters train to lift enormous weights and while there are obvious requirements of great strength, precision and technique, it is the overall iron will and correct tactical decisions which are necessary in order to mount the winners’ podium. There are three attempts in each of the disciplines, the best lift in each discipline is added together to arrive at a lifter’s total for the competition, they are then ranked.   

McPay hit two of the three Back Squats successfully “I missed depth on my second lift due to a slight wardrobe malfunction, but went into the back and with the support of my coach Phil Howe, got my head back in the meet. After sorting out my singlet, I went back in, squatting full depth and then some”, McPay laughingly reports, coming in 5 kg short of a provincial record, finishing with 115 kg.

McPay crushed the previous Bench Press record of 72.5 kg., lifting 86 kg. “I really surprised myself, and everyone else, on this one. My nerves started to creep out during warm-up, but thanks to one of the meet Coordinators, Gabe, and all the support backstage, all three lifts went up like a dream, and I felt I could rep out on my last attempt.”

She continued to smash records by beating the old Deadlift standard by 17 kilos, lifting 142.5. “My first two attempts were smooth, but my coach and I decided to stay with the small jump on my last attempt, as I was getting pretty emotionally exhausted, and my glutes and hamstrings had had about enough awesome for one day! As I approached the bar, I felt confident, thank goodness, because I had to fight for every last inch of that pull to finish successfully“ 

In the final count, her total weight raised was 343.5 kg., beating the old provincial record of 305 kg by a whopping 38.5 kg. “All in all I had a great weekend, with some amazing lifters, and I am overwhelmed and thankful for all the support of everyone at the Meet, CrossFit O`Twelve, Langley`s Hybrid Athletics and Courtenay`s Titanium CrossFit.

This was an amazing showing for an athlete relatively new to the sport of Powerlifting! McPay states she is looking forward to training for the next Meet, and has some serious goals in sight which include qualifying for the National Powerlifting Competition next spring. 

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    November 26, 2021 |

    Hi Dorthy, So glad you found those stories and, yes, they hold many fond memories. Thanks to social media and the blog, I’ve been able to get in touch with many friends from back in the day. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Well, well. Pleased to see your name pop up. I’m in regular contact via FB with many ‘kids’ from back in our HS days (Guy, Dawna, Shirley and others). Also, a lot of Cold Lake friends through FB. Cheers, Harold

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Oh, that is many years back and glad you found the story. I don’t have any recall of others in my class other than the Murphy sisters on whose farm my Dad and Mom worked.

  • Harold McNeill

    November 26, 2021 |

    Pleased to hear from you Howie and trust all is going well. As with you, I have a couple of sad stories of times in my police career when I crossed paths with Ross Barrington Elworthy. Just haven’t had the time to write those stories.

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    My only fight at Pagliacci’s was a late Sunday night in 1980 (?) He ripped the towel machine off the bathroom wall which brought me running. He came after me, I grabbed a chair and cracked him on the head which split his skull and dropped him. I worried about the police finding him on the floor. I had just arrived from Lasqueti Island and wasn’t convinced the police were my friends. I dragged him out to Broad and Fort and left him on the sidewalk, called the cops. They picked him up and he never saw freedom again (as far as I know). I found out it was Ross Elworthy.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read you article on Pibroch excellent. My Dad was Searle Grain company agent we move there in 1942/3 live in town by the hall for 5 years than moved one mile east to the farm on the corner where the Pibroch road meets Hwy 44. Brother Don still lives there. I went to school with you and Louise.

  • Herbert Plain

    November 24, 2021 |

    Just read your life account of Pibroch excellent.
    My family mowed to Pibroch in 1942 Dad was grain buyer for Searle Grain Company lived in town for 5 years than mowed one mile East to the farm on the corner of the road from Pibroch and Hwy 44. Bro Don still lives there.I went to school with both you and Louise.