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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  • Andrew Dunn

    May 14, 2019 |

    Thank you so much for all your help thus far Harold, aka. Tractor guy! I could not have done without you!

  • Harold McNeill

    April 25, 2019 |

    I find it interesting to contemplate how a small community evolves in general isolation from the rest of the world. We have a similar situation in the northern communities in Canada to which access is limited. The inclusion of the world wide web and mass media has changed things, but these communities are still left pretty much to their own devices when it comes to personal interaction.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 19, 2019 |

    Hi Dave. Not that I am aware and I have a fairly comprehensive family tree for the McNeill side of the family. I will pull it up and scan. Cheers, Harold. Great chatting with you and I will give Ben a nudge.

  • Dave Cassels

    March 16, 2019 |

    Were you related to Guy McNeill who owned the Bruin Inn in St. Albert in the late 40’s or early 50’s? Guy was a close friend of my father-in-law who was the first President of the Royal Glenora Club. My phone number is 780 940 1175. Thank you.

  • Harold McNeill

    March 15, 2019 |

    So glad you found the story and enjoyed. Indeed, they were memorable times. I did a fair amount of searching but never managed to contact any of the Murffit kids. However, it was neat to make contact with the Colony and someone I knew from back in the day. I have enjoyed writing these stories from back in the 1940s and 50s and have made contact with a lot of friends from those early years. I will give you a call over the weekend. Cheers, Harold

  • Yvonne (Couture) Richardson

    March 7, 2019 |

    I enjoyed your story. I too, lived in Pibroch in 1951, as my parents owned the hotel there. I was a very close friend of Bonnie Murfitt at the time. I moved to Edmonton in 1952, however, and have not seen her since. I would like to be in touch with you to talk about your story. My email is listed above and my phone number is 780-475-3873.

  • Laureen Kosch/Patry

    March 5, 2019 |

    I grew up in Pibroch and would not trade those years for anything. “ Kids don’t know how to play anymore” Never was a truer statement made. During the summer we were out the door by 8am, home for lunch, and back when it got dark. For the most part our only toys were our bikes and maybe a baseball mitt. I will never forget the times when all the kids got together in “Finks field” for a game of scrub baseball. Everybody was welcome, kids from 8 to 18. I didn’t know it then but I guess I had a childhood most dream of. Drove thru town last summer. It all looked a lot smaller.

  • Harold McNeill

    January 13, 2019 |

    Well, my dear, it’s that time again. How the years fly by and the little ones grow but try as you may you will have a hard time catching up to your Daddy. Lots of love young lady and may your day be special
    Love, Dad

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Guess what? My response went to the Spam folder. Hmm, do you suppose the system is trying to tell me something?

  • Harold McNeill

    January 5, 2019 |

    Thanks, Terrance. Your comment came through but went to the Spam folder. Have pulled it out and approved. Can you send another on this post to see if you name is now removed from Spam? I’m not sure why it does that. Cheers, Harold