Lift off in Abbotsford

Annual Fall Classic event occurs at Abbotsford Exhibition Park this weekend

One of the premier events on the local powerlifting schedule is coming to Abbotsford.

The British Columbia Powerlifting Association’s Fall Classic occurs at the Air Cadet building at the Abbotsford Exhibition Park on Saturday and Sunday.

It all kicks off with Special Olympics lifting, benchpress and powerlifting on Saturday. Divisions competing include women, men, juniors and master’s men.

Powerlifting continues on Sunday, with open men and juniors 60 to 83 kilograms in the morning, and open men 93 to 120 kgs in the afternoon.

Dozens of lifters from all over the province are coming to Abbotsford for the event, but a handful of local lifters are also competing. Local competitors include: Jamie Robinson, Todd Moore, Steven Sykorsky, James Clifford (all Special Olympics), Lynne Destausels (open women), Lauri Lehman-Bernard (M1 women), Kenton Palmer (sub-junior women), Gabriel Gomez (junior men), Steven Smith (open men), Abraham Schapansky (open men) and Tanner Braaten (open men).

Both days start at 9 a.m. For more information on the event, visit