Oi, ref!

Did I mention that I passed my IPF divisional referee exam? I don’t think I mentioned it. But yes, I passed, and I’m now a probationary referee. At some point in the next 12 months I have to adjudicate at a national competition (English/Welsh/Scottish/Northern Irish/British) to complete my probation. I’m going to try to get in as a referee at the English in 2015, as I want to compete at the British.

I’m feeling a bit disappointed with the GBPF at the moment, though, due to the IPF changing the equipment rules for 2015, meaning that the permitted equipment list for IPF-sanctioned powerlifting will get even narrower than it already is. I am totally against this, I think it’s shortsighted and will put people off from competing (especially newbies). Unfortunately it all seems money-motivated. A manufacturer pays the IPF a fee to get on the approved list; other manufacturers who can’t afford the fee (or don’t care) no longer get a look-in.

Personally I will have to replace my Adidas singlet & much-loved Pullum belt. I can afford to do this – but many can’t.

A fair few people in the GBPF Facebook group have said they’ll consider quitting the GBPF for the BDFPA over this; personally I won’t, as I’ve just qualified as a referee and my club is affiliated to the GBPF. I don’t blame people for wanting to quit, though – belts are expensive, you get attached to them and having to stop using your belt because the manufacturer hasn’t paid the IPF’s equipment registration fee is, well, daft.

If you have a moment, this petition is to stop the IPF from bringing in these tighter regulations, and I’d appreciate your signature.

Monday – bench

  • Bench press: worked up to 40kg x 8; 42.5kg x 6; 47.5kg x 2 x 2; 50kg for 2 singles and one very scrappy rep at 52.5kg
  • Dumbbell floor press: 15kg, 3 sets of 8
  • JM press: 35kg, 3 sets of 7
  • Seated barbell shoulder press: 25kg, 3 sets of 5
  • V-situps, leg raises: 3 sets of 10 each, supersets

3 thoughts on “Oi, ref!

  1. G

    Congrats on your new ref-ness! Enjoy exercising your authority 🙂

    How frustrating about the IPF! I mean, one of the good things about lifting is, aside from the weights, you don’t need a lot of expensive equipment. I’m sure this will keep folks away from competitions in the long run.

    1. lozette Post author

      My thoughts exactly. I think having tight equipment rules will really put people off competing, when personally I think newbies should compete early (because competing is itself a skill that needs to be learned).

      Plus a lot of the belts etc made by the “official” manufacturers don’t even have labels/marks, so how are the technical controllers going to tell if a belt is, say, by Titan or whatever.

      I don’t think the IPF have thought this through enough!

  2. ebay313

    Congrats! I had no idea about the requirements for what you wear for competing! I can definitely see how that would be an issue for new folks.

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