A large number of Canadian Weightlifters converged in L’Hospitalet de Llobregat, Barcelona, Spain for the World Masters Weightlifting Competition held between August 17 and 25 of 2018. This Event marks the pinnacle of many of these athlete’s training and preparation.  Athletes not only have to commit to securing time off to travel, but also have to meet Qualifying Totals and the approval of the Canadian National Chair in order to compete.

Our older athletes led the charge with Canadas illustrious and multiple grand champion, Marcel Perron, taking no time to capture the Gold in the M85yr/77kg Category and the Best Lifter in that age group. Judy Quinn, being no stranger to World Championship Competitions, not only took the Gold in the W70yr/75kg Category, but broke Canadian and World Records in the process.  Yves Carignan, another noteworthy athlete from Canada’s past as an Olympian, followed quickly to secure a Silver in the M65yr/62 kg Category. Ken Miller, another frequent World Masters participant took Bronze in the M70yr/62 kg Category, as did his wife, Jill Miller in the W65yr/63 kg Category.

The Canadian contingent was honoured to have one of its athletes being inducted into the World Masters Hall of Fame.  Manon Poulin entered the Masters in 1999 at the Canadian and Pan-American Masters Championship in Ontario, Canada and followed the events to the end of the year with her gold, silver and Bronze medals as well as various national and world titles, national and international records.  Manon Poulin has certainly become a weightlifting legend. At this year’s World Masters, Manon succeeded in winning a Silver in the W55yr/63kg Category.

A number of the Canadian Women were awarded Best Lifter in their age categories: Isabelle Gauthier, Gold in the W45yr/58kg with Canadian Snatch (67 kg) and Total (154 kg) Records and Abigail Guerrero-Gonzales, Gold in the W40yr/58kg with Canadian Snatch (71 kg), Clean and Jerk (80 kg) and Total (151 kg) Records. In the W40yr/+90kg Category, Karine Brouillard took the Bronze, Manon Croteau in the W50yr/58 kg Category took the Gold and Best Lifter as well as the Canadian Snatch (54 kg), Clean and Jerk (68 kg) and Total (122 kg) Records. 

Though the Men represented 11 of the Canadian group of 29 athletes, their accomplishments were quite notable. In the Male 45yr Category the 77 kg Claude Caouette took a Bronze and Eric Chevrier in the 94 kg Category secured a Silver.  Andre Dionne in the M60yr/85 kg Category also was awarded a Silver medal.

The youngest of our Canadian athletes, our Women and Men in the 35-age group, wrapped up the competition on its last day. The sessions were off to a good start with Caroline Mundell’s Bronze finish in the W35yr/58 kg Category. The Womens 35yr/75 kg Category saw Beth Kostur achieving fourth position and breaking the Canadian Snatch (73 kg) and Total (157 kg) Records.  Justin Ott in the M35yr/94 kg Category captured the Bronze Medal. In the Mens 35yr/105 kg Category, it was so close for Rafal Korkowski as he was only one kilogram short of breaking the Snatch record and indeed tied the Clean and Jerk Record to take home the Silver Medal.

Our other athletes, who may not have medalled, fared very well personally in their results: Heather Cameron, Chris Crotty, Raghbir Dhaliwal (4th), Heather Emslie, Sylvie Guenette (4th), Greg Haspect, Melanie Johnson, Paaras Kaur, Eva Martens, Tanna Payne, and Kirsten Riewe. Due to family circumstances, we were sad that Heather Admundred could not participate. We wish her all the best.

Canadians won 17 Medals:5 Gold, 6 Silver and 6 Bronze placing Canada in 8th position. Canadian Marcel Perron captured the overall best lifter, also referred to as Grand Master, with 488.48 SMM points, 75 points ahead of the next competitor. Isabelle Gauthier missed Best Womens Lifter by just 2 SMM points. Bravo Canada!! The Women’s Team of Isabelle Gauthier, Abigail Guerrero Gonzalez. Karine Brouillard, Caroline Mundell, Beth Kostur, Manon Croteau, Manon Poulin and Judy Quinn took First Place over the Americans and especially the Australians who traditionally always win these Team challenges. Our Men’s Team did a fine showing placing 6th overall, just two places behind the Americans.

On behalf of our Board of Directors of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation Haltérophilie Canadienne and our members, I extend our heartfelt congratulations to all of our determined and dedicated athletes.  We hope to see them all at next years World Masters in Montréal.



The Conseil d’Administration de la IWF à approuver dix (10) Nouvelles catégories de poids corporel pour les hommes et les femmes dans les catégories Seniors, Juniors et pour les jeunes. Ces catégories seront soumisent au congress de la IWF pour ratification. Comme maîtres haltérophiles nous sommes beaucoup plus concernés avec les nouvelles catégories de poids corporel des séniors, lesqu’elles auront également besoins d’être approuver par le Conseil d’Ad
ministration des Maîtres de la IWF. Ne voyant pas de problèmes à l’horizon, attendez-vous que ces nouvelles catégories de poids corporel seront adopter à notre prochain Championnats Canadien des Maîtres Haltérophiles de 2019. Pour nos membres compétitionnant au Championnat Provincial des Maîtres de 2019, nous nous attendons que chaque Association Provinciale d’Haltérophilie utilisera déjà ces nouvelles catégories de poids corporel .
Présentement, notre Conseil d’Administration étudit différentes approches pour intégrer les standards de records minimum pour tout les groups d’âge pour les nouvelles catégories de poids corporel et nous vous en tiendrons au courant sur notre site internet. Les vieux records demeureront dans nos archives sur nôtre site internet et, bien sur, ne pourront pas être contestés.


Nous souhaitons la meilleure des chances aux athlètes suivant qui vont représenter le Canada aux Championnat du Monde des Maîtres:
Heather Amundrud, France Brouillard, Karine Brouillard, Heather Cameron, Manon Croteau, Heather Emslie, Paaras Kaur, Beth Kostur, Eva Martens, Jill Miller, Caroline Mundell, Tanna Payne, Manon Poulin, Judy Quinn, Kristen Riewe. ET,
Jason Cain, Claude Caouette, Yves Carignan, Chris Crotty, Raghbir Dhaliwal, Andre Dionne, Rafal Korkowsky, Greg Haspect, Ken Miller, Justin Ott, Marcel Perron.
S’il-vous-plait, si vous les connaissez, essayez de leurs souhaiter bonne chance en personne!


We wish the best of luck as the following athletes represent Canada at the World Masters:
Heather Amundred, France Brouillard, Karine Brouillard, Heather Cameron, Manon Croteau, Heather Emslie, Paaras Kaur, Beth Kostur, Eva Martens, Jill Miller, Caroline Mundell, Tanna Payne, Manon Poulin, Judy Quinn, Kirsten Riewe. AND,Jason Cain, Claude Caouette, Yves Carignan, Chris Crotty, Raghbir Dhaliwal, Andre Dionne, Rafal Korkowski, Greg Haspect, Ken Miller, Justin Ott, Marcel Perron.
If you know them, please try to personally wish them well!!


July 20, 2018

The IWF Board has approved 10 new categories for both men and women in the Senior, Junior and Youth age categories. These categories will be submitted to the IWF Congress for ratification. As masters we are of course primarily concerned with the Senior category, which will still need ratification by the IWF-Masters. Seeing no issues on the horizon, you can expect that those new bodyweight categories to be implemented at our next, 2019, Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. For our members competing in Provincial Masters in 2019, we expect that each Provincial Weightlifting Association will already be using the new bodyweight categories.
Our Board is currently studying various approaches to setting minimum records standards in all age and new bodyweight categories and will keep you updated on this website. Old records will still be archived on our website but cannot, of course, be contested.


ATTENTION – 2018 World Masters – Schedule Changes

Dear All,

The IWF Masters Committee has taken into consideration the provisional time table and its notification. Together with the organizer Francisco Rodriguez Garcia, who is in the position to provide 2 competition platforms next to each other, we are in the position to move all sessions in the way that it matches with the notification in yellow highlighted under the published provisional time table. Please find attached the rebuild 2018 competition schedule.

You will see that it leaves us no room for any changes and that we are working nonstop to have a successful and memorable championship in the beautiful city of Barcelona. However we will have to conduct our annual Congress of Nations at Wednesday 22 August 19 hours (usual day/time) at the venue.

The accreditation hours are now published on under ‘championship’.
The training facility will be open from Thursday 16 August midday at the venue. For more information please contact the organizer directly.
Best wishes,
Denise Offermann

2018 Asia Pacific Masters Games

Only 2 weeks left to register for Olympic Weightlifting competition at the 2018 Asia Pacific Masters Games. Registration closes July 7, and the games are held from 7-15 September 2018.

This also marks the first edition of the Asian Masters Women's Championships. (Held in conjunction with the 2018 Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games) Here's your chance to become an Asian Master's record holder at an event recognized by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Further information can be found at the games website:

To see/download the brochure click here

To see schedule click here


IWF Sport Programme Commission  recommends changes to  Tokyo 2020 weightlifting programme

Commission meets in the Olympic Capital to discuss innovations to Olympic qualification system, event field size and weight categories
14 November 2017; Lausanne: The IWF Sport Programme Commission (SPC) concluded its three-day meeting in Lausanne by agreeing a number of recommendations designed to protect the integrity of the sport and ensure the very best, clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020.

The five-person Commission composed of representatives from all major IWF stakeholders, met at the IWF headquarters in Lausanne on 11-13 November. The primary focus of the meeting was to address the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games weightlifting programme, including the Olympic qualification system, the competition format, event field size and the bodyweight categories.

The SPC recommended individual qualification through a shortened (18 months) qualification period for Tokyo 2020, during which time there would be two IWF World Championships. Athletes will be required to regularly participate in Olympic Qualification competitions to ensure that they are regularly subjected to in-competition doping control. The shortened period would also make anti-doping testing easier to implement and more cost-effective. 

Male and female athletes will compete across the IWF bodyweight categories during the qualification period, from which seven will form the Olympic medal events at Tokyo 2020 for each gender. 

A maximum of 14 athletes per bodyweight category will compete in Tokyo with each National Olympic Committee (NOC) allowed a maximum of four athletes per gender and only one per medal event.

The SPC is continuing to review the existing bodyweight categories to make recommendations to the IWF Technical Committee and Executive Board regarding the new bodyweight categories. The SPC is also exploring innovative and exciting new event formats which will be implemented to keep the sport as appealing and relevant to a global audience as possible. 

Speaking after the meeting, IWF Director General and member of the IWF SPC, Attila Adamfi, said:

“We have had a very productive meeting here in Lausanne as we work towards ensuring that the IWF delivers the very best, clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020. We want to make sure that we are protecting the integrity of our sport and also provide the most engaging and exciting competitions for our athletes and fans. We have had very good cooperation with the IOC and are continuing to work closely with them. The IWF takes its responsibility to the Olympic Movement very seriously and is committed to promoting the Olympic values around the world.

“While our primary focus is of course on the next Olympic Games, we are also examining opportunities to innovate our sport further which will go beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We are assessing new bodyweight categories, new formats, and new disciplines all of which will make our sport more appealing, particularly to younger audiences.”

The SPC’s recommendations will be presented to the IWF Executive Board for approval during their next meeting on 25-26 November 2017.

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