2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships news
Canadians capture medals at the 2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships
The 2021 Pan Am Masters Championships have concluded and our small Canadian contingent held their own. We managed 2 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze medal and 4 made it close to the podium. This is the first international competition held in-person during Covid pandemic travel restrictions and in an American State with elevated Delta variant cases of Covid-19. Our members took all the necessary precautions and we are all very proud of their participation.
Congratulations to our Gold medalists, André Boutin and Amanda Whiting. Our Silver medalists were: Annie-Claude Delisle, Heather Emslie, Marty Giles, Manon Poulin, Nicole Lee, Pamela Warner and Dawn Schum. Our Bronze medalists was Russel Flores and our almost bronze medalists were Cynthia Collins, Jennifer Hamilton, Krista Pell and Valerie Saucier.
Complete results can be found here: 2021 PanAmerican Masters Results
It is unfortunate that the Pan American Masters only had 22 participants that were not from North America (Canada, USA and Mexico), with most from Dominican Republic (7). Masters Weightlifting is not as developed in the South American countries as it is in North America. With travel restrictions of South American countries added to pandemic travel restrictions, this event usually takes on the image of a purely American, and at times Canadian,
Championship. Perhaps the IWF Masters may encourage two regional geographic areas to replace the Pan American Masters area, hence allowing more Central and South American countries to foster Masters growth among their own countries with less travel restrictions between them. We are so lucky in North America where Masters Weightlifters have Federations that are recognized and supported by their National Sports Organizations.
Hopefully we may see the Pan Am Masters return to Canada pending a suitable host and joint approval of both the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation and Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie.