Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

President announces two new awards.


CMWFHC President Announces Two New Canadian Certificates





Keeping fit after 80 years of age is no easy achievement. Being an Octogenarian and still weightlifting and competing are even more admirable accomplishments. The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation recently established minimum records standards that its member-athletes must surpass in order to set new records in the recently created ten bodyweight categories. These age categories extend beyond the competitive age categories of 80+ for men and 70+ for women. The minimum record standards were reached through discussion and consultation with members of the President's Advisory Committee before acquiring CMWFHCM board approval.


In admiration and respect for current and forthcoming Octogenarians, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting President has created the Honorary Octogenarian Canadian Masters Record Certificate. As Federation President, he will award this Certificate to the first Octogenarian in his or her bodyweight category who has met the qualifying competition requirements but perhaps not quite surpassing the minimum record standard. These records will be denoted in the charts as Honorary Octogenarian Records.   These Honorary records can be broken by other Octogenarians who surpass them in the years ahead and will still be identified as Honorary Records, unless of course it surpasses the minimum record standard.  In that case, it is a Canadian Masters Record.


With two types of Record Certificates for Octogenarians, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation will demonstrate that they truly cherish these outstanding athletes and role models within their weightlifting communities.


No application is required, but if the President misses an Octogenarian, please let him know.





A new year and a new Award for our Canadian Masters Members who have gold medaled or participated in any three of 2019 Provincial Masters, Canadian Masters, Pan Am Masters, and the World Masters.


The Attollo Award acknowledges the competitive participation and/or success of a CMWFHCM member at select Masters Weightlifting Competitions. “Attollo” is a Latin word meaning to lift up or be exalted to a higher position. Attollo recipients have demonstrated their resolve in rising to a higher level of competition and in doing so, proudly represented the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation.


In the AWARDS section of this website you will find more information about the Attollo Gold Medal


Certificate, the Attollo Participation Certificate and the application procedure. Always proud of our Masters Members,


Mark Gomes – President

Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation


2020 World Weightlifting Competition Update

Dear Athletes,

2020 01 04

IWF Masters World Championship comes to Orlando USA

The IWF Masters, USA Weightlifting and USA Masters Weightlifting are proud to announce the 2020 IWF  Masters World Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA from 28 August to 5 September.

The event was originally due be held in Obrighem, Germany who unfortunately were unable to host the event in 2020, at which time the IWF Masters invited the United States to host the event as the runner-up in the bidding process, originally completed in Barcelona, Spain in August 2018.

The IWF Masters World Championship is the premiere world-wide event for Weightlifting athletes aged 35 and over, attracting approximately 800 athletes from around the world, competing in 5 year increments from 35 up to over 80 years of age.

Competition and housing will be at the Wyndham Resort on International Drive, Orlando, USA located an easy shuttle or car ride from Orlando International Airport (MCO) which has direct links to nations across the world. The Wyndham Resort is also close by to Orlando area tourist attractions such as Disney World, Universal and others.

“We are grateful to the IWF Masters for the opportunity to return the IWF  Masters World Championship to the United States of America for the first time in many years. We appreciate the trust placed upon us to deliver a world class event for Masters in just 8 months.”

Further details about hotel bookings will be released as soon as is possible. Michael Cohen, USA Masters Weightlifting Committee Chair.

“In recent years, the USA has hosted the Senior World and Youth World Championships, we are thrilled that the Masters level will also now get the opportunity to compete on home soil. We look forward to working closely with the IWF Masters and the USA Weightlifting Masters Committee to deliver a Worlds of the standard that has come to be expected from our hosting.” Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting Chief Executive Officer.

“With deep appreciation THANK YOU to the USA Masters for stepping in to host the 2020 IWF Masters World Championship at short notice. We know that the USA as an active Masters federation will make excellent arrangements for the benefit of all Masters.”

Denise Offermann 

IWF Masters Secretariat

Weightlifting Seminars planned for 2020


Update 12/12/2019 Greg Doucette


City and Province

Host Club


Please register or contact for more information

High River, Alberta

Hub PT Weightlifting Club


Feb 29, 2020

Jennifer Hamilton

CMFWHC member -

CMFWHC non-member-

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Reebok 306 Weightlifting Club

Further information to follow in the new year


Jason Cain

Moncton, New Brunswick

Colosseo Weightlifting Club and CrossFit Moncton


April 25, 26, 2020

Greg Doucette

NOTE: This event has been POSTPONED. Postponed until we can schedule another date based on Sport NB and GNB advice. (Hopefully this Summer) Stay Tuned.




CMWFHC – Who What Where




Who are they and from whence they came?
Qui sont-ils et leurs origines?


Who are they and from whence they came?


In the late eighties, a creative group of older weightlifters started to develop the possibility of having a recognized group of Masters Weightlifters within the Canadian Weightlifting Federation.  For several years, pockets of impromptu competitions were organized in Ontario and Alberta. Interest began to grow and the number of interested athletes increased. 


This group of Masters Weightlifters approached the Canadian Weightlifting Federation and an arrangement appeared to have been made, and accepted, for them to form a Masters Committee.  In 1996 a constitution was created and the eager group of Masters began to organize themselves and be of service to interested masters weightlifters.  The group changed its name in 2002 from the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Association to the Canadian Weightlifting Federation Haltérophilie Canadienne Maîtres Committee and continued to operate as if they were part of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation.


As this new Federation began to evolve, it created many opportunities for competitions, certificates and awards that were uniquely afforded to provincial athlete members of the CWFHC.  Members paid a separate membership fee to join this Federation.


The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation continued under this quasi relationship with the CWFHC until it came to light in 2012 that the Canadian Masters were not constitutionally part of the CWFHC and that there were no official documents indicating that they ever were. In fact, it was made clear to this writer that the CWFHC was not then, nor now, interested in having the Canadian Masters included within their organization and were quite content to have the Canadian Masters Federation continue to be the recognized representative of Canadian Masters weightlifters. The mandate of the CWFHC in the area of Masters (LTAD – Masters) defaulted to, and became, the sole focus of the CMWFHC. 


Starting in 2016 the CMWFHC Executive began revamping its bylaws and job descriptions to more accurately reflect their unique and independent status within the Canadian Weightlifting community.  In 2018, the Canadian Masters approved a new set of bylaws that clarified their organizational structure and how their affairs would be conducted.  This year the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation became a legally incorporated not-for-profit sports organization. 


Considering that many of CMWFHC members are Technical Officials with the CWFHC, athletes at the Provincial level, members of the CWFHC via their Provincial Weightlifting Association, serve as elected officers within their respective provincial weightlifting associations and with some serving as members of the CWFHC Board of Directors, the Canadian Masters Federation will continue to reach out, develop and enhance professional relationships with the Canadian Weightlifting Federation.


The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation is a robust, focused and a truly representative organization standing for the hopes and aspirations of Masters Weightlifters in Canada.  In the international sphere of Masters Weightlifting they have become a well-respected member of the international weightlifting community.


This is who the Canadian Masters are and from whence they came.  In my next article, I will share with you what the CMWFHC is trying to accomplish for our Masters members and why.  Until then, you are welcome to check out their website, where you will find information about the Canadian Masters, FAQ, their elected and advisory team members, regulations, and a lot more. Over the past few years, their website has matured into a wealth of information with contributions from an expanding group of dedicated members.  You could be one of them!


Mark Gomes and Paule Poulin