Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

Congratulations to the newly elected leaders of the CMWFHC

The following persons were elected to serve at the 2018 CMWFHC AGM 

  • President – Mark Gomes
  • Vice President – Daniel Paré
  • Secretary / Treasurer – Jodi Podolas
  • Quebec Representative – Mario Robitaille

John Case is stepping down as President and will move to the National Chairman position.

Letter to CMWFHC members from newly elected president Mark Gomes



Mark Gomes, President

When our Federation began around 1995, then a Masters Committee, we probably had less than 50 members. I only guess these numbers since the historical paper work I have is very limited and I came across some old records of “up to 1996.” Our first bylaws were approved in 1998 and then recently this year it was replaced and brought up to date. Today we can boast of 200 members, more or less equally represented by both genders, and both with some very respectable weightlifting records.

Our Federation is an independent organization of Canadian Masters Weightlifters with strong associative ties to Provincial Weightlifting Associations and to the Canadian Weightlifting Federation Haltérophilie Canadienne. This, of course, is because to be a member of CMWFHC one must also be a registered member of their provincial or territorial weightlifting association.

Over the last few years, the Executive (now referred to as the Board) and its Secretaries, Past President, Director of Doping Education and the National Chair (now referred to as the Advisory Committee) have done their utmost to keep our Federation both enthusiastic and visionary.

We keep accurate membership information; monitor members’ accomplishments to ensure they are included in our Hall of Fame and receive Certificates and Pins; accept applications for Canadian Masters Records and acknowledge those members with Certificates and updated charts on our web page; including both of Canada’s official languages in our Records Certificates and charts, membership applications, policies, and reports - though we are trying to still do better.

We also provide members with high quality sports wear; support our athletes when competing internationally; have developed our own Anti-doping Policy and appointed a Director of Doping Education; receive news from our Regional Representatives; support another national masters weightlifting event (Canadian Masters Open - which may be renamed Coupe Canada Cup); utilize our very successful web page to alert our member of breaking news, membership applications, records, sports wear for sale; and in the process of updating our Protocol and Guidelines for Hosting the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships.

At the AGM held on June 14th, two new members were elected to the Executive Board. I was acclaimed as Vice President and, likewise, Jodi Podolas (of St. Albert, Alberta) as Secretary-Treasurer. I extend a hearty welcome to Jodi, who brings her accounting expertise to our Federation.

On Friday, June 15th, the Executive Board, appointed me, Mark Gomes, as President and Daniel Paré as Vice President for the remainder of this operational year. Our positions will be up for review and election at the next AGM. My appreciation is extended to Mario Robitaille for volunteering to be our Québec Representative. So nice to have Mario with us.

As Incoming President I welcome you all back to another exciting year with the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation. At the same time I say a fond farewell to Doug Sinclair who has been our Secretary- Treasurer. Doug has meticulously arranged our accounting system over many years (I am not even sure as I have known no other Secretary-Treasurer). Thank you Doug. Your demonstrated fiduciary effectiveness will be greatly appreciated.

We also would like to thank Mike Menard, our outgoing Vice President. Mike was quite instrumental in assisting me in preparing a number of documents into French, helping us frame our antidoping policy, and providing valuable input into Executive deliberations.

And of course we are all aware of how much work John Case has put into our Federation particularly in making it a more professional organization worthy of belonging to. Fortunately, John as agreed to remain on as the National Chair and Past President and for me I know there will be an open, calming and sympathetic ear for when I seek out his wisdom. Daniel Paré, thanks for agreeing to help out on the Executive Board along with our new Secretary-Treasurer, Jodi Podolas. Your experience with our Federation will be valuable.

Our very competent Secretaries, Judy and Ken, and our Regional Representatives, Ed, Gary. Mario and Heidi (who will also be serving in a new position as Director of Doping Education) will add to that wealth of knowledge.

Our team, will try their utmost to serve you, as they discuss various concerns to all members such as: Next years bids for the Nationals; a possible E commerce position to coordinate some of the sports wear we occasionally have available for sale; compulsory online registrations for our two nationally sanctioned competitions; with the help of the FHQ planning for the Masters World Championships in 2019; proposing Established Minimum Record Standards if the IWF-M approves use of the IWF new body weight categories; arranging competition schedules to help improve attendance of middle-aged members at the AGM; considering a Masters Coach Development program; fine tuning the Defi Canada Challenge regulations; and studying new job positions such as Privacy Officer, Translators and CMWFHC Archivist.

This is us:

President Mark Gomes

Vice President Daniel Paré 

Secretary-Treasurer Jodi Podolas

Past President and National Chair John Case

Membership Secretary Judy Quinn

Hall of Fame Secretary Ken Miller

Records Secretary Mark Gomes (temporary)

Womens Rep and Director of Doping Education Heidi Schraft

Quebec Representative Mario Robitaille

Ontario Representative Gary Lewis

East Coast Rep

Newsletter Thorin Gault

Webmaster Bob Haven



E Commerce

Privacy Officer

I look forward to working with and for you this year.

Mark Gomes

President, CMWFHC

IWF Working Group meets to propose new Bodyweight Categories

The IWF Bodyweight Categories Working Group met in Budapest on 31 May – 01 June to begin the final phase of determining the new 10 women’s and 10 men’s bodyweight categories, which will provide greater athletic opportunities, improve inclusivity and enhance competition. More

WADA publishes 2017 Prohibited List

Today, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) publishes the 2017 List of Prohibited Substances and Methods; along with, the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes. The List – which designates what substances and methods are prohibited both in- and out-of-competition, and which substances are banned in particular sports – was approved by the Executive Committee on 21 September and comes into force on 1 January 2017.

“WADA is pleased to publish the 2017 Prohibited List, which is one of five International Standards that are mandatory for all signatories of the World Anti-Doping Code (Code) to follow,” said WADA President, Sir Craig Reedie.  “All athletes around the world are held to these standards and there can be no tolerance for people who intentionally break the rules,” Reedie continued.  “Updated annually, the List is released three months ahead of taking effect so that all stakeholders – in particular athletes and their entourage — have ample time to familiarize themselves with the List and its modifications,” he said.

“The Prohibited List follows a very extensive stakeholder review process over the course of nine months,” said Director General, Olivier Niggli.  “In reviewing the List, experts examine such sources as: scientific and medical research; trends; and, intelligence gathered from law enforcement and pharmaceutical companies in order to stay ahead of those that wish to cheat,” Niggli continued. “It is vital that all athletes take the necessary time to consult the List; and that, they contact their respective anti-doping organizations (ADOs) if they have any doubts as to the status of a substance or method,” said Niggli.

The List’s annual revision process is led by WADA, beginning with an initial meeting in January and concluding with the publication of the List by 1 October. This is an extensive nine-month consultation process which includes gathering information, circulating a draft list, stakeholder submissions, committee recommendations and the approval of the List by WADA’s Executive Committee during its September meeting.

It should be noted that, for athletes who have a legitimate medical reason for using a prohibited substance or method that is on the List, they can be accommodated via the International Standard for Therapeutic Use Exemptions (ISTUE), which has overwhelming acceptance from athletes, physicians and anti-doping stakeholders worldwide.

To view the changes made to the 2017 Prohibited List, please see the 2017 Summary of Major Modifications and Explanatory Notes.

Languages and Formats

As of today, the 2017 Prohibited List, the Summary of Modifications, and the 2017 Monitoring Program are available for download on WADA’s website in English. French and Spanish will follow shortly. 

Stakeholders wishing to translate the List into other languages are kindly asked to signal their interest at, by 23 October.

As has been the case in past years, the List will be made available as an iPhone app and on other mobile devices effective 1 January 2017.

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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Suspension Starts For Nine IWF Member Federations Involved In Olympic Doping

IWF determined to encourage and protect clean weightlifting

20 October 2017; Budapest, Hungary: The one-year suspensions of the nine IWF Members Federations (MFs) found to have had three or more anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) during the retesting of samples taken at Beijing 2008 and London 2012, officially took effect today.

The IWF has informed each of the nine MFs of their suspension, following the decision of the IWF Executive Board on 30 September 2017 to approve the recommendation of IWF’s Tbilisi Commission and to uphold the Board’s decision of 22 June 2016. Each MF will now have 21 days to appeal the decision.

IWF President Tamas Ajan said:

“The steps taken in weightlifting today are unprecedented in the history of sport. They show our total commitment to protect clean athletes. It was clear to us at the IWF that the problems in these nine countries required whole national cultures to change. For many of these member federations, there has already been a change of leadership and work has already begun to change the culture. Of course, we welcome these developments, as they will facilitate to those federations to comply with the requirements of a clean sport.“

“The IWF Anti-Doping efforts will continue with increased intensity in these 9 countries. IWF will do everything to make sure they will put in place the necessary anti-doping measures to address their doping issues so that they can take their places alongside the other members of our family once again.”

The IWF will work with the nine suspended MFs to ensure that they implement the IWF Rules in their countries and construct their national level ‘shields’ to protect clean athletes. IWF has urged these countries to willingly undertake complying with a massive set of criteria which aim to trigger the cultural shift thus ensuring that once these Federations regain their eligibility, a level-playing field is finally ensured at national level.

IWF expects these MFs to expressly acknowledge their responsibility for clean sport and to use this opportunity to actively commit to the fight against doping as a means to restore their reputation.

In case an MF decides to unconditionally accept the set of criteria it automatically involves the acceptance of being monitored by an Independent Monitoring Group which will mainly consist of outside-the-sport anti-doping experts.
The Group will carefully assess the situation of each MF which undertakes to comply with the criteria and create an action plan to address these issues one by one.
The monitoring will continue throughout the entire suspension period.
If fully satisfied, the Group at its sole discretion may decide to grant a Partial Conditional Reinstatement of the MF’s right to participate at IWF Events. The earliest time of such reinstatement depends on the gravity of the MF’s violation of the Policy rendered by the Board on 22 June (i.e.: number and severity of re-analysis cases). The reinstatement will not affect any other rights of the MF suspended as per the Board’s decision – these will remain suspended even in case a conditional lift is granted.
The full suspension will be immediately reinstated if the Group considers that the MF subject to the conditional reinstatement fails to meet any of the criteria.
Any decision of the Group will be final and binding and will not be subject to appeal.