Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

Welcome to the Club! / Bienvenue au club!

Welcome to the Club! / Bienvenue au club!

BECOME PART OF A GROWING COMMUNITY
OIGNEZ-VOUS À UNE COMMUNAUTÉ GRANDISSANTE

“I have just turned 30 and still competing as a senior….I have taken a long time off from competitive weightlifting (various levels of success) and have taken up training again…..I have been actively involved in (a particular sport or fitness activity) and have taken a liking to weightlifting as an older athlete….Should I join the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation, what can I expect from that organization, and how can I contribute to their continued success?” Sound familiar?

 

First and foremost, aspiring members have already attached themselves to weightlifting clubs that are officially registered with a Provincial Weightlifting Association. Training alone is not recommended but may be for some, the only viable option. The new member should plan to compete as soon as the opportunity arises, and his/her coach makes that recommendation. Local competitions, and Provincial Meets (Open, Masters, Seniors) are also available to the weightlifters at the provincial level. Provincial Masters Championships are now held in most provinces under the auspices of a Provincial Weightlifting Association who are also affiliates of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. As new members gain this competitive experience, they can then set goals of competing at the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships and then on and upward to international weightlifting championships. National and International Masters Competitions are under the purview of the CMWFHCM, not the CWFHC. Only CMWFHCM members are permitted to participate at these competitions.

 

In addition to the joy of participating in competitive weightlifting, CMWFHCM members’ accomplishments are recognized in a number of rewarding ways:

 

  • establishing or breaking a Canadian Masters Weightlifting Record using Provincial level or higher competition accomplishments;
  • receiving a Certificate for Records achieved;
  • using competition totals to qualify for international competitions;
  • breaking international masters weightlifting records;
  • accumulating points based on National and International Meets’ results for working towards induction into the CMWFHCM Hall of Fame. Members can take advantage of other opportunities and services, other than training and participation in a competition:
  • enjoying the use of both official languages to fully appreciate important information;
  • studying anti-doping education and information;
  • examining procedures for breaking a Canadian Masters Weightlifting Record;
  • reviewing procedures for registering for international competitions;
  • being attentive to notices of upcoming Masters Weightlifting Competitions;
  • participating in Masters Weightlifting Seminars;
  • receiving award Certificates for Records, Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement;
  • reading Masters coaching tips;
  • viewing the posting of Records (National and International);
  • contacting a provincial representative of the CMWFHCM Federation who serves on its Advisory Committee;
  • accessing team sports wear that represent Masters;
  • acknowledging that age categories are the same for both women and men;
  • making new friends, and reconnecting with old friends, at international competitions;
  • receiving the annual report which is a very comprehensive description of what the Board, elected executive, secretaries and appointed directors have accomplished during the previous year;
  • requesting letters to insurance companies that may assist in a reduction to the member’s premium;
  • requesting letters of reference to employers who may grant time off to employees representing our Federation at international competitions;
  • knowing that the Federation advocates for its collective membership’s interests with the CWFHC, Canadian Ministry of Science and Sport, Global Affairs Canada, and various municipal governments;
  • requesting letters of reference to municipal governments that support members’ applications for local sports grants.
Members can contribute to the CMWFHCM in many ways. Here are a few:
  • supporting their Provincial Weightlifting Association in the planning and implementation of their Provincial Masters Weightlifting Championships, as well as other provincial initiatives for masters (such as open meets or social events);
  • considering volunteering for an appointed or elected position with the Canadian Masters, and/or with their Provincial Weightlifting Association;
  • acknowledging the CMWFHCM when afforded the opportunity as part of a sports media interview;
  • setting aside some time to regularly review the CMWFHCM website page for notices and updates;
  • becoming a certified coach with your local club and assisting members of all ages, including Masters;
  • completing the requirements to be a Technical Official, knowing that their volunteer service will be greatly appreciated by both weightlifting federations.
Continued involvement as a competitive weightlifter past one’s prime athletic years is a growing choice among Canadian weightlifters. There “prime athletic years” may not have been in weightlifting. The Canadian Masters have witnessed a rise in athletes joining them from other disciplines. As the membership in CMWFHCM grows, so does the membership count at the provincial level and the CWFHC. Both weightlifting federations benefit from this growth.
Remember that no other sports Federation focuses solely on weightlifters over the age of thirty; a mission that is uniquely held by the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation. The CMWFHCM invites all weightlifters over the age of thirty to discover that their home lies with this Federation. Their family awaits you!!

M Gomes (Translated by Paule Poulin)

President announces two new awards.

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CMWFHC President Announces Two New Canadian Certificates

PRÉSIDENT DE L’HALTÉROPHILIE CANADIENNE MAÎTRES ANNOUNCE DEUX NOUVEAUX PRIX

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1. HONORARY RECORDS FOR OCTOGENARIANS

 

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.

 

 

2. THE ATTOLLO AWARD CERTIFICATE

 

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

CANADIAN MASTERS 2020 WEIGHTLIFTING SEMINARS

Update 12/12/2019 Greg Doucette

 

City and Province

Host Club

Date

Please register or contact for more information

High River, Alberta

Hub PT Weightlifting Club

 

Feb 29, 2020

Jennifer Hamilton

CMFWHC member - http://bit.ly/cmwfhcmember

CMFWHC non-member- http://bit.ly/nonmember-seminar

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Reebok 306 Weightlifting Club

Further information to follow in the new year

 

Jason Cain  

www.reebokcrossfit306.com

Moncton, New Brunswick

Colosseo Weightlifting Club and CrossFit Moncton

 

April 18, 2020

Greg Doucette

Race Roster Links to follow in the new year.

 

 

CMWFHC – Who What Where

CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION

CMWFHC

HALTEROPHILIE CANADIENNE MAITRES

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

CANADIAN MASTER WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION HALTEROPHILIE CANADIENNE MAITRES

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

2019 World Masters Results

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CANADIAN TEAMS SNATCH GOLD AND SILVER
LES EQUIPES CANADIENNES ARRACHENT L’OR ET L’ARGENT

CANADIAN TEAMS SNATCH GOLD AND SILVER AT THE 2019 WORLD MASTERS

 

 

The 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championships will no doubt be long remembered by Canadian Masters lifters. First of all, the venue was held on home soil in Montreal, and from all accounts the organizers did a stellar job in making this a truly world class event. Canadian lifters responded in kind, with the Womens team capturing second place while the Men’s team captured first place.

 

The Canadian Masters Teams at international events are selected in a specific way.  First, invitations to compete at the 2019 World Masters are sent out to qualifying athletes by the IWF Masters Secretariat. Once athletes accept the invitation, the Office of the National Chair (ONC) considers two important criteria for team selection. Team points are based on an athlete’s potential medal position and the number of competitors in a category. Athletes are ranked according to their percentage of their qualifying total (QT). All of our team members had surpassed 120% of their QT. ONC also considers how many athletes are competing in the same category as the potential gold and silver medalists.  The greater the number of athletes in a category, the greater the points that can be potentially awarded. The members of the men’s and women’s teams for 2019 were as follows:

 

Team Canada Women, winning the second-place trophy was composed of (and in order of % above the QT):   Isabelle Gauthier, Laurie Meschishnick, Abigail Guerrero-Gonzales, Heather Amundred, Deidre Coburn, Rosalie Laurin-Larouche, Cathy Hambly, and Manon Poulin.

 

Team Canada Men, winning the first-place trophy was composed of (and in order of % above the QT): Marcel Perron, Doug Sinclair, Éric Chevrier, Glen Hutchinson, Gabriel Auclair, David Adams, Terry Hadlow, and Jocelyn Normand.

 

The CMWFHC also wishes to thank and congratulate all members who participated in this year’s competition. It was amazing to have over 150 of our athletes involved and we sincerely hope that it was an inspiring time of personal growth and development in your weightlifting journey. We look forward to seeing meeting you again in the year ahead.

 

 

IWF Press Release

IWF World Masters Championship reinforces weightlifting as sport for all

The IWF World Masters Championship concluded in Montreal on Saturday 24 August, following nine days of competition which showcased weightlifting as a sport that can be practised by men and women of all ages, body types, and backgrounds.

A total of 689 (385 male and 304 female athletes) from 54 countries competed in the Championship which received the original 1976 Olympic Games competition platform from Montreal. Athletes aged over 35 years of age took part in more than 90 categories divided by age and weight. This year a Preliminary Entry System was introduced to calculate the best 700 athletes per verified entry total registered.

The Championship’s oldest competitor was 87 year old Tsutomu Kobayashi from Japan, who competed in the M80/73kg and lifted a total of 77kg. Meanwhile in the women’s category, Lorraine Pelletier, born in 1943 from the host nation Canada, was the oldest female competitor and lifted a total of 66kg.

The Championships demonstrated the positive mental and physical benefits of weightlifting and the important role it can play in maintaining strength later in life.

IWF President Tamas Ajan said:

“The IWF World Masters Championship has once again demonstrated that people are never too old to get involved in weightlifting. We have seen men and women, from different countries and backgrounds, and different ages from 35 up to 87, come together through their shared love of weightlifting and the benefits it brings them. There are so many advantages of weightlifting and everyone is able to draw something different from the sport. These Championships are about more than who wins or who lifts the heaviest weights, they are about persistence and mental discipline and people challenging themselves to achieve their very best.”

The 2020 IWF Masters World Championships will be in Obrigheim, Germany from the 28 August to 6 September.

Merci – Thank you Power Performance Systems

Thank You
Merci

Power Performance Systems,

The CMWFHC would like to take a moment to thank you for all your hard work to get the team gear out to the Canadian Masters athletes. It has been brought up many times to introduce a team look for big competitions such at World Masters over the years…and although it has been done before, this has been the most successful year. It was a great pleasure to showcase our team gear in Montreal! Many of our Masters lifters proudly wore their PPS Canadian Singlet, the new bomber jackets and t-shirts and also some wore the warm-up shirts from Pan Am Masters 2018!

Thank you for being the CMWFHC team gear outfitter!

With much appreciation,

The CMWFHC Board, Advisory Committee and its Members

“best. masters world championships. ever”

Press release
For immediate release

Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

Successful Championships

Montreal, August 25, 2019 - The Montreal World Masters Weightlifting Championship concluded on Saturday. The competition, showcasing the world’s best weightlifters aged 35+, welcomed competitors from all continents, including 150 Canadians, at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre. Athletes from 60 countries were competing, a record for a World Masters Championship.

Numerous athletes enjoyed their stay in Quebec’s metropolis, as mentioned by Mario Robitaille, vice-president of the organizing committee.

“A dozen athletes told me these were the best World Master Weightlifting Championship they’ve ever been to. We put together a great championship, and we have much to be proud of. Yves Carignan (President of the organizing committee) and I are also competing, so with our experience, we know what it takes to keep the athletes happy. We are very proud, and we delivered on our promises.”

Families and friends of the competitors from all around the world could follow the competition live on two Internet platforms with a live medal count. This World Masters technological first was made possible thanks to the work of Julien Carignan, Yves Carignan’s son.

Canada's men's and women's teams finished second in the team standings.

Highest Honours to Kristi Brewer and Marcel Perron

American Kristi Brewer and Quebecois Marcel Perron were crowned the weightlifters with the best balanced scorecard across all age and weight categories.

Mario Robitaille was delighted by Perron’s victory, which represents more than a simple sporting result.

Marcel Perron and Mario Robitaille

“It’s really something to win this is Montreal! This was expected from him. He suffered a CVA three years ago, and we set up a fundraising campaign to get him special treatments. He was back on his feet quickly, but in January 2018, we didn’t know if he would be able to compete. He took about two months off before getting back in the gym.”

These World Championships closed the loop opened 40 years ago by Yves Carignan when he competed at the Montreal Olympic Games.

The next World Masters Weightlifting Championship will be held in Germany.

Canadian Medallists of the 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

August 16th
80+, M Gold Marcel Perron -73 kg
75+, M Silver Doug Sinclair -81 kg
70-74, M Silver Ken Miller -67 kg
70-74, M Silver Yvon Matte -73 kg
75+, W Gold Lorraine Pelletier -71 kg
75+, W Gold Judy Quinn -76 kg
75+, W Gold Dawn Larson -64 kg
70+, W Gold Christine Walt -81 kg
70+, W Gold Doris Hellenbart -59 kg
65-69, W Gold Susan Spencer +87 kg
65-69, W Gold Suzanne Hill -49 kg
65-69, W Gold Madeline Payne -64 kg

August 17th
60-64, M Gold Terence Hadlow -89 kg
60-64, M Silver Paul Goldberg -55 kg
60-64, M Silver Michel Piétracupa -73 kg
60-64, M Silver André Dionne -81 kg

August 18th
55-59, W Gold Laurie Meschishnick -64 kg
55-59, M Gold Jocelyn Normand -96 kg
55-59, W Silver Madeleine Waterfield -71 kg
55-59, W Silver Manon Poulin -59 kg
55-59, M Silver Behzad Allahyari -61 kg
55-59, M Bronze Jocelyn Vachon -73 kg
55-59, M Bronze Gilles Poirier -89 kg
55-59, M Bronze Andre Boutin – 96 kg

August 19th
55-59, M Silver Clive Smith +109 kg
50-54, W Bronze Danielle Ferko-Hicks -55 kg

August 20th
45-49, W GOLD Isabelle Gauthier -59 kg **world records for clean and jerk (90 kg) and total (159 kg)
45-49, W Gold Heather Amundrud -49 kg
45-49, W Bronze Karen Petursson -49 kg
45-49, W Bronze Heather Wolfe -64 kg
45-49, W Silver Lindsey Ingram -71 kg
45-49, W Silver Danielle Pirrie -81 kg
50-54, W Gold Lisa Sluik -81 kg
50-54, W Bronze Allison Sullivan -76 kg

August 21st
40-44, W Gold Abigail Guerrero Gonzalez -59 kg
40-44, W Silver Rosalie Laurin Larouche -55 kg
40-44, W Bronze Brandi McDonald -49 kg
45-49, M Gold Thomas Seniuk -89 kg
45-49, M Silver Thorin Gault -89 kg
45-49, M Gold Éric Chevrier -102 kg
45-49, M Gold David Petit -61 kg
45-49, M Silver Rumen Stoianov -81 kg
45-49, M Bronze Claude Caouette -81 kg
45-49, M Silver David Adams -96 kg
45-49, M Bronze Tirath Sandhu -109 kg

August 22nd
40-44, M Silver Sacha Amédé -96 kg
40-44, W Silver Jodi Podolas -71 kg
40-44, W Silver Cathy Hambly -81 kg
40-44, W Bronze Hannah Gray -81 kg
40-44, M Silver John Florento -61 kg
40-44, M Silver Jason Cain -81 kg
40-44, M Gold Glen Hutchison -89 kg
40-44, M Silver Ian Robinson -89 kg
40-44, M Silver Steven Bishop -102 kg
40-44, M Silver Akos Sandor +109 kg
40-44, M Bronze Mohan Shandhu -109 kg

August 23rd
35-39, W Silver Lindsay McCardle -64 kg
35-39, W Bronze Andrea Robinson -64 kg
35-39, W Bronze Meagan Apostoleris -71 kg
35-39, M Silver Albert Pilon -73 kg
35-39, M Bronze Frank Longo -81 kg
35-39, M Bronze David Spurr -89 kg

August 24th
35-39, M Gold Gabriel Auclair +109 kg

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Written by Sportcom for the Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

Information: For any interview requests with athletes, please contact Camille Asselin at: camille@malallier.com or by phone: 450-602-4002.

Yves Carignan
President of the organizing committee Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship 418-368-2948
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2019 PAN AMERICAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CANADIAN PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL CHAIR

MOVE OVER “HOT IN CLEVELAND” CAUSE ITS “HOT IN ORLANDO”

First Day, Thursday

Temperatures in Orlando have surpassed 30 degrees and the Canadians are starting to heat up the platform at the 2019 Pan American Masters. Torching the wood began with Doug Sinclair’s 58 kg Snatch on his second attempt. It got a bit scary with his first 75 kg Clean and Jerk missed, but snapped it up on his second attempt and went on to move that up again to 78 kg ending up with an impressive 136 total in the M75/81 category and securing a very nice SMF of 383.591 and a Gold.

Racking up another high SMF (403.02) was Terry Hadlow in the M60/89 category with a Snatch of 95 and Clean and Jerk of 121, totalling out with 216 kg and a Gold. Yves Carignan skipped supper and breakfast, well he must have, since he weighed in the lighter category of M65/67; or is he reserving that M65/73 spot for me when I return to the competitive platform. Yves did very well with 62 kg Snatch and 81 kg Clean and Jerk. Another nice SMF for Yves with 327.615.

Judy Quinn was taking no nonsense with her three successful Snatches, closing with 31 and then ensuring her 41 kg Clean and Jerk in her third a;empt. In the W70/71 she won the Gold with an SMF of 162.935. Not far behind on the SMF point system was another Gold medalist, Jill Miller, in the W65/64 with liMs of 28 and 38. Where these two athletes are going to keep all their awards – start building that new trophy room!!

PAN AM MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING

Canadians, Second Day, Friday

A POWERFUL STORM BLEW IN…

…and shook some platforms on Friday. Isabelle Gauthier captured a Gold in the W45/59 with a 70 Snatch and 88 kg CJ, just missing her 91, for an impressive total of 158 (273.044 SMF). And our very own Manon Poulin broke the Pan Am Masters Snatch Record in the W55/55 on her third attempt with 47 kg. With her 54 kg Clean and Jerk she totalled 101 and SMF of 204.877.

Two of our male athletes broke the 300 SMF with Silver medal awards: Thomas Seniuk (116 and 137; 253 and SMF of 364.15. Martin Walt just stepped over that marker with 95 and 116 and SMF of 306.118. Martin did not miss any of his lifts and so far, our only 6 for 6 athlete. PAN AM MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING

Canadians, Third day, Saturday

“GOLD ON THE CEILING” (the Black Keys) GOLD ON THE PLATFORM

I often listen to a group called The Black Keys and this particular song just came to mind as I thought of how well our Canadians were doing at the Pan Am Masters Weightlifting. Terry Hadlow and Doug Sinclair rose in their ranks to become Best Lifters in their age categories. I am sure there are others, but I humbly spread what I am picking up on social media. Mens Golds today included Steven Bishop, John Florento and Craig Gilbert. Craig impressively made all his Clean and Jerk attempts closing with 153. Although no Gold medals today for the Women, their performances as new international athletes were indeed gold to me. Pamela Davidson, Helen Lamarre and Brandi McDonald…you struggled and you were rewarded by stepping onto that podium and making us proud up in “We the North.”

PAN AM MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING

Canadians, last day, Sunday

Wrapping up the last day of this international event were the youngest groups of international athletes, the 35-39-year-old weightlifters. And I bet they just love being called the youngest group! Some were former or even current Senior lifters and others, just recently joining our membership in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation; some with international competitive experience and others just beginning their journey. To all our athletes in this age category, a job well done. The Men held their own, with Dave Spur surging ahead to capture his Gold with 115/155/270/342.179. The Women kept pace with Amanda Whiting securing her Silver with 67/92/159/218.859.

Here are the names of our athletes who broke Pan Am Masters Records: Sue Spencer, Manon Poulin, Isabelle Gauthier, Terry Hadlow and Steve Bishop. Congratulations!!!

Well the Sun has set on Sunday and from what I have seen and heard on social media, the Canadians were both impressive on the platform and impressed with the organizing host spearheaded by the Michael Cohen, Les Simonton, Corinne Grotenhuis and with the webmaster prowess of Sheryl Cohen. I am sure there are many others from officials, and volunteers who often go unmentioned. But my little eyes and ears at the event tell me that a fantastic job was done by each and everyone involved. Bravo!

I wish our Canadian athletes a safe trip home and for those remaining behind, enjoy the beautiful weather and our American friends. Our summer has yet to arrive. Also check your mailboxes for a little surprise.