Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

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

2019 World Masters Results

2019 world masters-sm




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

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


Written by Sportcom for the Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

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

Yves Carignan
President of the organizing committee Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship 418-368-2948




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!!


Canadians, Second Day, Friday


…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


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.”


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.

Suit Sale On Now

The last day for ordering is June 4th, 2019 at 11:59pm EST.  
This will be the last and final time for orders before Worlds.  
Orders will take approximately 4 weeks.

Le dernier jour pour commander est le 4 juin 2019 à 23h59 HNE. Ce sera la dernière et dernière fois pour les commandes avant les Mondiaux. Les commandes prendront environ 4 semaines.


Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

Lifetime Achievement Award - 2019

2019 Canadian Masters Championships and Special Awards

Championnats canadiens Maîtres 2019 Prix Spéciaux

Thorin Gault, News Editor

The 2019 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championship hummed along like an efficient machine as 150 lifters from nine provinces competed over two days. There was still time to celebrate a few of our members as there were two new Hall of Fame inductees and a lifetime achievement award presented.


Quebec’s Bezhad Allahyari was inducted into the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame with 113 points. Bezhad has accumulated eight national titles and has also competed in both the Pan Am and World Championships.


Christine Walt of Ontario also entered the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame with 113 points. In addition to many Canadian and Pan American titles, Christine has also set numerous Canadian Masters records.


Keeping it in the family, this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Bob Walt. The lifetime achievement award is reserved for individuals who have provided support and dedication to masters weightlifting and sharing a passion for the sport.


Bob’s prowess as a lifter cannot be denied as a many time national and Pan American Champion. He has also set many Canadian Masters records over his decades of participation. Bob is perhaps best known for being a coach who is always willing to help, regardless of where the lifter is from. In addition to his widely sought-after technical expertise, Bob brings an energy to the warm-up room that is second to none.


Congratulations to this year’s recipients and thank you for your contributions to the sport of Masters weightlifting.

Bob Walt Lifetime Achievement Award 2019

The Universe is Expanding / L’UNIVERS GRANDIT ET NOUS AUSSI!


At our 2019 Annual General Meeting, (the 2019 AGM minutes are attached) the assembled members gave overwhelming approval to have our Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation incorporated with the Government of Canada as a not-for-profit sports organization. On May 10 th our Board gave its unanimous support to proceed with this incorporation, which was officially concluded on May 15, 2019. This has been long overdue. Our position as a legal entity representing Masters Weightlifters in Canada, a position we simply assumed all these years, is official by this document. It preserves our name, protects our volunteers and officials, provides opportunities for external funding, safeguards our investments from lingering in private PayPal and Stripe accounts of elected officials, and affords us the dignity and respect of being a sports federation similar to our counterparts provincially and the CWFHC nationally. Although we are not and cannot be legally considered a National Sports Organization (only one NSO per sport is allowed by legislation under which Sports Canada operates) we will be more favourably regarded by the Ministry of Science and Sport.

I have expanded the Board’s Advisory Committee by inviting volunteer Representatives from each of our Western Provinces, who now join representatives from Ontario, Quebec and the Atlantic Provinces in sharing their regional successes, stories, concerns and ideas with our Board and with the general membership. This is the group who advises me on issues of national concern to Masters weightlifters in Canada. Daniel Paré continues to serve as our Vice-President, and Jodi Podolas as Secretary-Treasurer. Mario Robitaille and Heidi Schraft have agreed to continue serving as appointed Board members.

Our membership has also expanded, no doubt due to two upcoming International Events, the World Masters and the Pan Am Masters, in Canada and the USA respectively. Forty-four Canadians are registered for the Pan Americans and 158 for the World Masters. Exciting and positively busy times lie ahead for our Office of the National Chair.

I am pleased to remain on as your President for this term and appreciate the support many of you have given to me during the interim year I served as your unexpected President.

M Gomes



À notre Assemblée Générale Annuelle 2019, (le procès-verbal de l’AGA 2019 est inclus) les membres présents ont approuvé de façon écrasante d’avoir le Fédération canadienne d’haltérophilie Maîtres incorporée auprès du Gouvernement du Canada et tant qu’organisation de sports à but non lucratif. Le 10 mai notre Conseil a donné son support unanime de procéder à l’incorporation, qui a été officiellement conclue le 15 mai 2019. Ceci avait été attendu depuis longtemps. Notre position en tant qu’entité légale représentant les haltérophiles Maîtres au Canada, une position que nous avions simplement assumée pendant toutes ces années, est officielle de par ce document. Il préserve notre nom, protège nos arbitres et bénévoles, fourni des opportunités de financement, sauvegarde nos investissements en prévenant d’utiliser les comptes privés PayPal et Stripe de nos représentants élus, et nous offre la dignité et le respect d’être une fédération sportive semblable à nos homologues provinciaux et à la CWFHC au niveau national. Bien que nous ne sommes pas et nous ne pouvons être légalement considéré en tant qu’Organisme national de sport (seulement un ONS par sport est permis par la loi sous laquelle Sport Canada opère) nous serons plus favorablement considérés par le Ministère des Sciences et des Sports.

J’ai aussi agrandi le Comité consultatif de notre Conseil en invitant des représentants bénévoles de chacune de nos provinces de l’Ouest, qui se joignent maintenant à nos représentants de l’Ontario, du Québec et des provinces atlantiques à partager les succès régionaux, les histoires, les inquiétudes et les idées avec notre Conseil et avec les membres en général. C’est le groupe qui me conseille sur les questions d’intérêt national pour les haltérophiles Maîtres au Canada. Daniel Paré continue à servir en tant que Vice-Président, et Jodi Podolas en tant que Secrétaire-Trésorière. Mario Robitaille et Heidi Schraft sont d’accord de continuer de servir en tant que membres nommés du Conseil.

Le nombre de nos membres a aussi augmenté, sans doute dû à deux futures compétitions internationales, les championnats du monde et panaméricains Maîtres, au Canada et aux États-Unis respectivement. Quarante-quatre canadiens sont inscrits pour les championnats panaméricains et 158 pour les championnats du monde. Une période excitante et positivement occupée est à l’horizon pour le bureau du Président national.

Je suis satisfait de demeurer votre Président pour ce terme et j’apprécie le support que plusieurs d’entre vous m’avez donné durant l’année par intérim que j’ai passée en tant que votre président inattendu.

M Gomes