Megan Apostoleris from Nova Scotia(1)
Canadian Grand Master Isabelle Gauthier and Coach Evgeuni Romanov (1)
Doug Sinclair from Manitoba(1)


It might be winter, but the sport of masters weightlifting will be sizzling with Canadian Masters Weightlifters at the Wyndham Resort International in Orlando, Florida. From December 2-10, weights will be flung overhead, weightlifting shoes will be fixed on the weightlifting platform and the Canadian flag will be flown on the podium during the 2022 World Masters Weightlifting Championships. This international masters event is hosted by the USAW and its Masters Committee under the leadership of Chairman Michael Cohen. Canadian athletes are well represented over their ten bodyweight categories and eleven age categories. John Margolis and Doris Hellenbart have the honour of representing Canada in the 80 and 75 age categories, respectively. Competing will be 64 women and 46 men.


This is also the first World Masters Weightlifting Championships which will include adaptive athletes competing as para weightlifters. In Canada, the athletes in this newly included category are referred to as Para Weightlifters. The International Masters Weightlifting Association (IMWA) has opted to use the USAW expression “adaptive weightlifting.” Representing Canada will be Nalani Perry, from Nova Scotia,and Saskatchewan’s Scott Glass. The inclusion of para weightlifting in Canada started with the development of policies and procedures by their President, Mark Gomes and the promotion of this inclusivity by their Federation’s Director for the Advancement of Para Weightlifting, Nalani Perry. More information can be found here: PARA WEIGHTLIFTING / PARA HALTÉROPHILIE – Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation ( The Canadian Masters Weightlifting community was very pleased to see the International Masters Weightlifting Association, under the leadership of Secretariat Denise Offermann and General Secretary William (Bill) Barton, take the bold step to quickly invite and welcome adaptive athletes into the international community as adaptive athletes/para weightlifters.


Qualifying for the World Masters Championships is not an easy task, particularly with the reduced opportunity to participate in qualifying competitions during the Covid pandemic restrictions. But these athletes did just that and have well surpassed the qualifying totals in every single age and bodyweight category. Without competitions sanctioned by Canadian Provincial Weightlifting Associations (affiliates of Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie, “WCH”) and their own Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation Haltérophilie Canadienne Maîtres (CMWFHCM), these athletes would haven not reached their current level of achievement and an invitation from the Internal Masters Weightlifting Association to participate.


Although all participating members constitute the “Canadian Team”, the official Canadian team is selected by the National Chair based on the award points accumulated by ten women and ten men selected. Selection-of-World-Masters-Teams.Sélection-des-équipes-mondiales-de-maîtres.pdf ( explains how the Canadian Team points are derived from the ten team members’ award medals accomplishments.


Here are the Canadian Team members in alphabetical order, by Provincial affiliation, and age/bodyweight category.

If you know these athletes, please generously support them to help defray some of their expenses; for as you know, Masters are solely financially responsible for competing in national and international masters championships. Masters Federations do not receive government funding, though some Provincial Weightlifting Associations may provide some grants.


Surname FIRST Prov M/W CAT
Adams David NL M M45/89
Akasaka Carol BC W W50/64
Amede Sacha NB M M45/96
Apostoleris Megan NS W W40/71
Astle Craig SK M M40/73
Auclair Gabriel QC M M35/109+
Barazzuol Carol ON W W50/76
Bishop Steven PE M M45/102
Boray Anita QC W W45/55
Boutin André QC M M60/89
Brouillard Karine QC W W40/+87
Burk Liisa ON W W55/81
Buzinhani Melisssa QC W  W45/45
Cameron Heather `BC W W55/64
Caouette Claude QC M M50/73
Carignan Yves QC M M70/67
Collins Cynthia CAN W W40/81
Cormier Remi QC M M35/81
Coughlan Crista SK W W50/+87
Crane Jamie ON M M55/89
Croteau Manon QC W W55/59
Crotty Chris NL M M55/102
Datema Melanie ON W W45/64
David Janella BC W W45/49
Delisle Annie-Claude QC W W45/64
Deshaye Matt AB M M40/89
Desroches David ON M M65/109
Dessureault Dave ON M M50/89
Dewar Sandy AB W W65/76
Di Pierro Connie ON W W40/76
Doucette Greg NB M M55/81
Douglas Iain ON M M70/102
Florento John ON M M40/61
Foster Richelle AB W W35/87+
Francoeur Valerie QC W W35/59
Francoeur Providence QC W W45/71
Garden John NS M M55/89
Gaudet Danielle NB W W35/59
Gauthier Jason ON M M55/109
Gauthier Isabelle QC W W50/59
Gilbert Craig MB M M45/+109
Glass Scott SK M PW6/M50/96
Gray Hannah AB W W45/87
Green Jana MB W W40/76
Guenette Sylvie ON W W55/64
Gyarmati Brenda ON W W50/59
Hambly Cathy BC W W40/81
Hamilton Jennifer AB W W40/64
Hellenbart Doris ON W W75/55
Herbert Martine ON W W40/71
Huot Maxime QC M M35/81
Hutchinson Glen AB M M45/89
Jeffrey Joanne ON W W40/49
Johnson James ON M M40/102
Ki Virginia ON W W35/71
Kielty Paula ON W W55/55
Kim Kiho CAN M M55/67
Knudsen Laura ON w W40/76
Ko Sharon BC W W35/71
Korkowski Raf BC M M40/109+
Krinsky Warren BC M M40/89
Lander Karen ON W W65/64
Lanthier Cybele QC W W55/64
Larviere Martine QC W W55/55
Lavechia Krystal ON W W35/55
Ly Tin QC M M50/67
MacMillan Adrian PE M M45/109
Manuel Eugene NB M M50/81
Margolis John QC M M80/81
Matte Yvon QC M M75/73
McCardle Lindsay ON W W35/64
Meschishnick Laurie SK W W55/64
Miller Ken NB M M75/67
Miller Jill NB W W70/59
Normand Jocelyn QC M M60/96
Ogle David BC M M35/89
Penny Allison NL W W40/71
Perry Nalani NS W PW6/W40/87+
Piel-glade Linsey MB W W35/87
Pietracupa Michel QC M M60/73
Pineault James ON M M55/96
Pirrie Danielle ON W W45/81
Poitras Anne Marie NB W W40/71
Poulin Manon QC W W55/59
Pridham Tyler BC M M35/89
Purac Stella BC W W50/55
Quinn Judy ON W W70/76
Reid Jil SK W W40/81
Reyes Jay ON W W40/87
Robertson Jordan ON W W40/64
Robson Frances SK W W60/59
Ross Dawn NS W W50/55
Roussel Mireille QC W W40/71
Sanderson Tim ON M M55/109
Sandhu Tirath BC M M50/109
Sandhu Mohan ON M M45/102
Slack Alan SK M M50/96
Smith Chris ON M M60/81
Stein Tracey AB W W35/87
Stewart Ruth BC W W65/71
Stranges Shaelene UK W W35/76
Tasnadi Attila NB M M45/81
Tortorici Nicola QC M M36/67
Villagonzolo Marifé ON W W50/71
Waller Aurora MB W W45/55
Warner Pamela ON W W40/49
Waterfield Madeleine ON W W55/81
White Theron BC M M40/89
Zirkle Molly ON W W55/59


2022 Pan Am Masters Weightlifting Championships

Isabelle Gauthier - Best Women Athlete


Here are the results of all the Canadian athletes who competed at the 2022 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships.

Special congratulations to Isabelle Gauthier, from Montréal, who captured not only a Gold Medal but also World Masters and Pan American Masters records in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, and Total.

Looking at the Team Points, our Team may have placed second, but they are gold material! Well done Team Canada.!!!



Voici les résultats de tous les athlètes canadiens qui ont participé aux Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie des maîtres 2022.

Félicitations spéciales à Isabelle Gauthier, de Montréal, qui a remporté non seulement une médaille d’or, mais aussi des records de maîtres du monde et de maîtres panaméricains dans l’arraché, l’épaule jété et les totaux.

En regardant les points d’équipe, notre équipe s’est peut-être classée deuxième, mais ce sont des matériaux en or! Bravo à Équipe Canada.!!!

2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships news

2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships news


Canadians capture medals at the 2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships

2021 Pan Am Masters Team Plaques

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.

Team Guardian Amanda Whiting (left) and Nichole-Jade Lee (Silver Medalist)


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,

Team Guardian Andre Boutin and Pamela Davidson-Warner (Silver Medalist)

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. 

Canadians Receive their Awards

Isabelle Gauthier.Best Womens Lifter. 2021 CMWC and Coach Eugeni Romanov

championnats canadiens d’haltérophilie des maîtres 2021

Best Lifter Plaques 2021

2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships

Glen Hutchinson.Best Mens Lifter.2021 CMWC





Our 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships were certainly a unique approach at trying to avoid the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic by providing a different and unique approach to our National Meet. All members were eligible to enter this competition without a qualifying total.  And our World Masters participants, upon paying their entry fee, were allowed to submit their totals from the World Masters as their Canadian Masters lifts. Thanks to Dakota Weightlifting Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for organizing the event, the referees and tabulating a considerable amount of data.

Despite these pandemic challenges, two athletes stood out as being our best overall weightlifters.  Our best Woman athlete was Isabelle Gauthier, from Montréal, Québec and our best male athlete was Glen Hutchinson, from Okotoks, Alberta. Both, of course, were Gold Medal winners at the 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. 

You may recall Isabelle’s accomplishments at the World Masters in Montreal where she captured the Clean and Jerk World Record (90 kg) and the Total Record (159 kg) in the same W45/59 Category.  Women’s Team Canada took the Silver Award that year due to her and her teammates’ excellent lifting.  She also came very close to being the World Masters Best Woman Weightlifter, placing second. This year Isabelle lifted 70 kg in the Snatch and 88 kg in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 158 kg at the World Masters/Canadian Masters Championships and secured the Gold Medal for both Meets.

You may recall Glen Hutchinson, who was a strong member of the Men’s Team at the 2019 Montreal World Masters.  His lifts of 115 kg Snatch and 140 kg Clean and Jerk for a total of 255 kg, earned him a gold medal and his Team a gold medal in 2019.  This year Glen Snatched 117 kg, Clean and Jerked 147 kg and Totaled 264 kg, at the World Masters (Silver Medal)/Canadian Masters Championships (Gold Medal). Watch out for him in 2022; he’s a man on a mission!!

I expect to see both Isabelle and Glen in New Brunswick, for the 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships defending their titles and enjoying friendly sights, sounds and folks of Moncton.

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

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.

“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.

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