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Bonnes nouvelles! Good News!


Good News about our Weightlifting Apparel

If you were wishing to purchase any Canadian Masters Weightlifting sports apparel, we are able to make this possible. A special thanks to Director Nalani Perry for coordinating this arrangement with Gameday, the same company used by the USAW Masters.


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2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships

2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships Announced


The 2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships will be held by Driven Barbell Club from Midland, Ontario. Our Facility | Driven Midland  Driven Barbell Club operates under the direction and leadership of Joanne Jeffrey, one of our well-known Masters Weightlifter, and Alex Jeffrey. Their facility will be made available for you to workout prior to the competition. 


Our tentative date is July 15 and 16, 2023, with due consideration to international masters’ competitions.  The annual general meeting would be held the evening of July 14.  The venue will be the North Simcoe Sports & Recreation Centre, which is wheelchair accessible and has ample free parking, a double gym with folding segregation wall, internet access, change rooms, washrooms, seating, weigh-in room and staff/volunteer refreshment room.  North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre - Midland - Arena Guide ( 


The Town of Midland is located in the heart of one of our nation’s most beautiful recreational area and offers a range of activities to make it a four-season destination. It’s only a 30-minute drive Northwest of Barrie. During your free time at our national competition, Midland has a dynamic recreational waterfront, which includes the picturesque harbour, and waterfront trail for walking, biking and rollerblading. You will also have the opportunity to view the beautiful horticultural displays throughout Midland and enjoy a relaxing afternoon at Little Lake Park. If you are more of a shopper, take a stroll through the hub of the downtown area and enjoy an array of boutiques, restaurants and services, as well as the beautiful murals scattered throughout the downtown core.


The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation recognizes that the location of our National Championships is on land which is the traditional and Treaty territory of the Anishinabek people, now known as the Chippewa Tri-Council comprised of Beausoleil First Nation, Rama First Nation, and the Georgina Island First Nation. 


More information will be posted on our website under “Events” as more details are provided.


Another First for the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

Another First for the CMWFHCM - Une autre première pour la CMWFHCM


Another First for the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

A small but significant step towards the inclusion of Para Weightlifting


The 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships which just concluded last month in Moncton, New Brunswick, included their very first in-person adaptive athlete competing as a Para Weightlifter.  Nalani Perry, who competed in the Women’s 40-44 age and 87+ bodyweight categories, was successful at all six attempts, three for each contested lift.  Her highest Snatch attempt of 36 kg and Clean and Jerk attempt of 45 kg gave her an 81 kg total and qualified her for the 2022 World Masters Championships this December in Orlando. Nalani will compete as an “adaptive athlete” the nomenclature used by the USAW Masters and the International Weightlifting Federation Masters Committee.  In Canada adaptive athletes who are members of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation are referred to as Para Weightlifters.  They are adaptive athletes using some modifications to the rules of Olympic style weightlifting.


Due to a condition called Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) with her joints being in an unstable position, Nalani competed in the PW5 Para Weightlifting category, “Limited Range of Motion and Joint Instability.”


More information about Canadian Para Weightlifting can be found here:

PARA WEIGHTLIFTING / PARA HALTÉROPHILIE – Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation (


I had the pleasure of interviewing Nalani.

This journey into our sport must certainly involve trusted individuals by your side.  Do you have a support team working with you?

 I have a team of people that I work with on a regular basis that I'd like to mention.  My coaches present at the National Championships were Morgan Crowe and Cody Steeves. Behind the scenes I have a support team that includes my Physiotherapist  Mike Connors, Athletic Therapist Eric Richard, and Massage Therapist & Acupuncturist Bruce Bradley all from Young Kempt Physiotherapy; and my Sport Dietitian Michaela Henderson from Coastal Sport & Wellness. The team of people that work with me as an adaptive athlete are instrumental to my success.  These people keep me able to be active and do the things I love to do (like lifting).


 How did you get involved in weightlifting as an adaptive athlete?

Pre-weightlifting I started out in CrossFit. My physiotherapist (Michael Connors, Young Kempt Physiotherapy) had joined a CrossFit gym and he spoke highly of the type of functional fitness that CrossFit provided for him during our physiotherapy sessions. The more he talked about it, the more I wanted to try it. So, I ended up taking the 'introduction to CrossFit'  Discovery Sessions at CrossFit Basinview in Bedford, Nova Scotia. The instructor mentioned that I was a natural at Olympic weightlifting, which was exactly how I felt as well.  I naturally gravitated toward Olympic weightlifting as time went on. I was doing a mixture of CrossFit classes and weightlifting classes for about two years but completely fell in love with Olympic weightlifting. It became a passion and gives me joy. Once the pandemic hit, I moved to just doing Olympic weightlifting with metabolic conditioning instead of CrossFit and I haven't looked back.


Initially I didn't approach weightlifting as 'adaptive' for me. None of us knew it existed as we hadn't heard of any adaptive athletes in Olympic weightlifting. So, we just approached it as a "do what you can with what you have" attitude. That means what I do today may not be what I do tomorrow. As an adaptive athlete, the 'field of play' can be very different day-to-day based on how I'm feeling, what injuries I have, and any modifications I need to make. I may need to use bracing, or not, depending on these factors. We very rarely say 'no' to doing anything and that means a lot as an adaptive athlete.  Modifications can be made to every exercise and movement.  You just have to find the right way of doing it for the individual in keeping with the intended movement pattern.


As an adaptive athlete, Olympic weightlifting has changed my life. It gives me a means to strengthen my body and be alongside a team of athletes that don't care if I'm adaptive or able-bodied. They treat me just like anyone else and support me as I support them.


What are some of your personal thoughts as a Para Weightlifter at the Nationals Championships?

I have to admit Nationals was my first big competition. I had only ever done one other local, much smaller, competition, so it was a little nerve-wracking for me. Luckily, I had another team member also competing (Brittany Klingmann), and one of my local coaches Morgan Crowe. Cody Steeves was also coaching us that day as he's a team member, but also a coach in Dieppe, NB. It felt great to have these folks together and experience our first in-person Nationals together!


Everyone in the warmup area was very supportive of each other. Lots of smiles, and a little bit of nerves for the athletes. I'm not sure anyone actually knew I was an adaptive athlete, but if they did, they certainly hid it well. I was treated just like everyone else, which was appreciated. The camaraderie was evident as the ladies and their coaches were ready to bring their strength to the platform and show what they were there to do.


In terms of the field of play, it was exciting. I knew what I was there to do, and I was driven to do it. There was a lot of adrenaline. I wanted to put up a qualifying total for the World Championships, and also show that adaptive athletes can absolutely complete in this sport. I may, or may not, look a little different but it doesn't mean that I can't lift alongside able-bodies athletes.


Going 6 for 6 was the optimal outcome of the competition for me. We made calculated conservative goals for each lift and had different plans for different scenarios based on how my snatches went so that I could put up the qualifying total for Worlds. Safety was of the utmost importance of course. Once I hit that total, I went for it and it was exhilarating. I made a big  kg jump between my second and third attempt at C&J because I personally wanted to leave everything on that platform, in that field of play, in order for me to feel like I had won. Boy did I ever! It was one of the best experiences of my lifting to date. Having the confidence in yourself, and in the prep work you've done in advance of the competition was everything. It all came together seamlessly, and I'm very appreciative of everyone that has gotten me to this place.


Receiving a gold medal as the first female para weightlifter in Canada was amazing. I couldn't have asked for a better achievement and I'm grateful that the CMWFHCM has a para weightlifting program that adaptive athletes can take part in.


What are your goals as an adaptive athlete competing as a para weightlifter?

Short Term Goals: I'm currently working on bettering my technique. It's a never-ending goal!  I'm also focusing on building additional strength in the areas of my body that need it so that I can be a stronger athlete overall.  I know you have to put in just as much effort for accessory work just as much as the two lifts themselves! I'll be competing in a local event in September, and I'll be starting to prepare for the IWF Masters World Championships in Orlando, FL in December, as well as the World Masters Cup in NZ in March (2023). I'm looking forward to continuing to show that adaptive athletes can be para weightlifters.


Long Term Goals: I would like to continue to compete locally, nationally and internationally. It's my goal to prove and show that adaptive athletes can be para weightlifters. There is no better way to show something, than to prove that it can be done, and done successfully. I am currently collaborating with Weightlifting Nova Scotia to implement an adaptive athlete program for para weightlifters in Nova Scotia. It is eventually my goal that this para weightlifting program will drive a framework that can be used for the sport so that the weightlifting community has the supports in place to implement adaptive programs nationally. Adaptive Athletes need to see themselves in this sport, so let's provide them with the opportunities to do that.

We see Nalani’s attempts in these two exciting photos.  The first is Nalani completing her successful Snatch attempt of 36 kg (moving the barbell from the platform and over her head in one complete and fluid motion). From that position, Nalani extended her legs, stood up, and awaited the head referee’s signal to return the bar to the platform. In the second photo, Nalani is in the “catch” position of the Jerk portion of her successful 45 kg Clean and Jerk attempt.  Prior to that photo, Nalani lifted the barbell off the platform and guided it to her shoulder-clavicle area of her chest.  From that position, she dipped, incorporating a slight bending of her legs at the knees, and pushed the barbell overhead.  In this photo, her arms have reached their full extension with the weight centered just above her head, and her legs supporting the weight, using a split leg technique.  After this photo frame, Nalani returned her legs, fully extended, into the standing position and awaited the referee’s signal to return the bar to the platform.


Nalani was awarded a gold medal for her performance, to which we are sure many awards will follow.  Also included is a picture that shows the competitors of Session 7, of which Nalani shared many exciting moments with and a picture of Federation President, Mark Gomes, proudly awarding Nalani her Gold Medal.

2022 Canadian Masters Photos

2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships Pictures

(Our thanks to Julie Patterson – these photos will only be available for a short time. Nos remerciements à Julie Patterson - ces photos ne seront disponibles que pendant une courte période.)

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    Session #1 W/F 55,60,65,70,75

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    Session #2 M/H 60,65,70,75,80,85+

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    Session #3 F/W 45, 50, 55

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    Session #4 H/M 55, 60

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    Session #5 W/F 40, 45

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    Session #6 M/H 45, 50,55

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    Session #7 F/W 35, 40

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    Session #8 H/M 40, 45

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    Session #9 W/F 30, 35

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    Session #10 M/H 30, 35

President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

Ed masters singlet

Ed Fergusson


When I was a grade 11 student, I began my weightlifting career at the YMCA in Edmonton.  Our group had a corner of a large, second floor multiuse gymnasium full of York free weights. The gym was frequented by weightlifters and powerlifters (who in those days tended to be the same athletes) and other members of the YMCA. At that time, I was being coached by my older brother, but many times I had the benefit of coaches Ed Fergusson and Larry Mather.


Ed and Larry were high school industrial arts teachers and very active in their schools’ athletic programs.  Their prior skills as professional tradesman were put to good use in the construction of squat racks, weightlifting platforms and various gym equipment.   As a student, I was quite in awe of working out with these two teachers. Ed and Larry, along with some of the “older” guys formed the Edmonton Weightlifting Association in 1970 which was later expanded and become the Alberta Weightlifting Association.


Ed continued to be very involved in planning the 1977 Canadian Championships and the 1978 Commonwealth Games.  At the school level Ed coached clubs from 1963 to 2005. Ed went on to earn his Coaching Levels 1,2,3 under the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP) and the Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from its USA National Association. Ed is an active International Level 2 Technical Official and I believe he has conducted over forty Level One NCCP courses and several Level Two courses in Alberta and Yukon.


Ed first competed as a Masters at the 1977 Pan American Masters Championships in Edmonton. He competed in the 1996 World Masters Championships in Collingwood, Ontario. When the 2005 World Masters was held in Edmonton, Ed was back on the competition platform. It was at this event that Ed, along with one of his former students, Kevin Zimmerman, manufactured, set up and maintained the competition platform; once again putting is professional carpentry skills into action. With another former student, they built ten warm-up platforms.  Ed supplied six platforms, complete with bars and weights from his own gym which was used in the pre-competition training area. Ed went on to compete in the 2008 World Masters in Greece.


After forty years, I eventually reconnected with Ed at the 2013 Canadian Masters Championships in Toronto, but then missed his company at the 2017 Canadian Masters in Lake Country, BC and the 2018 PanAm/Canadian Masters Championships in Gaspé.

As the incoming President of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation, I reappointed Ed as the Western Representative for our Federation, a post he held for many years. When I restructured our Federation to have a representative in each province, Ed willingly stayed on to represent British Columbia.  Ed has been an asset to our Federation and a good friend. At the young age of 87, Ed coaches several times a week at two different gyms in Parksville, BC and holds the prestigious position as the oldest member of our Federation with an unbroken membership history with us.


Many of us are proud to call Ed a friend, mentor and a most respected member of our Weightlifting community.  On behalf of all Canadian Masters, I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Ed Fergusson, our 2022 recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award.  Ed will be receiving an award plaque, Certificate, social media recognition and a lifetime membership in our Federation.


Mark A Gomes

President and National Chair, CMWFHCM

President announces new award

President announces new award


Canadian Masters Coach Award


The President of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation announced today that the Federation will recognize the valuable services of its members’ coaches with the Canadian Masters Coach Award. Any coach, with membership in a Provincial Weightlifting Association, is eligible.


Nominations are made to the President by any one of the coach’s athletes using the form located on this website under “Awards” where a full description of the award can also be found.


The Nomination deadline is January 31.  Download Nomination Form Here

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.

The 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships – a show case of true champions!!! A message from Mark Gomes

The 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships – a show case of true champions!!! A message from Mark Gomes


It was Friday, April 26, 2019, the evening before the first day of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, the Annual General Meeting. The competition on the Saturday and Sunday was held in St. Thomas and hosted by Daniel Paré of St. Thomas Strength Athletics. After acclaimed as VP the year before and having to appoint myself President, this meeting was the first time I had the opportunity to address our members. I was self appointed as an interim president, with the members’ approval and the meeting went well.

Just before the meeting concluded, an energetic young man ran up to me with a bid in his hand for the 2020 Canadian Championships. He had a demonstrably worried look on his face, believing he had missed the deadline. Well, the deadline was not until midnight but there were other bids to review. The new interim Board I assembled was asked to review the bids and to consider a variey of factors, such as recent geographic hosting, experience hosting a competiton, support of their Provincial Weightliting Association, budget plans, and organizational structure. (A full protocol document is on our website). They were impressed with the bid from the Dakota Weightlifting Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This gentleman was Craig Gilbert, the soon to be Competition Director of the 2020 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships.

And then that darned Covid-19 blew into town and as the competition drew closer, I had no choice as President to come up with some alternate plans. We first thought of postponing the meet, but many of the host committee members were health professionals already being tasked with community duties and others whose time outside those dates were already committed for their families and the entire pandemic situation was worsening. It was then, I decided to cancel the competition altogether as the travel restrictions began its stranglehold on our members. Perhaps we could try for 2021, I thought. We realized in due time, that this pandemic was not going to let up in time.

It was the quick thinking of the Competition Director, the Dakota Club, and its organizing committee that we should offer the 2021 Championships in a video style format. Over the following months Craig, with his committee, and I, with my Advisory Committee, eventually came up with the plan you saw come to fruition. The requirements and directions were clear and it offered a fair and equitable opportunity to all members of the Federation.

Craig Gilbert - DWC

We had an excellent turnout of 160 members. Fifty-four percent representing the west coast and prairie provinces, 35 % representing Ontario and Quebec, 8 % from the Atlantic Provinces and 2 % were Canadians living abroad. Our women weightlifters made up 58% of all the participants. Sixty-three percent of all our athletes were between the ages of 35 and 49 and 88 percent of all athletes were under the age of 60. Special mention to two men, in the 80+ age category, Peter Szita from Sainte-Therese, Québec and the one and only Ed Fergusson of Nanaimo, British Columbia; our favourite Octogenarian from the West. The accomplishments of our members can be found on this website – all of them Champions!!!!

We had sixteen members in the age 30 category. This category is unique in Masters Weightlifting, in Canada only. Although it cannot be used for International Masters Competitions, it certainly gives our transitioning members a wonderful introduction to Masters Weightlifting. A milestone also took place at this year’s championships. We invited, and he accepted, Scott Glass to be our first para weightlifter participating in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. You can find more on Scott in a separate article. Para weightlifting does not exist as an official sport, but that did not stop us from including para-athletes into our national competition. I will later release further information about the different categories of para weightlifters permitted to participate in our Nationals and some directions for our technical officials. So welcome Scott Glass, our Para Weightlifting advisor.

To round this out, we cannot complete a successful competition without the great assistance of Technical Officials. I was so impressed and happy that so many technical officials answered my call for volunteers. They all share the love of weightlifting at all age levels coupled with their education and training from their Provincial Weightlifting Association affiliates of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. Thanks go out to all our 27 technical officials.

By accepting the totals from the 2021` World Masters Championships as totals for the 2021 Canadian Masters Championships, those members will now have a total, along with the other participants, for the 2022 World Masters Championships, with ample time to improve those totals if desired.

As this distasteful pandemic starts to wind down, and competitions begin resuming, we expect many of our members will be preparing for the 2022 Moncton Canadian Masters in June, the World Masters Games in May and the World Masters Championships in December (see WMG vs WMC on our website).

To all of our participating members, I sincerely appreciate the support you have given to our Federation and I wholeheartedly invite you to be part of our family next year. We need each other to ensure that our Federation remains a strong and vibrant advocate for Masters Weightlifting in Canada.

Thank you to DWC and Refs

Thank you to DWC and Refs


The CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION extends its heartfelt appreciation to


the Dakota Weightlifting Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, our Competition Director Craig Gilbert and to the following referees for volunteering to provide their time and expertise in adjudicating all the athletes’ contested Olympic lifts provided in video format.

Our gracious and dedicated referees were:


George Vlahos Carol Akasaka Marie Claude Bernard Svetlana Roguel
Jasmine Grignon Kathee Le Mario Robitaille Paule Poulin
Allison Sullivan Linda Earnshaw Mike Miller Kevin Zimmerman
Jill Miller Krista Sansom Thorin Gault Amanda Whiting
Peter Rhone Greg Doucette Yves Carignan Caroline Mundell
John Florento Kim Rai Jose Gomez Sonora Venables
Ken Miller Sarah Condon Danielle Holdsworth


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