Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

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

CANADA’S BEST MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS

LES MEILLEURS MAÎTRES HALTÉROPHILES CANADIENS REҪOIVENT LEURS PRIX

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CANADA’S BEST MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS

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

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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

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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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The Start of Something New – Para Weightlifting at the CMWC

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The Start of Something New - Para Weightlifting at the CMWC

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PARA WEIGHTLIFTING

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation welcomed its first para weightlifter, Scott Glass, from Regina Saskatchewan at the 2021 virtual Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. Scott approached the Canadian Masters president last March inquiring about the possibility of competing as a para-athlete at the 2021 virtual Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. Training out of the Shrinking Shutski Club in Regina and supported by the Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association, Scott was more than pleased when he was welcomed into the Canadian Masters; this despite the Federation not having a policy on para weightlifting. With a Snatch of 44 kg and a Clean Jerk of 66 kg, Scott totaled 110 kg and secured the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation’s First Para Weightlifting medal and record in the M45/102/PW8 category. This Category invites para weightlifters with a “Limited Range of Motion.”

Scott is so dedicated to help develop para weightlifting, even if be at the time only applicable to the CMWFHCM single National event, that he was approached to be, and accepted, the role of the Para Weightlifting Advisor to the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation.

Para weightlifting does not exist as one of the Canadian para sports. Sports Canada does recognize para powerlifting, but that is a very different sport. As a result, there is no such entity as para weightlifting at the Canadian Provincial or at the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. However, if a provincial weightlifting association is open to modifying its competition requirements, and permits an athlete to be a member, we at the Canadian Masters will do as much as we can to welcome and include athletes requiring modifications to their weightlifting contested movements. Unfortunately, para weightlifting does not exist at the international masters or senior level, though there are pockets of para weightlifters (referred to as adaptive weightlifters) at various clubs within the USA Weightlifting Federation and United States weightlifting clubs.

At the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, the CMWFCM will recognize these new Categories for competition and record purposes : Blind or Visually Impaired, Intellectually Disabled, Amputee (single arm, single leg or shoulder strap), Amputee with Prosthesis (arm or leg), and Limited Range of Motion. Inclusion of the paraathlete into weightlifting demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling our mission: “The Federation is dedicated to the promotion and development of Masters Olympic Weightlifting in Canada and shall represent the interests of Canadian Master Weightlifters. It will do so in a spirit of equity and fair play, while at the same time encouraging a fit for life philosophy.” Welcoming para-athletes into Masters weightlifting greatly enhances both their physical and mental well being. At present there are no specific training courses offered by the Canadian Weightlifting Federation for para weightlifters’ coaches or for technical officials who adjudicate para weightlifters’ attempts at competitions. This will indeed be a challenging area for the athlete’s supportive individuals. Because of this, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation has developed a policy guideline which can be used by athletes, coaches and technical officials in their attempts adapt their coaching, teaching and refereeing styles and responsibilities.

Although the 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships was virtual, our 2022 Championships will be an in-person event in beautiful Moncton, New Brunswick. Between now and then, we hope that more athletes like Scott, supported by their Provincial Weightlifting Association, will train and compete at this prestigious competition.

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

2021 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT

Jill miller

Jill Miller

2021 PRIX DE RÉALISATION DE DURÉE DE VIE 2021

2021 LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENT
2021 PRIX DE RÉALISATION DE DURÉE DE VIE 2021

If you are an Ontario Weightlifter and/or have competed Nationally, you will no doubt have had the pleasure of encountering Jill in one of the following endeavours: competing with Jill, being officiated by Jill, officiating with Jill, coached by Jill, coach-adjudicated by Jill, instructed by Jill in the NCCP coaching course, or enjoyed the company and hospitality of Jill and Ken.

 

Jill has been a member of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation since 1990 and has served in the weightlifting community in various capacities; locally (President and coach -Blue Mountain Weightlifting Club), provincially (technical official, President of the OWA, host and organizer of several Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships) or internationally (International Technical Official at numerous international masters championships, organizing committee member of the 1996 World Masters, a supervisor at the 2015 Toronto Pan American Weightlifting Championships in Oshawa, Ontario).

 

Jill’s competitive participation at thirteen World Masters (the first one was in 1993), eleven Canadian Masters and thirteen Pan American Masters has elevated her into the Canadian Masters Hall of Fame with 226 points and one of our top ten inductees. Jill has also been inducted into World Masters Hall of Fame, the Pan American Masters Hall of Fame, and her own community’s Collingwood Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Jill joins her husband Ken (also a Hall of Fame member of the CMWFHCM), in achieving the stature of our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.  The Millers continue to spread the “gospel” of weightlifting, at all levels, in their new Province of New Brunswick.  Jill and Ken were recently appointed as ITO Advisors to the CMWFHCM and serve on its Board’s Advisory Committee.

 

Jill is an admirable example of a member whose voluntarism continues to build strong professional ties between the CWFHC and the CMWFHCM. She has always been, and continues to be, a well-respected member of the international masters weightlifting community.

 

We are proud to have Jill in our community of Canadian Masters weightlifters and with the honour and respect befitting a member of her status, award her our Lifetime Achievement Award.

 

Jill, on behalf of all the members of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation, our heartfelt Congratulations to you for your stalwartly contribution to Masters Weightlifting in Canada.

 

Mark A Gomes

President and National Chair, CMWFHCM

President Announces Hosts for 2021-23 Canadian Masters Championships / Le président annonce les hôtes des Championnats canadiens des maîtres 2021-2023

Hosts for 2021, 2022, and 2023 Canadian Nationals Announced

Annonce des hôtes pour les championnats nationaux canadiens 2021, 2022 et 2023

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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HOSTS FOR UPCOMING CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

I am delighted to announce that the Board and its Advisory Committee have approved the hosts for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. We have decided to honour the bid from the Dakota Weightlifting Club and the Manitoba Weightlifting Association as the host for 2021, seeing that the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 Championships in Winnipeg.

 

Masters Weightlifting continues to grow in the Atlantic Region, with the valued work of our Atlantic Representative, Greg Doucette, and the NBWA. In support of that growth, our Board and its Advisory Committee have approved The Colosseo Weightlifting Performance Association, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Weightlifting Association as the host for the 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships.

 

We have also approved the North Bay Norsemen and Valkyries to host the 2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. Masters Weightlifting is also seeing an expansion in Northern Ontario. We are excited to see Coach Larry Sheppard and the Ontario Weightlifting Association step forward to support Masters Weightlifting.

 

We are very fortunate to have all three championships situated in beautiful and accessible Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Moncton and North Bay) and organized by three very respected members of their Provincial Weightlifting Associations (Craig Gilbert, Greg Doucette and Larry Sheppard).

 

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation is very pleased to be working with the CWFHC Affiliates, the Manitoba Weightlifting Association, the New Brunswick Weightlifting Association, the Ontario Weightlifting Association and their registered clubs, in providing the opportunity for Masters Weightlifters throughout this country to showcase their Weightlifting accomplishments.

 

Details of these competitions will be provided on this website at the appropriate times. https://cdnmastersweightlifting.org/upcoming-events/

 

2019 Attollo Award Winners Announced

Attollo Award Winners Announced

PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES ATTOLLO AWARD RECIPIENTS
LE PRESIDENT ANNONCE LES RECIPIENTS DU PRIX ATTOLLO

The Attollo Award is achieved when a member of our Federation either gets a Gold at least three required competitions (Gold Award) or has participated in at least three of the same required competitions (Participation Award). The required competitions are the athletes Provincial Masters, Canadian Masters, Pan American Masters or World Masters Championships. Members are required to contact the President to ensure that they are included.

 

Accomplishing this achievement in our sport of Masters Weightlifting does not come easy. It requires great fitness, determination, dedication, and of course, considerable personal expenses.

 

Congratulations to Gold Award Recipients, Yves Carignan, John Florento, Isabelle Gauthier, Jill Miller, Manon Poulin, Tim Sanderson, Doug Sinclair, and Christine Walt.

 

Congratulations to Participation Award Recipients: Sacha Amédé, Steven Bishop, John Case, Chris Crotty, Iain Douglas, Craig Gilbert, Doris Hellenbart, Michael Jackson, Ken Miller, Madeleine Waterfield and Amanda Whiting.  The members of our Federation and I are very proud of you.

Hall of Fame 2020

Hall of Fame Inductions 2020

We are proud to induct three worthy members of our Federation into the Hall of Fame.  Achieving this status takes a lot of commitment and participation in Weightlifting Competitions.  Candidates must have acquired 100 points total from competing in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, the World level Championships, and Pan American Masters.  Based on the information provided to me from our Hall of Fame Secretary, Ken Miller, who we also extend our appreciation, we have three inductee candidates.

Jocelyn Normand accumulated 110 points in total.  72 points from competing at Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, 12 points from World level Championships and 17 points from Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Stepan Hroupa accumulated 108 points in total.  77 points from competing at Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, 3 points from World level Championships and 28 points from Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Michel Pietracupa accumulated 108 points in total.  71 points from competing at Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, 5 points from World level Championships and 32 points from Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Please join me in welcoming Jocelyn, Stepan and Michel to the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation’s Hall of Fame.

Temple de la Renommée 2020

Je suis fier d’introniser trois membres dignes de notre Fédération au Temple de la Renommée.  Cela prend beaucoup d’engagement et de participation aux compétitions d’haltérophilie pour atteindre ce niveau.  Les candidats doivent avoir accumulé un total de 100 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, Championnats de niveau mondial, et Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie Maîtres.  Basé sur l’information que m’a fourni notre Secrétaire du Temple de la Renommée, Ken Miller, à qui nous exprimons aussi notre appréciation, nous avons trois candidats qui sont intronisés.

Jocelyn Normand a accumulé 110 points au total.  72 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, 12 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats de niveau mondial et 17 points des Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie.

Stepan Hroupa a accumulé 108 points au total.  77 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, 3 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats de niveau mondial et 28 points des Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie.

Michel Pietracupa a accumulé 108 points au total.  71 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, 5 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats de niveau mondial et 32 points des Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie.

SVP joignez-vous à moi pour souhaiter la bienvenue à Jocelyn, Stepan et Michel au Temple de la Renommée de la Fédération d’Haltérophilie Canadienne Maîtres.

2020 Hall of Fame Plaques