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Bonnes nouvelles! Good News!

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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.

 

Check out this website: https://www.shopgameday.net/canadian-masters

2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships

2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships Announced

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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 (arena-guide.com) 

 

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.

 

CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS READY TO HEAT UP ORLANDO

CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS READY TO HEAT UP ORLANDO

HALTÉROPHILES CANADIENS MAÎTRES PRÊTS À RÉCHAUFFER ORLANDO

Megan Apostoleris from Nova Scotia(1)
Canadian Grand Master Isabelle Gauthier and Coach Evgeuni Romanov (1)
Doug Sinclair from Manitoba(1)
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CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS READY TO HEAT UP ORLANDO

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 (cdnmastersweightlifting.org). 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 (cdnmastersweightlifting.org) 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

 

Para Weightlifting gets some para-traction in New Zealand

Para Weightlifting gets some para-traction in New Zealand

La para-haltérophilie obtient de la para-traction en Nouvelle-Zélande

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Canadian Masters member Paule Poulin shares our enthusiasm of including adaptive athletes as para weightlifters.  In New Zealand, Paule aims to support other like-minded individuals who are working towards the inclusion of adaptive athletes into the weightlifting community.  As a member of the CMWFHCM Para Weightlifting Advisory Group, she is well briefed on the Federation’s Para Weightlifting policies and regulations. The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation welcomes Weightlifting New Zealand aboard this journey of inclusion and looks forward to sharing our successes and challenges along the way.

 

Here is an article from Paule Poulin:

 

Adaptive Weightlifting is taking off in New Zealand, get involved!

 

The first AdPara in New Zeelandaptive Weightlifting event in New Zealand was held at Mount Crossfit on Saturday 3 September 2022. Under the format of Give it a go, and coached by Weightlifting NZ adaptive weightlifting lead Diogo Freire, it was a promising start. Four athletes came and were shown and tried some basic lifts, adapted to their particular situation. Adaptations are individualised can be made for different situations such as athletes in a wheelchair, athletes with limited range of motion, athletes with visual impairments, etc. Functional Adaptive Movement (FAM) are also a big supporter and are working with WNZ to develop the sport for adaptive athletes.

 

The future plan for WNZ is to have a showcase adaptive weightlifting event at the 2022 Junior and Senior Nationals in Tauranga. Diogo is also working on developing links with other organisations such as Adaptive Training Academy, Crossroads Alliance, and linking up with the Canadian and Australian federations to share best practices.

Adaptive weightlifting is starting to take off in other countries as well, including the USA and Canada, so more to come for sure. The IWF World Masters Championships to be held in Orlando Florida in December 2022 will include adaptive weightlifters.

 

So, if you know of an adaptive athlete looking for a challenge, talk to them about our beautiful sport. If any club or athletes are interested, they can get in touch with Diogo at diogo@functionaladapotivemoevment.com

 

Another First for the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

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

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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 (cdnmastersweightlifting.org)

 

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.

CMWFHCM 2022 Coach of the Year Award

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Coach of the Year 2022 prix des entraîneurs canadiens

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JEREMY MARTIN

Jeremy Martin is an NCCP Level 1 coach who has coached about 10 Masters, many who are members of our Federation. Jeremy is the Coach at Loaded Athletics, in British Columbia.

 

Jeremy has a master degree in Kinesiology from UBC, and he is a certified coach with the NSCA CSCS.  As a lifelong competitive athlete, he brings experience in provincial level powerlifting, strongman and national level weightlifting.

 

His combination of high-level education, self- directed learning, personal athletic experience and natural intuition for human movement and performance has taken two of his athletes from beginners to the highest level of competition in masters.  Cathy Hambly and Janella David have both set records and earned medals in their respective weight classes and age groups at the provincial, national and world level.

 

His athletes say that what sets him apart from other coaches is his personal investment in their journey as athletes.  Jeremy is deeply involved in every aspect of their training, and takes an interest in them as individuals.  From programming, training, nutrition and recovery, to their lives outside of lifting, he is supportive and always available.  Jeremy has been noted to have the natural ability to make each of his athletes feel fully understood and as a result, is a huge part of the success they have all achieved.

 

At competitions, as all excellent coaches do, he looks after all of the details and removes any potential stress or distractions.  His athletes have voiced Jeremy’s exceptional skill at counting attempts, and timing of their lifts for their attempts on the competition.

President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ed Fergusson

2022 LIFETIME AWARD ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENT

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 2021 Attollo Awards

President announces Attollo Awards 2021

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It gives me great pleasure to present the Attollo Award. The Attollo Award is achieved when a member of our Federation either gets a Gold in 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 athlete’s Provincial Masters, Canadian Masters, Pan American Masters or World Masters Championships.

 

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 the following members. The members of our Federation and I are very proud of you.

The Attollo Award – 2021

(Provincial Master, Canadian Masters Championships, Pan American Masters, World Masters Championships)

Gold Award Winners

Steven Bishop (PE), Janella David (BC) and Raf Korkowski (BC) – Gold

Participation Award Winners

Dave Dessureault, Jamie Crane, Joanne Jeffrey, Pamela Warner, Kelly Condon, Danielle Holdsworth, Alison Blackhurst (ON)

Cathy Hambly, Sue Spencer, Ken Lo, Amanda Whiting (BC)

Marguerite Phillips, (NS)

 

 

Call out for 2023 Championships

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We are in need of a competition host for     

Nous avons besoin d’un hôte de compétition pour

 

2023 Championships      Championnats 2023

 

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation is inviting an interested club to submit a letter of interest to the Federation President before the Annual General Meeting of July 8, 2022.  The President can be contacted directly at attollo@hotmail.com  or here:   Contact Us – Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation (cdnmastersweightlifting.org)

La Fédération haltérophilie Canadienne maîtres invite un club intéressé à soumettre une lettre d’intérêt au président de la Fédération avant l’assemblée générale annuelle du 8 juillet 2022.  Le président peut être contacté directement à attollo@hotmail.com  ou ici:   Contactez-nous – Fédération canadienne d’haltérophilie des maîtres (cdnmastersweightlifting.org)

You can find more information here:

Vous pouvez trouver plus d’informations ici:

2021.07.12.Hosting20the20Canadian20Masters20Championships.pdf (cdnmastersweightlifting.org)

 

2022 CMWC Welcomes Para Weightlifters to Their First In-Person Championships

2022 CMWC welcomes para weightlifters to their first in-person championships

Les Championnats canadiens d’haltérophilie des maîtres 2022 accueillent leur premier en personne Para Haltérophiles

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This year, we will be welcoming two adaptive athletes, as para weightlifters, to the 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. It is not an easy task to enter a weightlifting competition as a para-athlete. To date, there are no policies or practices for the inclusion of adaptive athletes as provincial level weightlifters. Provincial level weightlifting does not fall under the auspices of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation. This does indeed pose a challenge for our Federation, but not a great enough challenge to dismiss this overlooked group of athletes. As one surveys our website section on Para Weightlifting it will become obvious that we will find ways of welcoming them into our community. Each potential para weightlifter connects personally with our Federation President in order to determine their readiness for a national competition. Unless deemed by a medical doctor as unsuitable to compete, the adaptive athlete will find a place on our weightlifting competition platform.

 

Being asked to officiate the Olympic lifts for para weightlifters might make our Technical Officials somewhat uneasy. Current certification of technical officials and coaching requirements do not, at least at this time, include any specific preparation for the adaptive athlete. Our Federation has prepared guidelines that can be easily integrated within the current technical official’s refereeing responsibilities. Our Federation will defer coaching expertise to those most aptly prepared by Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie in cooperation with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

 

At the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation, we can understand the difficulties experienced by adaptive athletes who decide to compete as para-weightlifters. As Masters weightlifters, we were at one time overlooked by the Provincial Weightlifting Associations and the National Sports Organization for Weightlifting, Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie. But times have changed and our Federation has been successful at encouraging all of the Provincial Weightlifting Associations to host Provincial Masters Weightlifting Championships. Our relationship with Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie continues to strengthen as more Masters join our family and contribute back into the national weightlifting community as technical officials and coaches. As these professional relationships continue to strengthen at the provincial and national level, we at the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation believe more doors for the adaptive para weightlifter will open and the present perceived barriers will be eliminated.

 

Para weightlifting and para weightlifters are expressions used by our Federation to describe adaptive athletes who take up the sport of weightlifting with strong desires to compete. As Masters were once a marginal group, para weightlifters now find themselves in a similar position. Many decades ago, women were the marginalized group, and we all know very well how they have demonstrated their success at weightlifting.

 

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation welcomes back Scott Glass, from Saskatchewan, our first para weightlifter, who competed in the 2021 virtual Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. We also welcome our first woman para weightlifter, Nalani Perry from Nova Scotia. The welcome mat has been placed at our “door” and though we may not be the perfect “host”, we will certainly try to improve our “décor” with suggestions by our new and veteran members alike.