Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation


We wish the best of luck as the following athletes represent Canada at the World Masters:
Heather Amundred, France Brouillard, Karine Brouillard, Heather Cameron, Manon Croteau, Heather Emslie, Paaras Kaur, Beth Kostur, Eva Martens, Jill Miller, Caroline Mundell, Tanna Payne, Manon Poulin, Judy Quinn, Kirsten Riewe. AND,Jason Cain, Claude Caouette, Yves Carignan, Chris Crotty, Raghbir Dhaliwal, Andre Dionne, Rafal Korkowski, Greg Haspect, Ken Miller, Justin Ott, Marcel Perron.
If you know them, please try to personally wish them well!!


July 20, 2018

The IWF Board has approved 10 new categories for both men and women in the Senior, Junior and Youth age categories. These categories will be submitted to the IWF Congress for ratification. As masters we are of course primarily concerned with the Senior category, which will still need ratification by the IWF-Masters. Seeing no issues on the horizon, you can expect that those new bodyweight categories to be implemented at our next, 2019, Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. For our members competing in Provincial Masters in 2019, we expect that each Provincial Weightlifting Association will already be using the new bodyweight categories.
Our Board is currently studying various approaches to setting minimum records standards in all age and new bodyweight categories and will keep you updated on this website. Old records will still be archived on our website but cannot, of course, be contested.


ATTENTION – 2018 World Masters – Schedule Changes

Dear All,

The IWF Masters Committee has taken into consideration the provisional time table and its notification. Together with the organizer Francisco Rodriguez Garcia, who is in the position to provide 2 competition platforms next to each other, we are in the position to move all sessions in the way that it matches with the notification in yellow highlighted under the published provisional time table. Please find attached the rebuild 2018 competition schedule.

You will see that it leaves us no room for any changes and that we are working nonstop to have a successful and memorable championship in the beautiful city of Barcelona. However we will have to conduct our annual Congress of Nations at Wednesday 22 August 19 hours (usual day/time) at the venue.

The accreditation hours are now published on under ‘championship’.
The training facility will be open from Thursday 16 August midday at the venue. For more information please contact the organizer directly.
Best wishes,
Denise Offermann

2018 Asia Pacific Masters Games

Only 2 weeks left to register for Olympic Weightlifting competition at the 2018 Asia Pacific Masters Games. Registration closes July 7, and the games are held from 7-15 September 2018.

This also marks the first edition of the Asian Masters Women's Championships. (Held in conjunction with the 2018 Penang Asia Pacific Masters Games) Here's your chance to become an Asian Master's record holder at an event recognized by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

Further information can be found at the games website:

To see/download the brochure click here

To see schedule click here


IWF Sport Programme Commission  recommends changes to  Tokyo 2020 weightlifting programme

Commission meets in the Olympic Capital to discuss innovations to Olympic qualification system, event field size and weight categories
14 November 2017; Lausanne: The IWF Sport Programme Commission (SPC) concluded its three-day meeting in Lausanne by agreeing a number of recommendations designed to protect the integrity of the sport and ensure the very best, clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020.

The five-person Commission composed of representatives from all major IWF stakeholders, met at the IWF headquarters in Lausanne on 11-13 November. The primary focus of the meeting was to address the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games weightlifting programme, including the Olympic qualification system, the competition format, event field size and the bodyweight categories.

The SPC recommended individual qualification through a shortened (18 months) qualification period for Tokyo 2020, during which time there would be two IWF World Championships. Athletes will be required to regularly participate in Olympic Qualification competitions to ensure that they are regularly subjected to in-competition doping control. The shortened period would also make anti-doping testing easier to implement and more cost-effective. 

Male and female athletes will compete across the IWF bodyweight categories during the qualification period, from which seven will form the Olympic medal events at Tokyo 2020 for each gender. 

A maximum of 14 athletes per bodyweight category will compete in Tokyo with each National Olympic Committee (NOC) allowed a maximum of four athletes per gender and only one per medal event.

The SPC is continuing to review the existing bodyweight categories to make recommendations to the IWF Technical Committee and Executive Board regarding the new bodyweight categories. The SPC is also exploring innovative and exciting new event formats which will be implemented to keep the sport as appealing and relevant to a global audience as possible. 

Speaking after the meeting, IWF Director General and member of the IWF SPC, Attila Adamfi, said:

“We have had a very productive meeting here in Lausanne as we work towards ensuring that the IWF delivers the very best, clean weightlifting competitions at Tokyo 2020. We want to make sure that we are protecting the integrity of our sport and also provide the most engaging and exciting competitions for our athletes and fans. We have had very good cooperation with the IOC and are continuing to work closely with them. The IWF takes its responsibility to the Olympic Movement very seriously and is committed to promoting the Olympic values around the world.

“While our primary focus is of course on the next Olympic Games, we are also examining opportunities to innovate our sport further which will go beyond the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. We are assessing new bodyweight categories, new formats, and new disciplines all of which will make our sport more appealing, particularly to younger audiences.”

The SPC’s recommendations will be presented to the IWF Executive Board for approval during their next meeting on 25-26 November 2017.

Publication of the IWF
President Dr. Tamas Ajan
Lilla Rozgonyi Communication and Marketing Director
Official Website:

Report on the IWF Masters Weightlifting Congress of Nations Held on Wed April 26, 2017 in Auckland, NZ

1.Attendance – 19 nations were present

2. Reports

Printouts were given and Bill Barton explained his financial report

Les Simonton was not there, but he is updating the IWF Masters website with WMG WL results,

pretty much daily.


  1. Elections

The following nominees were approved (Australia was opposed … ???)

General Secretary: Bill Barton

Women’s Rep: Caroline Charles

Technical Officer: Jan Hinrichsen


  1. Minutes of 2016 Congress in Heinsheim – approved


  1. Antidoping

In Heinsheim, there were two positives, names, substance(s) and duration of ban are posted on the IWF Masters Website.

Denise Offerman and Bill Barton then discussed at length that there had been no doping tests until Wed at the WMG, and they were not happy about this. They indicated that records set at these games may not be recognized if there were not enough tests conducted. This, of course, led to lengthy discussions, with those nations that had athletes setting records being quite unhappy … Denise encouraged all Nations to submit their results of doping control to IWF Masters (both positive and negative) so that they can expand their data base of test results.

  1. Calendar for future World Masters Championships

Denise Offerman went over the calendar of future events as it is posted on the IWF Masters Website. I reported on 2019 World Masters in Montreal. Everybody seemed happy when I said that there was a lot of support from Quebec WL and from the CON Masters WL Executive, and that the event was definitely going to happen.

Denise frowned when I mentioned that the start date would be earlier (Aug. 15). Maybe you can confirm this with Yves and then let Denise know so that the correct date can be posted? Also, the delegate from Iran was complaining that four of their athletes were denied visa for the WMG (for no apparent reason). Help with getting visa for those countries that need one seems to be very important- not sure what the Montreal organizing committee has lined up for that.

There was a group of representatives for the 2021 WMG in Kansai. They gave a brief presentation about Kansai and the WL venue. I have pamphlets that I will send you.

  1. Bids for 2020 World Masters

No bid was submitted and no one expressed interest at the meeting.

8. Old Business – No old business

9. New Business

There was a proposal for discussion of new Masters tie breaking rules.

With the new IWF tie breaking rules not using BW any more IWF Masters may also want to

change their tie-breaking rules.

There were 3 options presented, the first being to use the current IWF rules.

The second option was to use birth year, and the older lifter would win,

The third was quite intricate and not discussed further.

There was some discussion but the majority felt that using the new IWF rules would be best as it makes for more exciting competitions.

It was voted that for the upcoming year, all IWF Masters Competitions will follow IWF rules for tie-breaking. At the 2018 Congress, a forma vote will be held regarding a final decision to be entered into the IWF Masters rule book.


April 28, 2017

Heidi Schraft