Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

Welcome to the Club! / Bienvenue au club!

Welcome to the Club! / Bienvenue au club!

BECOME PART OF A GROWING COMMUNITY
JOIGNEZ-VOUS À UNE COMMUNAUTÉ GRANDISSANTE

“I have just turned 30 and still competing as a senior….I have taken a long time off from competitive weightlifting (various levels of success) and have taken up training again…..I have been actively involved in (a particular sport or fitness activity) and have taken a liking to weightlifting as an older athlete….Should I join the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation, what can I expect from that organization, and how can I contribute to their continued success?” Sound familiar?

 

First and foremost, aspiring members have already attached themselves to weightlifting clubs that are officially registered with a Provincial Weightlifting Association. Training alone is not recommended but may be for some, the only viable option. The new member should plan to compete as soon as the opportunity arises, and his/her coach makes that recommendation. Local competitions, and Provincial Meets (Open, Masters, Seniors) are also available to the weightlifters at the provincial level. Provincial Masters Championships are now held in most provinces under the auspices of a Provincial Weightlifting Association who are also affiliates of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. As new members gain this competitive experience, they can then set goals of competing at the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships and then on and upward to international weightlifting championships. National and International Masters Competitions are under the purview of the CMWFHCM, not the CWFHC. Only CMWFHCM members are permitted to participate at these competitions.

 

In addition to the joy of participating in competitive weightlifting, CMWFHCM members’ accomplishments are recognized in a number of rewarding ways:

 

  • establishing or breaking a Canadian Masters Weightlifting Record using Provincial level or higher competition accomplishments;
  • receiving a Certificate for Records achieved;
  • using competition totals to qualify for international competitions;
  • breaking international masters weightlifting records;
  • accumulating points based on National and International Meets’ results for working towards induction into the CMWFHCM Hall of Fame. Members can take advantage of other opportunities and services, other than training and participation in a competition:
  • enjoying the use of both official languages to fully appreciate important information;
  • studying anti-doping education and information;
  • examining procedures for breaking a Canadian Masters Weightlifting Record;
  • reviewing procedures for registering for international competitions;
  • being attentive to notices of upcoming Masters Weightlifting Competitions;
  • participating in Masters Weightlifting Seminars;
  • receiving award Certificates for Records, Hall of Fame, and Lifetime Achievement;
  • reading Masters coaching tips;
  • viewing the posting of Records (National and International);
  • contacting a provincial representative of the CMWFHCM Federation who serves on its Advisory Committee;
  • accessing team sports wear that represent Masters;
  • acknowledging that age categories are the same for both women and men;
  • making new friends, and reconnecting with old friends, at international competitions;
  • receiving the annual report which is a very comprehensive description of what the Board, elected executive, secretaries and appointed directors have accomplished during the previous year;
  • requesting letters to insurance companies that may assist in a reduction to the member’s premium;
  • requesting letters of reference to employers who may grant time off to employees representing our Federation at international competitions;
  • knowing that the Federation advocates for its collective membership’s interests with the CWFHC, Canadian Ministry of Science and Sport, Global Affairs Canada, and various municipal governments;
  • requesting letters of reference to municipal governments that support members’ applications for local sports grants.
Members can contribute to the CMWFHCM in many ways. Here are a few:
  • supporting their Provincial Weightlifting Association in the planning and implementation of their Provincial Masters Weightlifting Championships, as well as other provincial initiatives for masters (such as open meets or social events);
  • considering volunteering for an appointed or elected position with the Canadian Masters, and/or with their Provincial Weightlifting Association;
  • acknowledging the CMWFHCM when afforded the opportunity as part of a sports media interview;
  • setting aside some time to regularly review the CMWFHCM website page for notices and updates;
  • becoming a certified coach with your local club and assisting members of all ages, including Masters;
  • completing the requirements to be a Technical Official, knowing that their volunteer service will be greatly appreciated by both weightlifting federations.
Continued involvement as a competitive weightlifter past one’s prime athletic years is a growing choice among Canadian weightlifters. There “prime athletic years” may not have been in weightlifting. The Canadian Masters have witnessed a rise in athletes joining them from other disciplines. As the membership in CMWFHCM grows, so does the membership count at the provincial level and the CWFHC. Both weightlifting federations benefit from this growth.
Remember that no other sports Federation focuses solely on weightlifters over the age of thirty; a mission that is uniquely held by the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation. The CMWFHCM invites all weightlifters over the age of thirty to discover that their home lies with this Federation. Their family awaits you!!

M Gomes (Translated by Paule Poulin)