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

 

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

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.

 

CMWFHCM President Makes Para Weightlifting Appointments.

CMWFHCM President Makes Para Weightlifting Appointments.

Le président de la CMPMMT prend des rendez-vous en haltérophilie para.

Nalani Perry: Director for the Advancement of Para Weightlifting
Nalani Perry: Director for the Advancement of Para Weightlifting
Scott Glass: Para Sport Liaison
Scott Glass: Para Sport Liaison
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Directeur de l'Avancement de la Para-Haltérophilie et Liaison de Para-Sports

 

Le Président de la CMWFHCM a nommé Nalani Perry, de Bedford, en Nouvelle-Écosse, le Directeur de l'Avancement de la Para-Haltérophilie de la Fédération.  Scott Glass, l'Aviseur de la Para-Haltérophilie va assumer le rôle de Liaison de Para-Sports.  Ces nominations vont aider à sensibiliser la para-haltérophilie en tant que groupe viable dans nos communautés provinciales, nationales et internationales d'haltérohilie. Nalani va se concentrer sur la promotion de l'inclsuion des athlètes adaptifs en tant que para-haltérophiles avec les associations provinciales d'haltérophilie, Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie, la IWF Maîtres et la Fédération Panaméricaine Maîtres d'Haltérophilie.  Scott va se concentrer sur la promotion de notre sport auprès des organisations canadiennes de para sports. Nalani et Scott vont aussi servir en tant que membres du Comité Aviseur, un groupe qui fait partie de la structure de l'organisation de la Fédération qui offre des conseils au Président et au Conseil.

2020 World Weightlifting Competition Update

Dear Athletes,

2020 01 04

IWF Masters World Championship comes to Orlando USA

The IWF Masters, USA Weightlifting and USA Masters Weightlifting are proud to announce the 2020 IWF  Masters World Championship will be held in Orlando, Florida, USA from 28 August to 5 September.

The event was originally due be held in Obrighem, Germany who unfortunately were unable to host the event in 2020, at which time the IWF Masters invited the United States to host the event as the runner-up in the bidding process, originally completed in Barcelona, Spain in August 2018.

The IWF Masters World Championship is the premiere world-wide event for Weightlifting athletes aged 35 and over, attracting approximately 800 athletes from around the world, competing in 5 year increments from 35 up to over 80 years of age.

Competition and housing will be at the Wyndham Resort on International Drive, Orlando, USA located an easy shuttle or car ride from Orlando International Airport (MCO) which has direct links to nations across the world. The Wyndham Resort is also close by to Orlando area tourist attractions such as Disney World, Universal and others.

“We are grateful to the IWF Masters for the opportunity to return the IWF  Masters World Championship to the United States of America for the first time in many years. We appreciate the trust placed upon us to deliver a world class event for Masters in just 8 months.”

Further details about hotel bookings will be released as soon as is possible. Michael Cohen, USA Masters Weightlifting Committee Chair.

“In recent years, the USA has hosted the Senior World and Youth World Championships, we are thrilled that the Masters level will also now get the opportunity to compete on home soil. We look forward to working closely with the IWF Masters and the USA Weightlifting Masters Committee to deliver a Worlds of the standard that has come to be expected from our hosting.” Phil Andrews, USA Weightlifting Chief Executive Officer.

“With deep appreciation THANK YOU to the USA Masters for stepping in to host the 2020 IWF Masters World Championship at short notice. We know that the USA as an active Masters federation will make excellent arrangements for the benefit of all Masters.”

Denise Offermann 

IWF Masters Secretariat

2019 World Masters Results

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CANADIAN TEAMS SNATCH GOLD AND SILVER
LES EQUIPES CANADIENNES ARRACHENT L’OR ET L’ARGENT

CANADIAN TEAMS SNATCH GOLD AND SILVER AT THE 2019 WORLD MASTERS

 

 

The 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championships will no doubt be long remembered by Canadian Masters lifters. First of all, the venue was held on home soil in Montreal, and from all accounts the organizers did a stellar job in making this a truly world class event. Canadian lifters responded in kind, with the Womens team capturing second place while the Men’s team captured first place.

 

The Canadian Masters Teams at international events are selected in a specific way.  First, invitations to compete at the 2019 World Masters are sent out to qualifying athletes by the IWF Masters Secretariat. Once athletes accept the invitation, the Office of the National Chair (ONC) considers two important criteria for team selection. Team points are based on an athlete’s potential medal position and the number of competitors in a category. Athletes are ranked according to their percentage of their qualifying total (QT). All of our team members had surpassed 120% of their QT. ONC also considers how many athletes are competing in the same category as the potential gold and silver medalists.  The greater the number of athletes in a category, the greater the points that can be potentially awarded. The members of the men’s and women’s teams for 2019 were as follows:

 

Team Canada Women, winning the second-place trophy was composed of (and in order of % above the QT):   Isabelle Gauthier, Laurie Meschishnick, Abigail Guerrero-Gonzales, Heather Amundred, Deidre Coburn, Rosalie Laurin-Larouche, Cathy Hambly, and Manon Poulin.

 

Team Canada Men, winning the first-place trophy was composed of (and in order of % above the QT): Marcel Perron, Doug Sinclair, Éric Chevrier, Glen Hutchinson, Gabriel Auclair, David Adams, Terry Hadlow, and Jocelyn Normand.

 

The CMWFHC also wishes to thank and congratulate all members who participated in this year’s competition. It was amazing to have over 150 of our athletes involved and we sincerely hope that it was an inspiring time of personal growth and development in your weightlifting journey. We look forward to seeing meeting you again in the year ahead.

 

 

IWF Press Release

IWF World Masters Championship reinforces weightlifting as sport for all

The IWF World Masters Championship concluded in Montreal on Saturday 24 August, following nine days of competition which showcased weightlifting as a sport that can be practised by men and women of all ages, body types, and backgrounds.

A total of 689 (385 male and 304 female athletes) from 54 countries competed in the Championship which received the original 1976 Olympic Games competition platform from Montreal. Athletes aged over 35 years of age took part in more than 90 categories divided by age and weight. This year a Preliminary Entry System was introduced to calculate the best 700 athletes per verified entry total registered.

The Championship’s oldest competitor was 87 year old Tsutomu Kobayashi from Japan, who competed in the M80/73kg and lifted a total of 77kg. Meanwhile in the women’s category, Lorraine Pelletier, born in 1943 from the host nation Canada, was the oldest female competitor and lifted a total of 66kg.

The Championships demonstrated the positive mental and physical benefits of weightlifting and the important role it can play in maintaining strength later in life.

IWF President Tamas Ajan said:

“The IWF World Masters Championship has once again demonstrated that people are never too old to get involved in weightlifting. We have seen men and women, from different countries and backgrounds, and different ages from 35 up to 87, come together through their shared love of weightlifting and the benefits it brings them. There are so many advantages of weightlifting and everyone is able to draw something different from the sport. These Championships are about more than who wins or who lifts the heaviest weights, they are about persistence and mental discipline and people challenging themselves to achieve their very best.”

The 2020 IWF Masters World Championships will be in Obrigheim, Germany from the 28 August to 6 September.

“best. masters world championships. ever”

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For immediate release

Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

Successful Championships

Montreal, August 25, 2019 - The Montreal World Masters Weightlifting Championship concluded on Saturday. The competition, showcasing the world’s best weightlifters aged 35+, welcomed competitors from all continents, including 150 Canadians, at the Pierre-Charbonneau Centre. Athletes from 60 countries were competing, a record for a World Masters Championship.

Numerous athletes enjoyed their stay in Quebec’s metropolis, as mentioned by Mario Robitaille, vice-president of the organizing committee.

“A dozen athletes told me these were the best World Master Weightlifting Championship they’ve ever been to. We put together a great championship, and we have much to be proud of. Yves Carignan (President of the organizing committee) and I are also competing, so with our experience, we know what it takes to keep the athletes happy. We are very proud, and we delivered on our promises.”

Families and friends of the competitors from all around the world could follow the competition live on two Internet platforms with a live medal count. This World Masters technological first was made possible thanks to the work of Julien Carignan, Yves Carignan’s son.

Canada's men's and women's teams finished second in the team standings.

Highest Honours to Kristi Brewer and Marcel Perron

American Kristi Brewer and Quebecois Marcel Perron were crowned the weightlifters with the best balanced scorecard across all age and weight categories.

Mario Robitaille was delighted by Perron’s victory, which represents more than a simple sporting result.

Marcel Perron and Mario Robitaille

“It’s really something to win this is Montreal! This was expected from him. He suffered a CVA three years ago, and we set up a fundraising campaign to get him special treatments. He was back on his feet quickly, but in January 2018, we didn’t know if he would be able to compete. He took about two months off before getting back in the gym.”

These World Championships closed the loop opened 40 years ago by Yves Carignan when he competed at the Montreal Olympic Games.

The next World Masters Weightlifting Championship will be held in Germany.

Canadian Medallists of the 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

August 16th
80+, M Gold Marcel Perron -73 kg
75+, M Silver Doug Sinclair -81 kg
70-74, M Silver Ken Miller -67 kg
70-74, M Silver Yvon Matte -73 kg
75+, W Gold Lorraine Pelletier -71 kg
75+, W Gold Judy Quinn -76 kg
75+, W Gold Dawn Larson -64 kg
70+, W Gold Christine Walt -81 kg
70+, W Gold Doris Hellenbart -59 kg
65-69, W Gold Susan Spencer +87 kg
65-69, W Gold Suzanne Hill -49 kg
65-69, W Gold Madeline Payne -64 kg

August 17th
60-64, M Gold Terence Hadlow -89 kg
60-64, M Silver Paul Goldberg -55 kg
60-64, M Silver Michel Piétracupa -73 kg
60-64, M Silver André Dionne -81 kg

August 18th
55-59, W Gold Laurie Meschishnick -64 kg
55-59, M Gold Jocelyn Normand -96 kg
55-59, W Silver Madeleine Waterfield -71 kg
55-59, W Silver Manon Poulin -59 kg
55-59, M Silver Behzad Allahyari -61 kg
55-59, M Bronze Jocelyn Vachon -73 kg
55-59, M Bronze Gilles Poirier -89 kg
55-59, M Bronze Andre Boutin – 96 kg

August 19th
55-59, M Silver Clive Smith +109 kg
50-54, W Bronze Danielle Ferko-Hicks -55 kg

August 20th
45-49, W GOLD Isabelle Gauthier -59 kg **world records for clean and jerk (90 kg) and total (159 kg)
45-49, W Gold Heather Amundrud -49 kg
45-49, W Bronze Karen Petursson -49 kg
45-49, W Bronze Heather Wolfe -64 kg
45-49, W Silver Lindsey Ingram -71 kg
45-49, W Silver Danielle Pirrie -81 kg
50-54, W Gold Lisa Sluik -81 kg
50-54, W Bronze Allison Sullivan -76 kg

August 21st
40-44, W Gold Abigail Guerrero Gonzalez -59 kg
40-44, W Silver Rosalie Laurin Larouche -55 kg
40-44, W Bronze Brandi McDonald -49 kg
45-49, M Gold Thomas Seniuk -89 kg
45-49, M Silver Thorin Gault -89 kg
45-49, M Gold Éric Chevrier -102 kg
45-49, M Gold David Petit -61 kg
45-49, M Silver Rumen Stoianov -81 kg
45-49, M Bronze Claude Caouette -81 kg
45-49, M Silver David Adams -96 kg
45-49, M Bronze Tirath Sandhu -109 kg

August 22nd
40-44, M Silver Sacha Amédé -96 kg
40-44, W Silver Jodi Podolas -71 kg
40-44, W Silver Cathy Hambly -81 kg
40-44, W Bronze Hannah Gray -81 kg
40-44, M Silver John Florento -61 kg
40-44, M Silver Jason Cain -81 kg
40-44, M Gold Glen Hutchison -89 kg
40-44, M Silver Ian Robinson -89 kg
40-44, M Silver Steven Bishop -102 kg
40-44, M Silver Akos Sandor +109 kg
40-44, M Bronze Mohan Shandhu -109 kg

August 23rd
35-39, W Silver Lindsay McCardle -64 kg
35-39, W Bronze Andrea Robinson -64 kg
35-39, W Bronze Meagan Apostoleris -71 kg
35-39, M Silver Albert Pilon -73 kg
35-39, M Bronze Frank Longo -81 kg
35-39, M Bronze David Spurr -89 kg

August 24th
35-39, M Gold Gabriel Auclair +109 kg

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Written by Sportcom for the Montreal 2019 World Masters Weightlifting Championship

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2019 PAN AMERICAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

IMPRESSIONS FROM THE CANADIAN PRESIDENT AND NATIONAL CHAIR

MOVE OVER “HOT IN CLEVELAND” CAUSE ITS “HOT IN ORLANDO”

First Day, Thursday

Temperatures in Orlando have surpassed 30 degrees and the Canadians are starting to heat up the platform at the 2019 Pan American Masters. Torching the wood began with Doug Sinclair’s 58 kg Snatch on his second attempt. It got a bit scary with his first 75 kg Clean and Jerk missed, but snapped it up on his second attempt and went on to move that up again to 78 kg ending up with an impressive 136 total in the M75/81 category and securing a very nice SMF of 383.591 and a Gold.

Racking up another high SMF (403.02) was Terry Hadlow in the M60/89 category with a Snatch of 95 and Clean and Jerk of 121, totalling out with 216 kg and a Gold. Yves Carignan skipped supper and breakfast, well he must have, since he weighed in the lighter category of M65/67; or is he reserving that M65/73 spot for me when I return to the competitive platform. Yves did very well with 62 kg Snatch and 81 kg Clean and Jerk. Another nice SMF for Yves with 327.615.

Judy Quinn was taking no nonsense with her three successful Snatches, closing with 31 and then ensuring her 41 kg Clean and Jerk in her third a;empt. In the W70/71 she won the Gold with an SMF of 162.935. Not far behind on the SMF point system was another Gold medalist, Jill Miller, in the W65/64 with liMs of 28 and 38. Where these two athletes are going to keep all their awards – start building that new trophy room!!

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Canadians, Second Day, Friday

A POWERFUL STORM BLEW IN…

…and shook some platforms on Friday. Isabelle Gauthier captured a Gold in the W45/59 with a 70 Snatch and 88 kg CJ, just missing her 91, for an impressive total of 158 (273.044 SMF). And our very own Manon Poulin broke the Pan Am Masters Snatch Record in the W55/55 on her third attempt with 47 kg. With her 54 kg Clean and Jerk she totalled 101 and SMF of 204.877.

Two of our male athletes broke the 300 SMF with Silver medal awards: Thomas Seniuk (116 and 137; 253 and SMF of 364.15. Martin Walt just stepped over that marker with 95 and 116 and SMF of 306.118. Martin did not miss any of his lifts and so far, our only 6 for 6 athlete. PAN AM MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING

Canadians, Third day, Saturday

“GOLD ON THE CEILING” (the Black Keys) GOLD ON THE PLATFORM

I often listen to a group called The Black Keys and this particular song just came to mind as I thought of how well our Canadians were doing at the Pan Am Masters Weightlifting. Terry Hadlow and Doug Sinclair rose in their ranks to become Best Lifters in their age categories. I am sure there are others, but I humbly spread what I am picking up on social media. Mens Golds today included Steven Bishop, John Florento and Craig Gilbert. Craig impressively made all his Clean and Jerk attempts closing with 153. Although no Gold medals today for the Women, their performances as new international athletes were indeed gold to me. Pamela Davidson, Helen Lamarre and Brandi McDonald…you struggled and you were rewarded by stepping onto that podium and making us proud up in “We the North.”

PAN AM MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING

Canadians, last day, Sunday

Wrapping up the last day of this international event were the youngest groups of international athletes, the 35-39-year-old weightlifters. And I bet they just love being called the youngest group! Some were former or even current Senior lifters and others, just recently joining our membership in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation; some with international competitive experience and others just beginning their journey. To all our athletes in this age category, a job well done. The Men held their own, with Dave Spur surging ahead to capture his Gold with 115/155/270/342.179. The Women kept pace with Amanda Whiting securing her Silver with 67/92/159/218.859.

Here are the names of our athletes who broke Pan Am Masters Records: Sue Spencer, Manon Poulin, Isabelle Gauthier, Terry Hadlow and Steve Bishop. Congratulations!!!

Well the Sun has set on Sunday and from what I have seen and heard on social media, the Canadians were both impressive on the platform and impressed with the organizing host spearheaded by the Michael Cohen, Les Simonton, Corinne Grotenhuis and with the webmaster prowess of Sheryl Cohen. I am sure there are many others from officials, and volunteers who often go unmentioned. But my little eyes and ears at the event tell me that a fantastic job was done by each and everyone involved. Bravo!

I wish our Canadian athletes a safe trip home and for those remaining behind, enjoy the beautiful weather and our American friends. Our summer has yet to arrive. Also check your mailboxes for a little surprise.