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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 Announced
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
HALTÉROPHILES CANADIENS MAÎTRES PRÊTS À RÉCHAUFFER ORLANDO
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.
Another First for the CMWFHCM - Une autre première pour la CMWFHCM
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:
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.
2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships Pictures
(Our thanks to Julie Patterson – these photos will only be available for a short time. Nos remerciements à Julie Patterson - ces photos ne seront disponibles que pendant une courte période.)
2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships
President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award
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
CANADIAN MASTERS WOMENS TEAM AWARDED SECOND PLACE AT PAN AM MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Here are the results of all the Canadian athletes who competed at the 2022 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships.
Special congratulations to Isabelle Gauthier, from Montréal, who captured not only a Gold Medal but also World Masters and Pan American Masters records in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, and Total.
Looking at the Team Points, our Team may have placed second, but they are gold material! Well done Team Canada.!!!
L’ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE FÉMININE DES MAÎTRES OBTIENT LA DEUXIÈME PLACE AUX CHAMPIONNATS PANAMÉRICAINS DES MAÎTRES
Voici les résultats de tous les athlètes canadiens qui ont participé aux Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie des maîtres 2022.
Félicitations spéciales à Isabelle Gauthier, de Montréal, qui a remporté non seulement une médaille d’or, mais aussi des records de maîtres du monde et de maîtres panaméricains dans l’arraché, l’épaule jété et les totaux.
En regardant les points d’équipe, notre équipe s’est peut-être classée deuxième, mais ce sont des matériaux en or! Bravo à Équipe Canada.!!!
President announces new award
Canadian Masters Coach Award
The President of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation announced today that the Federation will recognize the valuable services of its members’ coaches with the Canadian Masters Coach Award. Any coach, with membership in a Provincial Weightlifting Association, is eligible.
Nominations are made to the President by any one of the coach’s athletes using the form located on this website under “Awards” where a full description of the award can also be found.
The Nomination deadline is January 31. Download Nomination Form Here
2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships news
Canadians capture medals at the 2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships
The 2021 Pan Am Masters Championships have concluded and our small Canadian contingent held their own. We managed 2 Gold, 6 Silver, 1 Bronze medal and 4 made it close to the podium. This is the first international competition held in-person during Covid pandemic travel restrictions and in an American State with elevated Delta variant cases of Covid-19. Our members took all the necessary precautions and we are all very proud of their participation.
Congratulations to our Gold medalists, André Boutin and Amanda Whiting. Our Silver medalists were: Annie-Claude Delisle, Heather Emslie, Marty Giles, Manon Poulin, Nicole Lee, Pamela Warner and Dawn Schum. Our Bronze medalists was Russel Flores and our almost bronze medalists were Cynthia Collins, Jennifer Hamilton, Krista Pell and Valerie Saucier.
Complete results can be found here: 2021 PanAmerican Masters Results
It is unfortunate that the Pan American Masters only had 22 participants that were not from North America (Canada, USA and Mexico), with most from Dominican Republic (7). Masters Weightlifting is not as developed in the South American countries as it is in North America. With travel restrictions of South American countries added to pandemic travel restrictions, this event usually takes on the image of a purely American, and at times Canadian,
Championship. Perhaps the IWF Masters may encourage two regional geographic areas to replace the Pan American Masters area, hence allowing more Central and South American countries to foster Masters growth among their own countries with less travel restrictions between them. We are so lucky in North America where Masters Weightlifters have Federations that are recognized and supported by their National Sports Organizations.
Hopefully we may see the Pan Am Masters return to Canada pending a suitable host and joint approval of both the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation and Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie.