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President announces new award

President announces new award

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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

2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships news

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Canadians capture medals at the 2021 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships

2021 Pan Am Masters Team Plaques

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.

Team Guardian Amanda Whiting (left) and Nichole-Jade Lee (Silver Medalist)

 

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,

Team Guardian Andre Boutin and Pamela Davidson-Warner (Silver Medalist)

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. 

Canadians Receive their Awards

Isabelle Gauthier.Best Womens Lifter. 2021 CMWC and Coach Eugeni Romanov

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Best Lifter Plaques 2021

2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships

Glen Hutchinson.Best Mens Lifter.2021 CMWC

CANADA’S BEST MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS

LES MEILLEURS MAÎTRES HALTÉROPHILES CANADIENS REҪOIVENT LEURS PRIX

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CANADA’S BEST MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTERS RECEIVE THEIR AWARDS

Our 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships were certainly a unique approach at trying to avoid the devastating impact of the COVID pandemic by providing a different and unique approach to our National Meet. All members were eligible to enter this competition without a qualifying total.  And our World Masters participants, upon paying their entry fee, were allowed to submit their totals from the World Masters as their Canadian Masters lifts. Thanks to Dakota Weightlifting Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, for organizing the event, the referees and tabulating a considerable amount of data.

Despite these pandemic challenges, two athletes stood out as being our best overall weightlifters.  Our best Woman athlete was Isabelle Gauthier, from Montréal, Québec and our best male athlete was Glen Hutchinson, from Okotoks, Alberta. Both, of course, were Gold Medal winners at the 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. 

You may recall Isabelle’s accomplishments at the World Masters in Montreal where she captured the Clean and Jerk World Record (90 kg) and the Total Record (159 kg) in the same W45/59 Category.  Women’s Team Canada took the Silver Award that year due to her and her teammates’ excellent lifting.  She also came very close to being the World Masters Best Woman Weightlifter, placing second. This year Isabelle lifted 70 kg in the Snatch and 88 kg in the Clean and Jerk for a total of 158 kg at the World Masters/Canadian Masters Championships and secured the Gold Medal for both Meets.

You may recall Glen Hutchinson, who was a strong member of the Men’s Team at the 2019 Montreal World Masters.  His lifts of 115 kg Snatch and 140 kg Clean and Jerk for a total of 255 kg, earned him a gold medal and his Team a gold medal in 2019.  This year Glen Snatched 117 kg, Clean and Jerked 147 kg and Totaled 264 kg, at the World Masters (Silver Medal)/Canadian Masters Championships (Gold Medal). Watch out for him in 2022; he’s a man on a mission!!

I expect to see both Isabelle and Glen in New Brunswick, for the 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships defending their titles and enjoying friendly sights, sounds and folks of Moncton.

The 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships – a show case of true champions!!! A message from Mark Gomes

The 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships – a show case of true champions!!! A message from Mark Gomes

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It was Friday, April 26, 2019, the evening before the first day of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, the Annual General Meeting. The competition on the Saturday and Sunday was held in St. Thomas and hosted by Daniel Paré of St. Thomas Strength Athletics. After acclaimed as VP the year before and having to appoint myself President, this meeting was the first time I had the opportunity to address our members. I was self appointed as an interim president, with the members’ approval and the meeting went well.

Just before the meeting concluded, an energetic young man ran up to me with a bid in his hand for the 2020 Canadian Championships. He had a demonstrably worried look on his face, believing he had missed the deadline. Well, the deadline was not until midnight but there were other bids to review. The new interim Board I assembled was asked to review the bids and to consider a variey of factors, such as recent geographic hosting, experience hosting a competiton, support of their Provincial Weightliting Association, budget plans, and organizational structure. (A full protocol document is on our website). They were impressed with the bid from the Dakota Weightlifting Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba. This gentleman was Craig Gilbert, the soon to be Competition Director of the 2020 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships.

And then that darned Covid-19 blew into town and as the competition drew closer, I had no choice as President to come up with some alternate plans. We first thought of postponing the meet, but many of the host committee members were health professionals already being tasked with community duties and others whose time outside those dates were already committed for their families and the entire pandemic situation was worsening. It was then, I decided to cancel the competition altogether as the travel restrictions began its stranglehold on our members. Perhaps we could try for 2021, I thought. We realized in due time, that this pandemic was not going to let up in time.

It was the quick thinking of the Competition Director, the Dakota Club, and its organizing committee that we should offer the 2021 Championships in a video style format. Over the following months Craig, with his committee, and I, with my Advisory Committee, eventually came up with the plan you saw come to fruition. The requirements and directions were clear and it offered a fair and equitable opportunity to all members of the Federation.

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We had an excellent turnout of 160 members. Fifty-four percent representing the west coast and prairie provinces, 35 % representing Ontario and Quebec, 8 % from the Atlantic Provinces and 2 % were Canadians living abroad. Our women weightlifters made up 58% of all the participants. Sixty-three percent of all our athletes were between the ages of 35 and 49 and 88 percent of all athletes were under the age of 60. Special mention to two men, in the 80+ age category, Peter Szita from Sainte-Therese, Québec and the one and only Ed Fergusson of Nanaimo, British Columbia; our favourite Octogenarian from the West. The accomplishments of our members can be found on this website – all of them Champions!!!!

We had sixteen members in the age 30 category. This category is unique in Masters Weightlifting, in Canada only. Although it cannot be used for International Masters Competitions, it certainly gives our transitioning members a wonderful introduction to Masters Weightlifting. A milestone also took place at this year’s championships. We invited, and he accepted, Scott Glass to be our first para weightlifter participating in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. You can find more on Scott in a separate article. Para weightlifting does not exist as an official sport, but that did not stop us from including para-athletes into our national competition. I will later release further information about the different categories of para weightlifters permitted to participate in our Nationals and some directions for our technical officials. So welcome Scott Glass, our Para Weightlifting advisor.

To round this out, we cannot complete a successful competition without the great assistance of Technical Officials. I was so impressed and happy that so many technical officials answered my call for volunteers. They all share the love of weightlifting at all age levels coupled with their education and training from their Provincial Weightlifting Association affiliates of the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. Thanks go out to all our 27 technical officials.

By accepting the totals from the 2021` World Masters Championships as totals for the 2021 Canadian Masters Championships, those members will now have a total, along with the other participants, for the 2022 World Masters Championships, with ample time to improve those totals if desired.

As this distasteful pandemic starts to wind down, and competitions begin resuming, we expect many of our members will be preparing for the 2022 Moncton Canadian Masters in June, the World Masters Games in May and the World Masters Championships in December (see WMG vs WMC on our website).

To all of our participating members, I sincerely appreciate the support you have given to our Federation and I wholeheartedly invite you to be part of our family next year. We need each other to ensure that our Federation remains a strong and vibrant advocate for Masters Weightlifting in Canada.

Thank you to DWC and Refs

Thank you to DWC and Refs

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The CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING FEDERATION extends its heartfelt appreciation to

 

the Dakota Weightlifting Club of Winnipeg, Manitoba, our Competition Director Craig Gilbert and to the following referees for volunteering to provide their time and expertise in adjudicating all the athletes’ contested Olympic lifts provided in video format.

Our gracious and dedicated referees were:

 

George Vlahos Carol Akasaka Marie Claude Bernard Svetlana Roguel
Jasmine Grignon Kathee Le Mario Robitaille Paule Poulin
Allison Sullivan Linda Earnshaw Mike Miller Kevin Zimmerman
Jill Miller Krista Sansom Thorin Gault Amanda Whiting
Peter Rhone Greg Doucette Yves Carignan Caroline Mundell
John Florento Kim Rai Jose Gomez Sonora Venables
Ken Miller Sarah Condon Danielle Holdsworth

 

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The Start of Something New – Para Weightlifting at the CMWC

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The Start of Something New - Para Weightlifting at the CMWC

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PARA WEIGHTLIFTING

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation welcomed its first para weightlifter, Scott Glass, from Regina Saskatchewan at the 2021 virtual Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. Scott approached the Canadian Masters president last March inquiring about the possibility of competing as a para-athlete at the 2021 virtual Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. Training out of the Shrinking Shutski Club in Regina and supported by the Saskatchewan Weightlifting Association, Scott was more than pleased when he was welcomed into the Canadian Masters; this despite the Federation not having a policy on para weightlifting. With a Snatch of 44 kg and a Clean Jerk of 66 kg, Scott totaled 110 kg and secured the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation’s First Para Weightlifting medal and record in the M45/102/PW8 category. This Category invites para weightlifters with a “Limited Range of Motion.”

Scott is so dedicated to help develop para weightlifting, even if be at the time only applicable to the CMWFHCM single National event, that he was approached to be, and accepted, the role of the Para Weightlifting Advisor to the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation.

Para weightlifting does not exist as one of the Canadian para sports. Sports Canada does recognize para powerlifting, but that is a very different sport. As a result, there is no such entity as para weightlifting at the Canadian Provincial or at the Canadian Weightlifting Federation. However, if a provincial weightlifting association is open to modifying its competition requirements, and permits an athlete to be a member, we at the Canadian Masters will do as much as we can to welcome and include athletes requiring modifications to their weightlifting contested movements. Unfortunately, para weightlifting does not exist at the international masters or senior level, though there are pockets of para weightlifters (referred to as adaptive weightlifters) at various clubs within the USA Weightlifting Federation and United States weightlifting clubs.

At the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, the CMWFCM will recognize these new Categories for competition and record purposes : Blind or Visually Impaired, Intellectually Disabled, Amputee (single arm, single leg or shoulder strap), Amputee with Prosthesis (arm or leg), and Limited Range of Motion. Inclusion of the paraathlete into weightlifting demonstrates our commitment to fulfilling our mission: “The Federation is dedicated to the promotion and development of Masters Olympic Weightlifting in Canada and shall represent the interests of Canadian Master Weightlifters. It will do so in a spirit of equity and fair play, while at the same time encouraging a fit for life philosophy.” Welcoming para-athletes into Masters weightlifting greatly enhances both their physical and mental well being. At present there are no specific training courses offered by the Canadian Weightlifting Federation for para weightlifters’ coaches or for technical officials who adjudicate para weightlifters’ attempts at competitions. This will indeed be a challenging area for the athlete’s supportive individuals. Because of this, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation has developed a policy guideline which can be used by athletes, coaches and technical officials in their attempts adapt their coaching, teaching and refereeing styles and responsibilities.

Although the 2021 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships was virtual, our 2022 Championships will be an in-person event in beautiful Moncton, New Brunswick. Between now and then, we hope that more athletes like Scott, supported by their Provincial Weightlifting Association, will train and compete at this prestigious competition.

President Announces Hosts for 2021-23 Canadian Masters Championships / Le président annonce les hôtes des Championnats canadiens des maîtres 2021-2023

Hosts for 2021, 2022, and 2023 Canadian Nationals Announced

Annonce des hôtes pour les championnats nationaux canadiens 2021, 2022 et 2023

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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES HOSTS FOR UPCOMING CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING CHAMPIONSHIPS

 

I am delighted to announce that the Board and its Advisory Committee have approved the hosts for the 2021, 2022 and 2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. We have decided to honour the bid from the Dakota Weightlifting Club and the Manitoba Weightlifting Association as the host for 2021, seeing that the pandemic resulted in the cancellation of the 2020 Championships in Winnipeg.

 

Masters Weightlifting continues to grow in the Atlantic Region, with the valued work of our Atlantic Representative, Greg Doucette, and the NBWA. In support of that growth, our Board and its Advisory Committee have approved The Colosseo Weightlifting Performance Association, in collaboration with the New Brunswick Weightlifting Association as the host for the 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships.

 

We have also approved the North Bay Norsemen and Valkyries to host the 2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. Masters Weightlifting is also seeing an expansion in Northern Ontario. We are excited to see Coach Larry Sheppard and the Ontario Weightlifting Association step forward to support Masters Weightlifting.

 

We are very fortunate to have all three championships situated in beautiful and accessible Canadian cities (Winnipeg, Moncton and North Bay) and organized by three very respected members of their Provincial Weightlifting Associations (Craig Gilbert, Greg Doucette and Larry Sheppard).

 

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation is very pleased to be working with the CWFHC Affiliates, the Manitoba Weightlifting Association, the New Brunswick Weightlifting Association, the Ontario Weightlifting Association and their registered clubs, in providing the opportunity for Masters Weightlifters throughout this country to showcase their Weightlifting accomplishments.

 

Details of these competitions will be provided on this website at the appropriate times. https://cdnmastersweightlifting.org/upcoming-events/

 

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)

President announces two new awards.

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CMWFHC President Announces Two New Canadian Certificates

PRÉSIDENT DE L’HALTÉROPHILIE CANADIENNE MAÎTRES ANNOUNCE DEUX NOUVEAUX PRIX

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1. HONORARY RECORDS FOR OCTOGENARIANS

 

Keeping fit after 80 years of age is no easy achievement. Being an Octogenarian and still weightlifting and competing are even more admirable accomplishments. The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation recently established minimum records standards that its member-athletes must surpass in order to set new records in the recently created ten bodyweight categories. These age categories extend beyond the competitive age categories of 80+ for men and 70+ for women. The minimum record standards were reached through discussion and consultation with members of the President's Advisory Committee before acquiring CMWFHCM board approval.

 

In admiration and respect for current and forthcoming Octogenarians, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting President has created the Honorary Octogenarian Canadian Masters Record Certificate. As Federation President, he will award this Certificate to the first Octogenarian in his or her bodyweight category who has met the qualifying competition requirements but perhaps not quite surpassing the minimum record standard. These records will be denoted in the charts as Honorary Octogenarian Records.   These Honorary records can be broken by other Octogenarians who surpass them in the years ahead and will still be identified as Honorary Records, unless of course it surpasses the minimum record standard.  In that case, it is a Canadian Masters Record.

 

With two types of Record Certificates for Octogenarians, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation will demonstrate that they truly cherish these outstanding athletes and role models within their weightlifting communities.

 

No application is required, but if the President misses an Octogenarian, please let him know.

 

 

2. THE ATTOLLO AWARD CERTIFICATE

 

A new year and a new Award for our Canadian Masters Members who have gold medaled or participated in any three of 2019 Provincial Masters, Canadian Masters, Pan Am Masters, and the World Masters.

 

The Attollo Award acknowledges the competitive participation and/or success of a CMWFHCM member at select Masters Weightlifting Competitions. “Attollo” is a Latin word meaning to lift up or be exalted to a higher position. Attollo recipients have demonstrated their resolve in rising to a higher level of competition and in doing so, proudly represented the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation.

 

In the AWARDS section of this website you will find more information about the Attollo Gold Medal

 

Certificate, the Attollo Participation Certificate and the application procedure. Always proud of our Masters Members,

 

Mark Gomes – President

Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation

 

2020 World Weightlifting Competition Update

Dear Athletes,

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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