Letter to CMWFHC members from newly elected president Mark Gomes



Mark Gomes, President

When our Federation began around 1995, then a Masters Committee, we probably had less than 50 members. I only guess these numbers since the historical paper work I have is very limited and I came across some old records of “up to 1996.” Our first bylaws were approved in 1998 and then recently this year it was replaced and brought up to date. Today we can boast of 200 members, more or less equally represented by both genders, and both with some very respectable weightlifting records.

Our Federation is an independent organization of Canadian Masters Weightlifters with strong associative ties to Provincial Weightlifting Associations and to the Canadian Weightlifting Federation Haltérophilie Canadienne. This, of course, is because to be a member of CMWFHC one must also be a registered member of their provincial or territorial weightlifting association.

Over the last few years, the Executive (now referred to as the Board) and its Secretaries, Past President, Director of Doping Education and the National Chair (now referred to as the Advisory Committee) have done their utmost to keep our Federation both enthusiastic and visionary.

We keep accurate membership information; monitor members’ accomplishments to ensure they are included in our Hall of Fame and receive Certificates and Pins; accept applications for Canadian Masters Records and acknowledge those members with Certificates and updated charts on our web page; including both of Canada’s official languages in our Records Certificates and charts, membership applications, policies, and reports - though we are trying to still do better.

We also provide members with high quality sports wear; support our athletes when competing internationally; have developed our own Anti-doping Policy and appointed a Director of Doping Education; receive news from our Regional Representatives; support another national masters weightlifting event (Canadian Masters Open - which may be renamed Coupe Canada Cup); utilize our very successful web page to alert our member of breaking news, membership applications, records, sports wear for sale; and in the process of updating our Protocol and Guidelines for Hosting the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships.

At the AGM held on June 14th, two new members were elected to the Executive Board. I was acclaimed as Vice President and, likewise, Jodi Podolas (of St. Albert, Alberta) as Secretary-Treasurer. I extend a hearty welcome to Jodi, who brings her accounting expertise to our Federation.

On Friday, June 15th, the Executive Board, appointed me, Mark Gomes, as President and Daniel Paré as Vice President for the remainder of this operational year. Our positions will be up for review and election at the next AGM. My appreciation is extended to Mario Robitaille for volunteering to be our Québec Representative. So nice to have Mario with us.

As Incoming President I welcome you all back to another exciting year with the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation. At the same time I say a fond farewell to Doug Sinclair who has been our Secretary- Treasurer. Doug has meticulously arranged our accounting system over many years (I am not even sure as I have known no other Secretary-Treasurer). Thank you Doug. Your demonstrated fiduciary effectiveness will be greatly appreciated.

We also would like to thank Mike Menard, our outgoing Vice President. Mike was quite instrumental in assisting me in preparing a number of documents into French, helping us frame our antidoping policy, and providing valuable input into Executive deliberations.

And of course we are all aware of how much work John Case has put into our Federation particularly in making it a more professional organization worthy of belonging to. Fortunately, John as agreed to remain on as the National Chair and Past President and for me I know there will be an open, calming and sympathetic ear for when I seek out his wisdom. Daniel Paré, thanks for agreeing to help out on the Executive Board along with our new Secretary-Treasurer, Jodi Podolas. Your experience with our Federation will be valuable.

Our very competent Secretaries, Judy and Ken, and our Regional Representatives, Ed, Gary. Mario and Heidi (who will also be serving in a new position as Director of Doping Education) will add to that wealth of knowledge.

Our team, will try their utmost to serve you, as they discuss various concerns to all members such as: Next years bids for the Nationals; a possible E commerce position to coordinate some of the sports wear we occasionally have available for sale; compulsory online registrations for our two nationally sanctioned competitions; with the help of the FHQ planning for the Masters World Championships in 2019; proposing Established Minimum Record Standards if the IWF-M approves use of the IWF new body weight categories; arranging competition schedules to help improve attendance of middle-aged members at the AGM; considering a Masters Coach Development program; fine tuning the Defi Canada Challenge regulations; and studying new job positions such as Privacy Officer, Translators and CMWFHC Archivist.

This is us:

President Mark Gomes

Vice President Daniel Paré 

Secretary-Treasurer Jodi Podolas

Past President and National Chair John Case

Membership Secretary Judy Quinn

Hall of Fame Secretary Ken Miller

Records Secretary Mark Gomes (temporary)

Womens Rep and Director of Doping Education Heidi Schraft

Quebec Representative Mario Robitaille

Ontario Representative Gary Lewis

East Coast Rep

Newsletter Thorin Gault

Webmaster Bob Haven



E Commerce

Privacy Officer

I look forward to working with and for you this year.

Mark Gomes

President, CMWFHC