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