WCHM Members return victorious


Team Canada – WCHM Members return victorious from the 2023 Pan American Masters Championships


Despite the controversies in the USA Weightlifting World, the American host (USA Masters Weightlifting) continues to produce Championships which are very impressive to our Canadian athletes. This year our teams did well competing against their formidable American counterparts. Each Canadian Team had a mixture of experienced international masters athletes and first time competitors. Our WCHM members are very proud of each and every one of our athletes. Although they are all deserving of our attention, in this brief congratulatory article, allow me to highlight one of our Team members.


Isabelle Gauthier joined the Canadian Masters in 2017. She impressed us all with her Gold medal winnings at the 2018, 2019, 2021, and 2022 World Masters Championships. She also won Gold at the 2019, and this year’s Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships. As President, I designated Isabelle Gautheir and Mario Boucher as Guardians of their Teams’ second place Awards. Isabelle is from Montréal, trains out of Force Vive Weightlifting Club and is Coached by Evgueni Romanov. I know he is as proud of Isabelle as we are. Mario is from Beloeil, Québec and trains out of La Machine Rouge. Isabelle’s Team Canada included Cybèle Lanthier (QC), Manon Poulin (QC), Caroline Darveau (QC), Sylvie Guénette (ON), Jeanette Perry (BC), Gabrielle Schmidt (QC), Jil Reid (SK), Saret Wijaya (ON) and Judy Quinn (ON). Isabelle broke records in all the Olympic lifts. Her records are : Snatch 64 kg, Clean and Jerk 86 kg and Total 150 kg. The current records were 50/58/107.


Mario Boucher’s Team Canada included Guillaume Arcand (QC), Tin Ly (QC), Michel Piétracupa (QC), Craig Astle (SK), Ahmed Alterkait (SK), Kevin Wood (NB), Tim McAuliffe (ON), and James Pineault (ON). In these photos you will see Sylvie Guénette and Tim McAuliffe, another dedicated weightlifting couple proudly displaying their medals. Sylvie was coached by Manon Poulin, who stepped in and coached several Canadian athletes. Manon, along with Judy Quinn have been World Masters Participants for decades. And of course, a picture of Isabelle Gauthier with the two Canadian Team Awards.


At the time of this article, other records were also broken. Craig Astle (SK) 98 kg Snatch; Gabrielle Schmidt (QC) Clean and Jerk 101 kg and total of 178 kg; Sylvie Guénette (ON) Snatch 51 kg; and Judy Quinn (ON) Snatch 29 kg, Clean and Jerk 37 kg and Total of 66 kg, all new World Records. Many of these athletes are now preparing for the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, being held in Midland, Ontario from July 14 to 16. Some of these athletes are planning to compete in Warsaw, Poland at the 2023 World Masters Weightlifting Championships


Tim and Sylvie with medals
Tim and Sylvie with medals
Sylvie and Coach Manon Poulin
Sylvie and Coach Manon Poulin
Gabrielle Schmidt receives her Gold Medal (1)
Gabrielle Schmidt receives her Gold Medal (1)
Isabelle displays the Team Awards
Isabelle displays the Team Awards

WCHM Athletes are ready for the Pan Am Masters / Les athlètes de la WCHM sont prêts pour les Maîtres panaméricains


WCHM athletes are ready for the Pan Am Masters

The 2023 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships will be held in Orlando, USA, from May 24  - 28.  There are 27 athletes representing the Canadian Masters (WCHM); fifteen men and eleven women.  Our group is composed of some well experienced international masters athletes, such as Isabelle Gauthier, Sylvie Guénette, Manon Poulin, Judy Quinn, Michel Pietracupa, Martin Walt and Mario Boucher, just to name a few.


Our athletes have been training very hard for the Pan American Championships and many will also be competing at the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, July 14 – 16 in Midland, Ontario.


On behalf of their family at Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie Masters, we wish them great success, an enjoyable time and a safe journey. When the championship has concluded, I will post their great accomplishments on this website’s results page.

Sylvie with Coach Alex Fera
2023 Pan American Masters Canadian Team@0.5x
Tin Ly.2023 Quebec Provincials

2023 Masters World Cup- Women’s Team brings home Third Place – Coupe du monde des maîtres 2023- Notre équipe féminine gagne la troisième place!

Photo: John Shahi
Photo: John Shahi

2023 Masters World Cup- Women’s Team brings home Third Place!

New Canadian Masters Records established!!


Congratulations to our members who participated in the 2023 Masters World Cup. Team Canada Women won third place. Here we see Manon Poulin (Gold Medallist and Award Guardian) receiving their TeamnAward the with Ruth Stewart (Gold Medallist), on her left, and Paule Poulin (Gold Medalist), on her right.


Missing in the photo were Allison Sullivan (Gold Medalist), who broke three Canadian Records, and Heather Chisolm (Silver Medallist). Paule Poulin, not only proceeded to break three Canadian Masters Records, but was also awarded the Best Woman Weightlifter in the 50-54 age category.


In addition to the fine accomplishments of our Women, both our men athletes did very well and received Gold Medals in their categories. Congratulations go out to Martin Tempelaar and Michel Pietracupa.The results of our Canadian athletes are posted on our website.

2023 Masters World Cup. Best wishes to Team Canada


The Masters World Cup is about to commence (March 3 – 12),  and, on behalf of Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie Masters, I would like to extend all our best wishes to our Canadian team.  Listed below are our participating members. 


You will note that Paule Poulin will also be representing Canada, though she resides in New Zealand. Paule also volunteers as the WCHM Director of Translations and recently achieved her IWF Level 2 Technical Official status.


I am sure Paule will be delighted to see other Canadians at this year’s Masters World Cup. It might be a long plane flight for our members.   However, I have heard from very reliable sources that New Zealand is a wonderful country and its citizens are very welcoming.  Team Canada will have a very memorable time.


-Mark Gomes. WCHM President
























Canadians Shine in Orlando at World Weightlifting Championships 2022

2.Judy Quinn inducted into PAM Hall of Fame
2.Judy Quinn inducted into PAM Hall of Fame
1.Manon Poulin and Gabriel Auclair with the Team Awards

Team Canada at the 2022 World Masters Weightlifting Championships

A whole lot of Champions

After almost three years training for a minimal number of weightlifting competitions, an impressive number of Canadian athletes participated in the 2022 World Masters Weightlifting Championships in Orlando, Florida.  This year the event was hosted by the USAW Masters Committee and as usual, they have done an excellent job.


Due to some remaining travel restrictions, some of our members could not participate, however, we managed to see 92 members compete, with 56 of those athletes belonging to our women’s contingent. Currently, our Records Secretary has received twelve applications from participating members, nine of which, were also from our women athletes.


Although our Team consists of 56 women and 36 men, points are only accumulated from 8 members of each team. Our Mens team won second place with 198 points, 14 points less than the USAW mens team.  Our Womens team won second place with 196 points, tying the American team.  However, the points are based on the medals earned.  The American team won 7 golds to our one, so that was why they took first.  If totals were based on the total S-M-F points, the Womens Team would have won by 116 S-M-F points. Still, an excellent accomplishment by both of our teams. Information about team selection and points can be found on our website in the Regulations section.


Our team members were  Men: Gabriel Auclair (Guardian), Raf Korkowski, Sacha Amédé, André Boutin, Maxime Huot, Claude Caouette, Michel  Piétracupa, Steve Bishop (Mohan Sandhu, John Garden, Jocelyn Normand)


Women: Megan Apostoleris (Guardian), Joanne Jeffrey, Isabelle Gauthier, Laurie Meschishnick, Molly Zirkle, Anita Boray, Sharon Ko, Sylvie Guénette (Manon Poulin, Carol Akasaka, Cathy Hambly).


This year was also the first international masters event that included adaptive athletes participating as para weightlifters.  Participating as our first Canadian para weightlifters were Nalani Perry and Scott Glass. Both secured Gold in their age/bodyweight and para weightlifting categories. I hope to see more adaptive athletes take up our sport at the club level in preparation for the Canadian Masters Nationals next year.


All our competing athletes will receive 3 Hall of Fame points for participating. For athletes who received medals, the gold medal athletes receive 7 points, the silver medal athletes receive 5 points and the bronze medal athletes receive 4 points.  Hall of Fame information can be found on this website in the Awards section.  Judy Quinn, one of our gold medal winners, was presented the Pan American Masters Hall of Fame Award after being officially inducted in 2020.  Congratulations Judy.


In addition, if any of our participants also participated in this year’s Pan American Masters Championships, the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, and their Provincial Masters Weightlifting Championships, they can apply for the President’s Attollo Award.  Information can be found on this website in the Awards section.


The results of our Canadian athletes can be found on this website under Results. The full results will be posted on the IMWA site  IWF Results (iwfmasters.org) and on the IMWA Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/groups/107809566591577 .


Congratulations to all our members who were able to participate this year.  Now their plans start for the 2023 World Masters Weightlifting Championships next August in Krakow, Poland.




Megan Apostoleris from Nova Scotia(1)
Canadian Grand Master Isabelle Gauthier and Coach Evgeuni Romanov (1)
Doug Sinclair from Manitoba(1)


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.


Surname FIRST Prov M/W CAT
Adams David NL M M45/89
Akasaka Carol BC W W50/64
Amede Sacha NB M M45/96
Apostoleris Megan NS W W40/71
Astle Craig SK M M40/73
Auclair Gabriel QC M M35/109+
Barazzuol Carol ON W W50/76
Bishop Steven PE M M45/102
Boray Anita QC W W45/55
Boutin André QC M M60/89
Brouillard Karine QC W W40/+87
Burk Liisa ON W W55/81
Buzinhani Melisssa QC W  W45/45
Cameron Heather `BC W W55/64
Caouette Claude QC M M50/73
Carignan Yves QC M M70/67
Collins Cynthia CAN W W40/81
Cormier Remi QC M M35/81
Coughlan Crista SK W W50/+87
Crane Jamie ON M M55/89
Croteau Manon QC W W55/59
Crotty Chris NL M M55/102
Datema Melanie ON W W45/64
David Janella BC W W45/49
Delisle Annie-Claude QC W W45/64
Deshaye Matt AB M M40/89
Desroches David ON M M65/109
Dessureault Dave ON M M50/89
Dewar Sandy AB W W65/76
Di Pierro Connie ON W W40/76
Doucette Greg NB M M55/81
Douglas Iain ON M M70/102
Florento John ON M M40/61
Foster Richelle AB W W35/87+
Francoeur Valerie QC W W35/59
Francoeur Providence QC W W45/71
Garden John NS M M55/89
Gaudet Danielle NB W W35/59
Gauthier Jason ON M M55/109
Gauthier Isabelle QC W W50/59
Gilbert Craig MB M M45/+109
Glass Scott SK M PW6/M50/96
Gray Hannah AB W W45/87
Green Jana MB W W40/76
Guenette Sylvie ON W W55/64
Gyarmati Brenda ON W W50/59
Hambly Cathy BC W W40/81
Hamilton Jennifer AB W W40/64
Hellenbart Doris ON W W75/55
Herbert Martine ON W W40/71
Huot Maxime QC M M35/81
Hutchinson Glen AB M M45/89
Jeffrey Joanne ON W W40/49
Johnson James ON M M40/102
Ki Virginia ON W W35/71
Kielty Paula ON W W55/55
Kim Kiho CAN M M55/67
Knudsen Laura ON w W40/76
Ko Sharon BC W W35/71
Korkowski Raf BC M M40/109+
Krinsky Warren BC M M40/89
Lander Karen ON W W65/64
Lanthier Cybele QC W W55/64
Larviere Martine QC W W55/55
Lavechia Krystal ON W W35/55
Ly Tin QC M M50/67
MacMillan Adrian PE M M45/109
Manuel Eugene NB M M50/81
Margolis John QC M M80/81
Matte Yvon QC M M75/73
McCardle Lindsay ON W W35/64
Meschishnick Laurie SK W W55/64
Miller Ken NB M M75/67
Miller Jill NB W W70/59
Normand Jocelyn QC M M60/96
Ogle David BC M M35/89
Penny Allison NL W W40/71
Perry Nalani NS W PW6/W40/87+
Piel-glade Linsey MB W W35/87
Pietracupa Michel QC M M60/73
Pineault James ON M M55/96
Pirrie Danielle ON W W45/81
Poitras Anne Marie NB W W40/71
Poulin Manon QC W W55/59
Pridham Tyler BC M M35/89
Purac Stella BC W W50/55
Quinn Judy ON W W70/76
Reid Jil SK W W40/81
Reyes Jay ON W W40/87
Robertson Jordan ON W W40/64
Robson Frances SK W W60/59
Ross Dawn NS W W50/55
Roussel Mireille QC W W40/71
Sanderson Tim ON M M55/109
Sandhu Tirath BC M M50/109
Sandhu Mohan ON M M45/102
Slack Alan SK M M50/96
Smith Chris ON M M60/81
Stein Tracey AB W W35/87
Stewart Ruth BC W W65/71
Stranges Shaelene UK W W35/76
Tasnadi Attila NB M M45/81
Tortorici Nicola QC M M36/67
Villagonzolo Marifé ON W W50/71
Waller Aurora MB W W45/55
Warner Pamela ON W W40/49
Waterfield Madeleine ON W W55/81
White Theron BC M M40/89
Zirkle Molly ON W W55/59