Adaptive Athlete Inclusion

Genny Tidwell

Adaptive Inclusivity in Weightlifting

October 26, 2023
M. Gomes

“Adaptive Inclusivity in Weightlifting” includes, but not limited to, WCHM and its members, WCH and its Provincial Weightlifting Association affiliates and weightlifting clubs’ collective willingness to invite adaptive athletes into their respective weightlifting communities and to nurture their growth as active members of those communities. This can be done through supporting clubs who show interest in coaching adaptive athletes or that already have adaptive athletes as members; implementing existing sections on the coaching of adaptive athletes in their coach training education (WCH Coach Course); initiatives of each PWA to seek out and apply for provincial sports grants to assist their promotion of masters para weightlifting among their registered clubs; and creative membership fee structure for adaptive athletes joining our communities.

Including the Adaptive Athlete. What do you think?

The IWF and its NSOs do not promote or support the inclusion of adaptive athletes as para weightlifters. Though they may be few in numbers, adaptive athletes must be welcomed into our communities. Sports Canada presents a more inclusive position on adaptive athlete inclusion and encourages its National Sports Organizations to follow their lead. WCHM has stepped forward and though it can only promote para weightlifting at the Masters level, its Para Weightlifting Rules and Regulations have been adopted by many National Masters Weightlifting Federations/organizations as well as the IMWA and its international masters federations like the Pan American
Masters and the European Masters.


I encourage individual weightlifters, their coaches and clubs, and their Provincial Weightlifting Associations to approach adaptive athlete inclusion with an open mind and a genuine readiness to promote this inclusivity in their own unique and creative ways.


Adaptive athletes are already out there participating in various Canadian Para Sports. Many of these athletes fully understand the benefits of strength training. There are many skills and attitudes that adaptive athletes can contribute to our sport. If we truly believe our sport of Weightlifting can accommodate all individuals, then we cannot deprive adaptive athletes of participating with us.


WCHM is aware that there is no such sport called “Para Weightlifting.” However, in the decades to come, interest among national and international adaptive weightlifters will increase to the point that a sport called “Para Weightlifting” will emerge and take its rightful place in the Para Sport Community.


Think about the following statements and share your level of readiness with each other in order to generate discussion about the inclusion of adaptive athletes into weightlifting. The WCHM President welcomes your thoughts, concerns, ideas and suggestion. If/when contributing to this discussion, please use attollo@hotmail.com    Adaptive-Athlete-Resources_English.pdf (wchmasters.org)


Adaptive Athlete Inclusion – What do you think?


1. I welcome the inclusion of an adaptive athlete(s) into our weightlifting club.

2. I have examined the WCHM Para Weightlifting section of the WCHM website.

3. After examining the WCHM Para Weightlifting website information, I support the inclusion of Masters Para Weightlifters.

4. I would like to help our Coach train an adaptive/para weightlifter.

5. If given an opportunity, I would invite an adaptive athlete into our weightlifting club.

6. I would like to see a new para sport called “para weightlifting” either as part of WCHM or WCH.


Club Coaches

1. I welcome the inclusion of an adaptive athlete(s) into our weightlifting club.

2. I have viewed the WCHM Para Weightlifting section of the WCHM website.

3. After examining the WCHM Para Weightlifting website information, I support the inclusion of Masters Para Weightlifters.

4. I would be amenable to training an adaptive/para weightlifter.

5. Our gym has the physical capacity to include an adaptive/para weightlifter.

6. I have or can adjust our club coaching schedule to accommodate an adaptive/para weightlifter.

7. I have some experience coaching/training an adaptive athlete(s).

8. I would be interested in upgrading my adaptive athlete coaching skills if offered by my Provincial Weightlifting Association.


Provincial Weightlifting Association Officials

1. We welcome the inclusion of adaptive athletes into our weightlifting clubs.

2. We have viewed the WCHM Para Weightlifting section of the WCHM website.

3. After examining the WCHM Para Weightlifting website information, we support the inclusion of Masters Para Weightlifters.

4. We would be amenable to working with WCH Coach Educators in our Province to include the education of coaches in the area of adaptive/para weightlifting.

5. We currently have a program(s) for individuals with physical challenges.

6. We would be prepared to seek out Provincial Sports Funding to promote para weightlifting in our province.

7. We are prepared to include adaptive athletes as Para Weightlifters in our open weightlifting competitions.

8. We are prepared to work with WCH Coaching Educators in ensuring that adaptive coaching topics are included.

2023 Canadian Masters – President’s Welcome / Mot de bienvenue du président


A Welcome from the President of Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie Masters Mark Gomes

On behalf of Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie Masters, I welcome competitors, coaches, officials, volunteers, family members, friends and spectators who are joining us for this historic event in beautiful Midland, Ontario. This is our twenty-eight Masters National Championships. Joining me today to welcome you is Karine Brouillard, President of la Federation Haltérophilie du Québec. I am fortunate to have this President by my side to provide my welcome in the French language.


Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie Masters 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.


We are the first Masters weightlifting organization in the world to categorize itself as a separate national sports organization. We have successfully advocated and supported Canadian Masters Weightlifting at the National and International level since 1996. Our success is directly related to our strong organizational team, the commitment of our dedicated members and the support of every Provincial Weightlifting Association. We are officially recognized by the International Masters Weightlifting Association as Canada’s only sports organization representing masters weightlifters.


Driven Barbell Club organizing committee, under the leadership of Joanne Jeffrey and Alison Blackhurst has done an excellent job preparing this year’s Championships. The Ontario Weightlifting Association team, spearheaded by President Michael Miller, Vice President Linda Rosario-Earnshaw, and Competition Director, Dimitrije Mancic are commended for their undaunting support of the Masters weightlifting movement in Ontario and for all their hard work this weekend. I would also like to thank the town of Midland for allowing us to use this excellent sports facility, to RockTape for their generous donation of athlete knee sleeves, BMR Elmvale for platform building materials, Kelly Donaldson for the logo design and signage and Brenda Gyarmati for weightlifting belts.


I know how focused you will be on your session of this competition, but I invite you to visit and explore the sites in and around the town of Midland; such as Saint-Marie among the Hurons, Wye Marsh Wildlife Centre, the Midland Murals, the Huronia Museum and Ouendat Village, Midland Harbour and the Georgian Spirit Cruises just to name a few. I hope you will enjoy this weekend, whether at the Competition, exploring Midland or touring around Simcoe County.


Good luck and I wish you all personal bests at this year’s Championships.

2023 Canadian Masters Championnats canadiens d’haltérophilie maîtres

Some of our Technical Officials

A Weightlifting Championship or a Family Reunion?

As athletes lined up to register at the welcome desk, I observed their amazement at the gifts that were being provided to them. There were weightlifting belts, wrist straps, tee shirts, in addition to the items purchased in advance. The host volunteers were very welcoming and attended to all the questions being asked of them.


The North Simcoe Sports and Recreation Centre in Midland was the venue, and the host Driven Barbell Club took advantage of the facility to ensure that athletes and officials had all the necessary requirements to meet their needs.  There were 155 athletes (84 women and 71 men) competing at our Nationals, with over 15 athletes already applying for new Canadian Masters Records. Our athletes were focused on their lifting, but always found time to meet and greet each other with open arms. The entire event was like a family reunion, an atmosphere that one does not find at other levels of national championships.


If you check out the Results section of this website, you will find more detailed information about all the athletes and Team results. You can also enjoy the action from the weekend at the WCHM YouTube Channel found on our Event page of our Website.


Congratulations to Team Quebec (First), Team Ontario (Second) and Team British Columbia (third). Grand Masters were Marcel Perron and Isabelle Gauthier (in the photographs).


I encourage our readers to share this exciting weekend on their Facebook page and Instagram accounts and to spread the good news that the Masters Weightlifting movement continues to attract more members each year. The members of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Community (WCHM) are also actively involved in the Canadian Weightlifting community (Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie, WCH) as Technical Officials, Coaches, and Provincial Board members.

President announces 2022 ATTOLO Awards




The Attollo Award is achieved when a member of the Canadian Masters (WCHM) either gets a Gold at least three required competitions (Gold Award) or has participated in at least three of the same required competitions (Participation Award). The required competitions are the athlete’s Provincial Masters, Canadian Masters, Pan American Masters or World Masters Championships. Members are required to contact the President to ensure that they are included.


Accomplishing this achievement in our sport of Masters Weightlifting does not come easy. It requires great fitness, determination, dedication, and of course, considerable personal expenses.

Congratulations to Gold Award Recipient, Isabelle Gauthier.


Congratulations to Participation Award Recipients: Danielle Holdsworth, Frances Robson and Richelle Foster.

2022 Attollo Gold Award.Isabelle Gauthier

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.

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2023 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships

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.