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Adaptive Athlete Inclusion

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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?

Individuals

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.

WCHM Members return victorious

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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

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2022 Pan Am Masters Weightlifting Championships

Isabelle Gauthier - Best Women Athlete

CANADIAN MASTERS WOMENS TEAM AWARDED SECOND PLACE AT PAN AM MASTERS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Here are the results of all the Canadian athletes who competed at the 2022 Pan American Masters Weightlifting Championships.

Special congratulations to Isabelle Gauthier, from Montréal, who captured not only a Gold Medal but also World Masters and Pan American Masters records in the Snatch, Clean and Jerk, and Total.

Looking at the Team Points, our Team may have placed second, but they are gold material! Well done Team Canada.!!!

 

L’ÉQUIPE CANADIENNE FÉMININE DES MAÎTRES OBTIENT LA DEUXIÈME PLACE AUX CHAMPIONNATS PANAMÉRICAINS DES MAÎTRES

Voici les résultats de tous les athlètes canadiens qui ont participé aux Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie des maîtres 2022.

Félicitations spéciales à Isabelle Gauthier, de Montréal, qui a remporté non seulement une médaille d’or, mais aussi des records de maîtres du monde et de maîtres panaméricains dans l’arraché, l’épaule jété et les totaux.

En regardant les points d’équipe, notre équipe s’est peut-être classée deuxième, mais ce sont des matériaux en or! Bravo à Équipe Canada.!!!

CMWFHCM President Makes Para Weightlifting Appointments.

CMWFHCM President Makes Para Weightlifting Appointments.

Le président de la CMPMMT prend des rendez-vous en haltérophilie para.

Nalani Perry: Director for the Advancement of Para Weightlifting
Nalani Perry: Director for the Advancement of Para Weightlifting
Scott Glass: Para Sport Liaison
Scott Glass: Para Sport Liaison
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Directeur de l'Avancement de la Para-Haltérophilie et Liaison de Para-Sports

 

Le Président de la CMWFHCM a nommé Nalani Perry, de Bedford, en Nouvelle-Écosse, le Directeur de l'Avancement de la Para-Haltérophilie de la Fédération.  Scott Glass, l'Aviseur de la Para-Haltérophilie va assumer le rôle de Liaison de Para-Sports.  Ces nominations vont aider à sensibiliser la para-haltérophilie en tant que groupe viable dans nos communautés provinciales, nationales et internationales d'haltérohilie. Nalani va se concentrer sur la promotion de l'inclsuion des athlètes adaptifs en tant que para-haltérophiles avec les associations provinciales d'haltérophilie, Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie, la IWF Maîtres et la Fédération Panaméricaine Maîtres d'Haltérophilie.  Scott va se concentrer sur la promotion de notre sport auprès des organisations canadiennes de para sports. Nalani et Scott vont aussi servir en tant que membres du Comité Aviseur, un groupe qui fait partie de la structure de l'organisation de la Fédération qui offre des conseils au Président et au Conseil.

VIRTUAL UNOFFICIAL CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING RECORDS/RECORDS D’HALTÉROPHILIE DES MAÎTRES CANADIENS NON OFFICIELS VIRTUELS

VIRTUAL UNOFFICIAL CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING RECORDS

RECORDS D’HALTÉROPHILIE DES MAÎTRES CANADIENS NON OFFICIELS VIRTUELS

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(ACKNOWLEDGING MEMBERS EXCEEDING THE CANADIAN MASTERS WEIGHTLIFTING RECORDS AT ONLINE OR VIRTUAL NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COMPETITIONS)

Seeing that the 2020 virtual Pan American Masters are not, and the 2021 Canadian Masters cannot, be subject to drug testing, Canadian Masters Records cannot be contested.  However, I will be acknowledging our members’ successful attempts that are higher than existing records or the established minimum by creating a special page at the end of record charts just for that purpose.  These admirable accomplishments (President’s Special MentionVirtual Unofficial Canadian Masters Weightlifting Records) will not replace any records currently held by our members.  These accomplishments will be removed when any lift is tied or exceeded by a member competing in a qualifying competition that was subject to drug testing.  Athletes being acknowledged for these accomplishments will not receive our Official Certificate.  Instead they will receive a Congratulatory Certificate (no glossy gold imprinted seal) from me. 

2020 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

Rapport annuel 2020

Dear Members,

I hope this message finds you in good spirits and good health as our weightlifting communities throughout Canada slowly return to opening their clubs.  These openings vary with each Province and perhaps even with each city. Remember to strictly follow the new rules and regulations being established by each weightlifting club.  The healthier we can remain, the better our return to the competitions in which we love to gather.

 

You will find attached to this email the 2020 Annual Report of the Canadian Masters and the Agenda for the meeting we could not conduct. I have appointed, and I welcome, two new Board members, Greg Doucette from New Brunswick, and David Rosati from Ontario. My thanks to Heidi Schraft and Mario Robitaille for their past service as Board Members.  The full 2020/2021 list of our Secretaries and Representatives is also attached.

 

At our next Annual General Meeting in 2021, we will ratify my Board member appointments and approve our post-incorporation bylaws. I will keep you posted on any specific updates to the World Masters Games, but please keep tuned to our Federation website, our Federation Facebook page and my Facebook page.

 

Keep well and we’ll chat soon.

 

Regards,

Mark

Hall of Fame 2020

Hall of Fame Inductions 2020

We are proud to induct three worthy members of our Federation into the Hall of Fame.  Achieving this status takes a lot of commitment and participation in Weightlifting Competitions.  Candidates must have acquired 100 points total from competing in the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, the World level Championships, and Pan American Masters.  Based on the information provided to me from our Hall of Fame Secretary, Ken Miller, who we also extend our appreciation, we have three inductee candidates.

Jocelyn Normand accumulated 110 points in total.  72 points from competing at Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, 12 points from World level Championships and 17 points from Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Stepan Hroupa accumulated 108 points in total.  77 points from competing at Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, 3 points from World level Championships and 28 points from Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Michel Pietracupa accumulated 108 points in total.  71 points from competing at Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships, 5 points from World level Championships and 32 points from Pan American Weightlifting Championships.

Please join me in welcoming Jocelyn, Stepan and Michel to the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation’s Hall of Fame.

Temple de la Renommée 2020

Je suis fier d’introniser trois membres dignes de notre Fédération au Temple de la Renommée.  Cela prend beaucoup d’engagement et de participation aux compétitions d’haltérophilie pour atteindre ce niveau.  Les candidats doivent avoir accumulé un total de 100 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, Championnats de niveau mondial, et Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie Maîtres.  Basé sur l’information que m’a fourni notre Secrétaire du Temple de la Renommée, Ken Miller, à qui nous exprimons aussi notre appréciation, nous avons trois candidats qui sont intronisés.

Jocelyn Normand a accumulé 110 points au total.  72 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, 12 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats de niveau mondial et 17 points des Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie.

Stepan Hroupa a accumulé 108 points au total.  77 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, 3 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats de niveau mondial et 28 points des Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie.

Michel Pietracupa a accumulé 108 points au total.  71 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats canadiens Maîtres d’haltérophilie, 5 points pour avoir compétitionné aux Championnats de niveau mondial et 32 points des Championnats panaméricains d’haltérophilie.

SVP joignez-vous à moi pour souhaiter la bienvenue à Jocelyn, Stepan et Michel au Temple de la Renommée de la Fédération d’Haltérophilie Canadienne Maîtres.

2020 Hall of Fame Plaques

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