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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

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

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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
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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
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Photo:John@opaque.co.nz
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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

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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

 

Poulin

Paule

NZ

Tempelaar

Martin

ON

Pietracupa

Michel

QC

Poulin

Manon

QC

Sullivan

Allison

AB

Stewart

Ruth

BC

Chisholm

Heather

BC

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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
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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.

Para Weightlifting gets some para-traction in New Zealand

Para Weightlifting gets some para-traction in New Zealand

La para-haltérophilie obtient de la para-traction en Nouvelle-Zélande

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Canadian Masters member Paule Poulin shares our enthusiasm of including adaptive athletes as para weightlifters.  In New Zealand, Paule aims to support other like-minded individuals who are working towards the inclusion of adaptive athletes into the weightlifting community.  As a member of the CMWFHCM Para Weightlifting Advisory Group, she is well briefed on the Federation’s Para Weightlifting policies and regulations. The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation welcomes Weightlifting New Zealand aboard this journey of inclusion and looks forward to sharing our successes and challenges along the way.

 

Here is an article from Paule Poulin:

 

Adaptive Weightlifting is taking off in New Zealand, get involved!

 

The first AdPara in New Zeelandaptive Weightlifting event in New Zealand was held at Mount Crossfit on Saturday 3 September 2022. Under the format of Give it a go, and coached by Weightlifting NZ adaptive weightlifting lead Diogo Freire, it was a promising start. Four athletes came and were shown and tried some basic lifts, adapted to their particular situation. Adaptations are individualised can be made for different situations such as athletes in a wheelchair, athletes with limited range of motion, athletes with visual impairments, etc. Functional Adaptive Movement (FAM) are also a big supporter and are working with WNZ to develop the sport for adaptive athletes.

 

The future plan for WNZ is to have a showcase adaptive weightlifting event at the 2022 Junior and Senior Nationals in Tauranga. Diogo is also working on developing links with other organisations such as Adaptive Training Academy, Crossroads Alliance, and linking up with the Canadian and Australian federations to share best practices.

Adaptive weightlifting is starting to take off in other countries as well, including the USA and Canada, so more to come for sure. The IWF World Masters Championships to be held in Orlando Florida in December 2022 will include adaptive weightlifters.

 

So, if you know of an adaptive athlete looking for a challenge, talk to them about our beautiful sport. If any club or athletes are interested, they can get in touch with Diogo at diogo@functionaladapotivemoevment.com

 

CMWFHCM 2022 Coach of the Year Award

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Coach of the Year 2022 prix des entraîneurs canadiens

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JEREMY MARTIN

Jeremy Martin is an NCCP Level 1 coach who has coached about 10 Masters, many who are members of our Federation. Jeremy is the Coach at Loaded Athletics, in British Columbia.

 

Jeremy has a master degree in Kinesiology from UBC, and he is a certified coach with the NSCA CSCS.  As a lifelong competitive athlete, he brings experience in provincial level powerlifting, strongman and national level weightlifting.

 

His combination of high-level education, self- directed learning, personal athletic experience and natural intuition for human movement and performance has taken two of his athletes from beginners to the highest level of competition in masters.  Cathy Hambly and Janella David have both set records and earned medals in their respective weight classes and age groups at the provincial, national and world level.

 

His athletes say that what sets him apart from other coaches is his personal investment in their journey as athletes.  Jeremy is deeply involved in every aspect of their training, and takes an interest in them as individuals.  From programming, training, nutrition and recovery, to their lives outside of lifting, he is supportive and always available.  Jeremy has been noted to have the natural ability to make each of his athletes feel fully understood and as a result, is a huge part of the success they have all achieved.

 

At competitions, as all excellent coaches do, he looks after all of the details and removes any potential stress or distractions.  His athletes have voiced Jeremy’s exceptional skill at counting attempts, and timing of their lifts for their attempts on the competition.

President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

President announces 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award

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Ed Fergusson

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

2022 CMWC Welcomes Para Weightlifters to Their First In-Person Championships

2022 CMWC welcomes para weightlifters to their first in-person championships

Les Championnats canadiens d’haltérophilie des maîtres 2022 accueillent leur premier en personne Para Haltérophiles

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Image from The Start of Something New - Para Weightlifting at the CMWC
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This year, we will be welcoming two adaptive athletes, as para weightlifters, to the 2022 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. It is not an easy task to enter a weightlifting competition as a para-athlete. To date, there are no policies or practices for the inclusion of adaptive athletes as provincial level weightlifters. Provincial level weightlifting does not fall under the auspices of the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation. This does indeed pose a challenge for our Federation, but not a great enough challenge to dismiss this overlooked group of athletes. As one surveys our website section on Para Weightlifting it will become obvious that we will find ways of welcoming them into our community. Each potential para weightlifter connects personally with our Federation President in order to determine their readiness for a national competition. Unless deemed by a medical doctor as unsuitable to compete, the adaptive athlete will find a place on our weightlifting competition platform.

 

Being asked to officiate the Olympic lifts for para weightlifters might make our Technical Officials somewhat uneasy. Current certification of technical officials and coaching requirements do not, at least at this time, include any specific preparation for the adaptive athlete. Our Federation has prepared guidelines that can be easily integrated within the current technical official’s refereeing responsibilities. Our Federation will defer coaching expertise to those most aptly prepared by Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie in cooperation with the National Coaching Certification Program (NCCP)

 

At the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation, we can understand the difficulties experienced by adaptive athletes who decide to compete as para-weightlifters. As Masters weightlifters, we were at one time overlooked by the Provincial Weightlifting Associations and the National Sports Organization for Weightlifting, Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie. But times have changed and our Federation has been successful at encouraging all of the Provincial Weightlifting Associations to host Provincial Masters Weightlifting Championships. Our relationship with Weightlifting Canada Haltérophilie continues to strengthen as more Masters join our family and contribute back into the national weightlifting community as technical officials and coaches. As these professional relationships continue to strengthen at the provincial and national level, we at the Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation believe more doors for the adaptive para weightlifter will open and the present perceived barriers will be eliminated.

 

Para weightlifting and para weightlifters are expressions used by our Federation to describe adaptive athletes who take up the sport of weightlifting with strong desires to compete. As Masters were once a marginal group, para weightlifters now find themselves in a similar position. Many decades ago, women were the marginalized group, and we all know very well how they have demonstrated their success at weightlifting.

 

The Canadian Masters Weightlifting Federation welcomes back Scott Glass, from Saskatchewan, our first para weightlifter, who competed in the 2021 virtual Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships. We also welcome our first woman para weightlifter, Nalani Perry from Nova Scotia. The welcome mat has been placed at our “door” and though we may not be the perfect “host”, we will certainly try to improve our “décor” with suggestions by our new and veteran members alike.

 

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.