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2023 World Masters Championships Results

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

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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

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Some of our Technical Officials
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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

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PRESIDENT ANNOUNCES ATTOLLO AWARD RECIPIENTS 2022

 

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

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

2023 Pan American Masters Championships

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.

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Tin Ly.2023 Quebec Provincials

2023 Masters World Cup – Canadian Results

2023 Masters World Cup - Canadian Results

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

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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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