If you’re new to the sport of Olympic weightlifting when you start training the focus will be on technique. You’ll begin by using a light bar to learn the movements for the two Olympic lifts; the snatch, and the clean and jerk. The weights you lift will increase as your skills improve.
Regardless of your experience level you can be guaranteed to develop greater flexibility, coordination and balance as a result of your training. Two additional positive impacts that come along with doing resistance training include increased muscle mass and increased bone density. It is particularly important that we maintain these two physical attributes throughout our lifetime as they are vital to sustaining mobility as we get older. More recently it has been shown that resistance training is also important for our brain function.
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In Olympic weightlifting you are eligible to compete as a Masters weightlifter from the 1st January of the year in which you turn 35. The age groups are in 5 year increments 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+ (Women) and 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+ (Men) and the body weight categories are as follows:
Women: F45, F49, F55, F59, F64, F71, F76, F81, F87, F87+
Men: M55, M61, M67, M73, M81, M89, M96, M102, M109, M109+
You don't have to lift big weights in competitions. The minimum weight required for women is 21kg and the minimum weight required for men is 26kg. There are plenty of competitions held throughout the year hosted by local Clubs. The opportunity also exists to compete in championships at State, National and International level.
2021 Masters Events
- NSW Masters Championships, Hall of Legends Quaycentre Olympic Park Friday 30 April - Sunday 2 May 2021. To qualify lifters must have achieved a total during the qualifying period (26 July 2020 - 18 April 2021).
- World Masters Games (WMG) Kansai, Japan 14 May - 30 May 2021 NOTE - This event has been postponed to 2022 and is being replaced by an online real time competition (see below). The qualifying requirements, entry process and selection procedure are the same as for the WMG's event, however, the qualifying date has been extended to 15 February 2021.
- World Masters Weightlifting Championships 21 May - 29 May 2021 (online real time event). Qualifying Period: 16 August 2019 to 15 February 2021 - Qualifying Totals. The 2021 WMG/IWF Masters World Championship Preliminary Registration system will still be used to register for the new event https://www.masterswlreg.com/ with Preliminary Registrations now open until 15 February 2021.
- AWF Masters Championships, Oceania Masters Championships and Commonwealth Masters Championships, Friday 10 September - Sunday 12 September 2021 (this is the new date) at the Pullman International in Cairns. To qualify lifters must have achieved a total in one competition during the qualifying period (8 January 2021 - 25 July 2021), including lifting in the NSW Masters Championships 2021. NOTE: Lifters must be Australian Citizens to compete in the Oceania and Commonwealth sections of this event.
2022 Masters Events
World Masters Games (WMG) Kansai, Japan - postponed from 2021. Dates have been confirmed as 13-29 May 2022 Press release
IWF World Masters Championships Orlando, Florida 18 August - 27 August 2022.
COMMONWEALTH MASTERS RECORDS
- Commonwealth Masters Women's Records
- Commonwealth Masters Men's Records
IWF MASTERS RECORDS
Whatever your sporting background, level of fitness or health requirements Olympic weightlifting is a sport that is achievable, enjoyable and rewarding.
To get involved complete the Feedback Form on the Contact tab or head to the NSWWA Facebook page.
Linda Eades (NSW Masters Coordinator)
Lisa McGavern – NSW Masters Lifter
Lisa McGavern, F69 category in the Masters 45-49 group left the NSW Memorial Open on Saturday 26 November 2016 with the NSW state records for Snatch (38kg), Clean & Jerk (52kg), and Total (90kg).
The sport is one that Lisa has taken to with great enthusiasm. Her first affiliated competition was in February 2016 where she competed in the F75+ category (the heaviest body weight category for women in weightlifting until the new categories are introduced next year). Her next competition was only two months later in the F75 category where she not only lifted heavier numbers than she did previously, but set three state records in this weight class. She then lifted in Hobart in June at the Australian Masters Nationals where she managed a silver medal.
Since beginning her weightlifting journey Lisa has managed to lose almost 20kg in body weight and has still managed to set six NSW records (three of which she still holds) having competed in three different weight classes and for this I cannot be more proud of her and her accomplishments!!
Written by Troy Smith 26 November 2016