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.
Pumping iron could ward off dementia
Increasing muscle strength can improve brain function: study
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) 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.
2018 - 2019 Masters Events
Singapore Open Weightlifting Championships (inclusive Masters Division) 10 - 11 March 2018 http://swf.org.sg/singapore-open-championship/
Australian, Oceania and Open Masters Championships, Melbourne Australia 25-27 May 2018.
IWF Masters World Championships, Barcelona Spain 17-18 August 2018. Qualifying standards apply http://www.weightliftinglh2018.com
Asia Pacific Masters Games, Penang Malaysia 7-15 September 2018. No qualifying standards apply - this is an inaugural event https://www.apmg2018.com
Masters World Cup, Fuzhou, Fujian Province China 26-29 October 2018
NSW Masters Championships dates tbc February 2019 - head to the NSWWA Facebook page
Australian Masters Championships, Darwin NT 16-17 March 2019 - all masters lifters must achieve a total during the qualifying period (25 May 2018 to NSW Championships) - head to the AWF Masters Facebook page
Oceania, Commonwealth and Pacific Rim Masters Championships, Gold Coast QLD 13-17 June 2019 - all masters lifters must achieve a total during the qualifying period (7 September 2018 to 17 March 2019) - join the Facebook group
IWF World Masters Championships Montreal Canada 15-23 August 2019 - all masters lifters must achieve a total during the qualifying period (17 November 2018 - 26 May 2019) - head to the Facebook page or join the Facebook group
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.
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 bodyweight 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