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Masters Weightlifting

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.

2019 Masters Events

  • NSW Masters Championships, Saturday 16 February 2019.
  • 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. Entries close Wednesday 23 January 2019 - to enter click here. To view the 2019 Australian Masters Weightlifting Championships Regulations click here.

  • Oceania, Commonwealth and Pacific Rim Masters Championships, Mantra On View, Gold Coast QLD 13-17 June 2019 - all masters lifters must achieve two totals during the qualifying period (7 September 2018 to 17 March 2019) - Mantra on View have reduced room rates available, to book complete this form. There is also a Facebook group

  • IWF World Masters Championships, Montreal Canada 15-23 August 2019 - all masters lifters must achieve a total during the qualifying period (1 May 2018 - 30 April 2019) - head to the Facebook page or join the Facebook group. See below for the new registration process. 

  • Masters World Cup, San Diego 3-6 October 2019 - check out the details here. Note that all competitors are required to book a minimum of two nights accommodation at the Town and Country Resort (venue for event).

2020 Masters Events

  • NSW Masters Championships, Saturday 4 April, 2020. To qualify lifters must have achieved a total during the qualifying period (23 August 2019 – 15 March 2020).

  • AWF Masters Championships & Oceania Masters Open, Friday 5 June - Sunday 7 June 2020 at the Pullman International in Cairns. To qualify lifters must have achieved a total in two competitions during the qualifying period (13 June 2019 - 5 April 2020), including lifting in the NSW Masters Championships 2020.

  • World Masters Championships Obrigheim, Germany 28 August - 6 September 2020. Qualifying information has not been released yet. 

2021 Masters Events

World Masters Games Kansai, Japan 14 May - 30 May 2021  


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 




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