Masters Weightlifting

In recent years the masters sporting movement has seen unprecedented growth. Whether it be former athletes who still enjoy the thrill of competition as they grow older, or individuals who take up a sport later in life, the number of masters age athletes who now compete has increased dramatically. In fact, the World Masters Games, held every four years, now attracts more participants than any other sporting event in the world.

Furthermore, it turns out that Olympic Weightlifting is one of the most popular sports among masters athletes. Lifters up to 80 years of age and older are lifting astounding weights in competitions all over the world. Proof positive that weightlifting really is a life-long activity.

In Canada there is an active masters weightlifting community (cdnmastersweightlifting.org), concentrated mainly in the larger population centres such as Toronto. Meets are held regularly, so there are plenty of opportunities to compete, both in Canada and internationally. Because masters athletes are entirely self-funded, international competitions are often treated as a combination competition/vacation. Meets really are a chance to get together with people from across the country and around the world who compete simply for the love of the sport.

Here in Nova Scotia, at our current stage of development, we do not yet have a good sense of the level of interest at the masters level. For the immediate future, it is anticipated that we will be hosting open competitions, welcoming youth, junior, senior and masters athletes alike. However, just as juniors are recognized for their performances in these competitions, masters lifters can also be recognized.

Initially, this recognition will take the form of official Nova Scotia Masters records, which will be recorded and published alongside our Junior and Senior records. The NSWA calendar will also track Masters competitions which might be of interest to Nova Scotian athletes.

Ultimately, masters competitions can be hosted by the NSWA when sufficient interest and numbers develop. So if you are (or soon will be ;) a masters age lifter, let us know you're out there. Better yet, enter a competition and find out how exciting and rewarding it can be to get out of the gym and lift in an actual meet. Weightlifting is, after all, a competitive sport.


2019 World Masters Qualifying Standards
Bodyweight
Category
Age Group
35-39 40-44 45-49 50-54 55-59 60-64 65-69 70-74 75-79 80+
 
 Women
45 kg 93 88 78 71 62 55 48 42 n/a
49 kg 99 94 83 76 67 59 52 45
55 kg 108 102 91 82 73 65 56 49
59 kg 114 107 95 86 76 68 59 51
64 kg 119 113 100 91 80 71 62 54
71 kg 127 119 106 96 85 76 66 57
76 kg 131 124 110 100 88 78 68 59
81 kg 135 127 113 102 91 80 70 61
87 kg 139 131 116 106 94 83 72 62
87+ kg 147 139 123 112 99 88 76 66
 
 Men
55 kg 170 161 149 137 123 111 98 86 73 60
61 kg 184 173 160 148 133 120 106 92 79 64
67 kg 195 184 171 157 141 127 113 98 84 68
73 kg 206 194 180 166 149 134 119 104 88 72
81 kg 218 205 190 175 157 142 125 109 93 76
89 kg 228 215 199 183 165 148 131 114 97 80
96 kg 235 222 205 189 170 153 135 118 100 82
102 kg 240 227 210 193 174 156 139 121 103 84
109 kg 246 232 215 198 178 160 142 124 105 86
109+ kg 250 236 219 201 181 163 144 126 107 87