El Comité Español de Halterofilia Máster se crea bajo el amparo de la Federación Española de Halterofilia, con el objetivo de informar, unificar y organizar al colectivo de halterófilos masters españoles (con 35 años y más sin límite), para que puedan participar en competiciones equitativas en relación a su edad, ya sea a nivel nacional o internacional.
IWF Masters General Secretary’s Championship Report
Bill Barton ha realizado su informe sobre los Campeonatos Mundiales de Halterofilia Máster de Torino 2013
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2013 WMG TORINO
(Incorporating the 2013 World Masters
IWF Masters General Secretary’s
This was a landmark
championship in the history of Masters weightlifting exceeding the number of
entries for all previous championships, also a record number of women
competitors, a record number of participating countries, and a record number of
weightlifting sessions over the 8 days of the championship.
However, it is important to state clearly the involvement of the IWF Masters
Committee in any and all Masters Games.
IWF Masters only run the actual weightlifting as one of the many sports within
is that the Regional Weightlifting Association of the WMG host country prepare
the venue and equipment, and organise loaders, in advance and ready for the IWF
Masters to run a championship. In Turin, this was not the case.
IWF Masters are not responsible for providing “letters of invitation” or
providing help in obtaining visas. This is the task of the WMG or organisers at
other World Masters Championships.
IWF Masters Committee are volunteers and receive no payments whatsoever for
running the WMG weightlifting.
IWF Masters organise Doping Control and negotiate medal ceremonies with flags
and anthems at all WMG weightlifting championships.
IWF Masters cannot help or be involved in complaints against any WMG Organising
Walter Cerrato – representing the IWF Masters Committee in many
meetings with the WMG Organisation, setting up the championship venue, and
having so many friends who worked throughout the week to make a great
Alessandro Crema, Maykol Crema, and Beatrice Sgarbossa – for
providing web, streaming, Facebook, camera and electronics. Maykol also
accompanied David Meltzer on his violin whilst David sang the Italian anthem.
The 8 young loaders from Walter’s gym who
worked tirelessly for the entire competition.
Diego Cudia and Gabriella Melfa controlling the medals.
Susana Perrone – supporting Walter and known by all.
Luigi Zurla – transporting and loaning equipment for the training
Valerio Bia – at the “Committee hotel” AT 6.30 am each morning to
taxi our weigh-in teams to the venue for all early 7 am weigh-ins.
Claudio Gorgerino – the only IWF Referee representing Italy
and officiating many sessions.
Beppe Molinar – Fitness Equipment Centre – when there were problems
with the stage he was able to make supports to solve the problems and enable
the championship to run continuously to the end.
Traisci and Gian Nicola Grosso of MSP ITALIA, the National
Federation of Sports recognised by Olympic Committee of Italy, for supporting
the championship and Italian Masters.
Emanuel Pacera and family – they served
food and drinks at the venue all 10 days of the championship and gave us the
best ever Closing Banquet.
Pacera (cousin of Emanuel) helped at the venue at the start (first few days)
and at the end.
2.IWF Masters Committee
Vice Chairs Lawrie
Les Simonton USA
Sandra Smith GBR
Kurt Rosenberger Germany
General Secretary Bill
Women’s Representative Caroline
Pan Am Masters Corinne
European Masters Denise
Oceania Masters Coral
Anti-Doping Jozef Lazou Belgium
Presentations Lenia Offermann Cyprus
& Scoreboard Johan
Erling Sweden (Eleiko)
Medical Mark Lavalee USA
his medical team)
personal thanks to all the above members of the IWF Masters Committee for their
tireless effort from early morning until late evening to ensure the
championship ran smoothly and on time. With 47 sessions of weightlifting over
10 days it was a very difficult championship but every session started on time
in accordance with the Competition Schedule. I feel honoured and proud to be
General Secretary of such a hardworking and dedicated team that enabled this
2013 WMG Torino to function so smoothly and virtually free of problems.
mention the medical team because the care of athletes who may be injured on the
platform is of prime importance to all Masters and this is Mark Lavallee’s
prime objective also. Mark is moving away from Chicago to a completely new
medical centre and I know you will all support me in wishing Mark continued
success in his career. He has promised he will be with us at our championships
for as long as he receives funding in his medical budget. Good luck Mark and
Doping Control Officers from the Moscow NADA worked hard and inconspicuously to
conduct the required number of dope tests at this big championship and we offer
our grateful thanks. Within 8 days from the end of the championship the very
efficient Moscow laboratory produced all the results.
Thank you all those lifters who not only paid the WMG
registration fee to compete but also gave your time to referee and/or officiate
in some way. Many of you came prepared to referee and without your help the IWF
Masters would have been hard pressed to make a successful championship.
Thank you David Meltzer for always making yourself
available to sing the national anthems in all those languages at all our
were many problems to overcome leading up to the WMG including finance of the
championship and the Italian Federation which not only refused to help or be
involved in the WMG but also instructed all clubs not to loan equipment for the
Games on threat of suspension.
all the difficulties to one side, we did
record entry of 588 competitors.
A record entry
for women with 127 competitors.
A record number
of participating nations – 47.
A record number
of weightlifting sessions – 47.
special mention for the women who set such high standards for Masters Women’s
Weightlifting. It was probably the best since women’s weightlifting started in
the Masters and it was obviously appreciated by the audience filling the venue
during their sessions.
Cerrato set the stage and venue up really well and his team of helpers gave the
championship great support.
officials were there for the start of all weigh-ins even though the venue was
some distance from all hotels and the Competition Schedule held up without
criticism and every session started on time.
medals were given for the first three in all body weight categories within all
age groups, this was also for the first time in any WMG.
WMG and World Masters records were broken and record certificates produced by
the IWF Masters Committee upon request.
excellent lifting with some categories keenly contested until the final lift.
was the only sport from 31 different sports in the 2013 WMG Torino that had its
own opening ceremony and also a medal ceremony with flags and anthems.
Hall of Fame ceremonies were also done at appropriate times within the
Closing Banquet was the noisiest, funniest, friendliest, and happiest Closing
Banquet in the history of Masters weightlifting.
entire championship was streamed to the internet to YOUTUBE and FACEBOOK thanks
to the trio of volunteers determined to make this happen. They did make it
happen and in doing so could very well enhance the reputation of the IWF
Masters Committee as a team who run very successful championships even when it
is necessary to overcome adversity.
It is not my intention to
summarise all the sessions of weightlifting as the entire event is now on
YouTube (thanks to Alessandro, Maykol, and Beatrice) and you can view any or
all sessions whenever you wish. The many WMG records and World Masters records
set at this championship bears testament to a very high standard of Masters
In my opinion the
weightlifting in this WMG was a huge success made successful by all the
volunteers, officials, and almost 600 Masters weightlifters who travelled from
47 different countries. My thanks to everyone involved.