Yes, still here. Sorry, big project (at job that pays bills) and a torn rotator cuff (minor, no surgery luckily) have had me stepping back a bit from weightlifting and the site temporarily. Be back with more soon. Lots of stuff happening for masters this year and next that looks interesting (American Open series, World Games, etc.)…

2016 Upcoming Masters Weightlifting Events (known and tentative)

I will attempt to keep an updated list here of upcoming masters weightlifting events worldwide. This is the start. The dates listed are the first day of the event in the case of multi-day events. Feel free to email me any more events or info you have at andrew (at) and I will include them in this list. I apologize for the English-speaking tilt to the list here – those events are the easiest for me to find (and understand) the event information.


April 11-15th – 2016 Masters Weightlifting World Cup (in Japan)

June 16 – 19th International Womens Weightlifting Grand Prix (in Tenerife, Spain; Girls, Seniors and Masters)

June 17 – 19th – Pan-American Masters Championships (in Puerto Rico)

May 21 – 28th – European Masters Championships (in Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan)

October 1- 8th – World Masters Weightlifting Championships (in Heinsheim, Germany)


March 31- April 3rd – Masters National Championship (in Savannah, GA, USA; current entries)

July 30th – USA Masters Games, Greensboro, NC, USA

November 4-6th – American Masters (Buffalo, NY, USA)


March – British Columbia Masters Championships

April 23- 24th – 2016 Canadian Masters Weightlifting Championships

Great Britian

Feb 6 – Northern Masters Championship

March 12- 13 – British National Masters Weightlifting championship (Lilleshall)



April 21 – 24th – Deutsche Meisterschaften der Masters


April 29 to May 1 – French National Masters Weightlifting Championship (Comines)


July 2 – Waregem 2016 – Masters Weightlifting Tournament


March 25 – IV Campeonato Ibérico 25/03/2016 Moita-Portugal (Iberian Championship)

May 28 – Spain Masters Individual Championships (Gijon)

July 7 – Madrid Masters Championship Spain Federations (Madrid)

Nov 19 – Spanish National Open Masters(Gandia)




April 2 – Tasmanian Masters State Championships

April 2 – Queensland Masters Championships

April 9 –  Victorian Masters Championships

April 9 – NSW State Masters Championships

June 3rd-5th – Olitek Australian and Oceania Masters Championships

New Zealand

? – OWNZ Masters Championship

Qualifying Totals for Masters at Lower Level Meets

Alright, this may end up being slightly ranty, if so I apologize.

Meet directors: if you’re going to come up with some qualifying totals for masters for a lower level state or regional type meet don’t be lazy and just subtract an arbitrary number from the Masters Nationals totals across the board. That doesn’t make any sense. Because of the way the masters totals are scaled from M35 to M85, a static subtraction will result in totals that are a varying percentage of the Nationals total. To take one very recent example, just subtracting 5kg from each qualifying number will result in totals ranging from 97.7% of the Nationals number for M35/105+’s to 90% of the qualifier for the M85/56’s.

Instead, subtract a static percentage. If you’re doing a regional event, I’d suggest using roughly the same percentage that USAW uses to differentiate Nationals from Regionals for the Youth, Junior and Senior weightlifters – i.e. ~71% (with some variance due to rounding). For a state level event, even that may seem a bit high (for all age groups, not just Masters) if you’re trying to have a logical progression from state level to bigger regional level. But that’s an argument for another time.

This is what the Masters totals would look like at a 71% reduction (current Masters Nationals totals on top, proposed state/regional totals below):


And for the women:


And here’s the spreadsheet if you want to play with the percentages yourself: 2015 totals.xlsx. Just remember, these totals are the result of research on decades of masters performance (see the 1994 paper “Age dependence of Olympic weightlifting ability” by David Meltzer) and were chosen with a great deal of thought. So meet directors, respect the previous work, chose a fair percentage of the qualifying totals and be fair to your older competitors!