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Masters Weightlifting

Queensland Weightlifting welcomes membership from Masters athletes, aged 35 years or older. Athletes are Masters from the first of January in the year that they turn 35.

The Australian Masters Weightlifting scene has flourished in recent years with growing numbers of older males and females continuing weightlifting as a lifelong activity or commencing the sport for the first time.


Competing as a Master


Opportunities exist for Masters to compete at Club, State, National and International level. The age groups for Masters are in 5-year increments:

35–39, 40–44, 45–49, 50–54, 55–59, 60–64, 65–69, 70–74, 75–79, 80+

The bodyweight categories are:
Women: F48, F53, F58, F63, F69, F75, F90, F90+
Men: M56, M62, M69, M77, M85, M94, M105, M105+

Lifting big weights is not a requisite with many Masters competitions having lower or no minimum entry standards. The minimum weight that can be attempted in a QWA competition is 15kg.

In 2017 the Qld Masters Championships will be held on 26 August in Toowoomba. Additional opportunities for Masters include the annual AWF National Masters Championships and IWF World Masters Championships. Learn more about qualifying for events.

View the full QWA Competition Calendar


QWA Masters Membership

The QWA 12-month membership fee for Masters is $85, and includes Australian Weightlifting Federation registration and insurance. Current members are covered in competition and in training. Read more about AWF Insurance.

Sign up to become a QWA Member and receive the QWA Masters Email Newsletter a monthly newsletter sent to our database of QWA Masters. It includes competition news, athlete profiles and health & fitness tips.

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QWA Masters Committee

In addition to promoting Masters weightlifting, the QWA Masters Committee was formed to advise the QWA Management Committee on matters specifically affecting Masters Weightlifting in Qld and to propose, lead and oversee related programs and activities. If you would like to raise an issue with the QWA Masters Committee, please contact the QWA Office or the members listed below:

•   Tara Noonan (QWA Masters coordinator)
•   Callum Hannay
•   Barry Harden
•   Lawrie Townsend
•   Nathan Sainsbury

Useful Links for Masters

•   IWF-Masters International Weightlifting Federation Masters
•   Australian Weightlifting Federation Masters on Facebook
•   AWF Competition Results and Athlete Rankings