By Anna Resman Finding Longevity in the Sport
One of the many benefits of weightlift- ing is that it is a lifelong sport—lifters can continue to train and compete as they grow older and out of the qualify- ing range for senior events. USA Masters Weightlifting is a committee within USA Weightlifting; its purpose is to promote the sport of Olympic Weightlifting, in par- ticular, for individuals ages 35 and older.
USA Masters Weightlifting hosts two an- nual events—American Masters and Na- tional Masters—and ensures that all in- formation for major international masters events is made available to its members. National and American masters records are tracked by this committee, as well as the Masters Hall of Fame (when an athlete has won 10 National Masters).
USA Masters has no paid staff and is run solely by volunteers. Masters athletes must be registered athletes of the USA Weightlifting Federation and, in turn, re- ceive all USAW member benefits.
Masters athlete Rosanne Allen (Louis- ville, Colo.) spoke with us about her ex- perience with Weightlifting and the USA Weightlifting Masters program.
Q: How long have you been
weightlifting? A: Five years
Q: What has been your most memorable moment? A: Winning the Best Lifter award at
2016 Pan American Masters Championships
Note: Allen won the W50 age category at Pans with a very comfortable 38kg lead over second place. She totaled at 122kg with a 53kg snatch and 69kg clean and jerk in a five-for-six performance.
ROSANNE ALLEN COMPLETES A LIFT AT 2016 PAN AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIPS IN SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO.
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Q: What has your experience been like with USA Weightlifting Masters events
and programs? A: The meets always seem to run pretty smoothly. I like how they are getting a more updated website and increased the number of younger people involved in Masters Weightlifting meets and events.
Q: What changes do you notice, if any, when you transition to competing as a
Masters athlete? A: There always seems to be a more lim- ited number of National Masters events. I would like to see more of these or open National Weightlifting meets, similar to the upcoming American Open Region- al Series.
Q: What is one piece of advice that you would give to a lifter who is just getting
started in the sport? A: Find a good coach! One who has ex- perience or is willing to learn the sport, programming, and coaching in a meet. Find other lifters—Masters or not—that you enjoy lifting with and that encourage, support and challenge you during train- ing and competing.
Q: Anything else that you’d like to share? A: I don’t do cardio. No really, I love all
the people I have met through lifting in Colorado, throughout the U.S. and in- ternationally. There are some amazing people and lifters—you just have to open yourself up to meeting and learning from everyone and anyone, especially those that have a history as a lifter and coach.
Upcoming events include the: • National Masters Weightlifting Championships in Savannah, Georgia (March 9 to 12)
• World Masters Weightlifting Games in New Zealand (April 22 to 28)
• Pan American Masters Championships in the Dominican Republic (June 9 to 11)
To learn more about USA Masters Weightlifting, visit www.mastersweightlifting.org
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