Capilano Weightlifting Club

Capilano Weightlifting Club

We are a little old school. We believe that hard work and dedication to the art and science of weightlifting takes blood, sweat and sometimes a good laugh. We work hard, and compete all over Canada. New members are always welcome.

How to get started

Send us a message that you are coming and we can talk about making some space. We welcome new lifters and experienced lifters from all over. Sometimes our classes get full, so give us a heads up before you come just so that we can make sure we have space.


Head Coach – Mike Cartwright

Involved in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting for over 40 years and still competing today.
Represented TeamGB and Team England as both athlete and coach.
Winner of many national, British and world masters titles and records.

What is Olympic Weightlifting?

Weightlifting, also called Olympic-style weightlifting,  is an athletic discipline where the athlete must attempt to lift the maximum amount of weight they can from ground to overhead. The two competition lifts  and they are  the snatch and the clean and jerk.  In comparison with other strength sports, which test strength (with or without lifting aids), Weightlifting tests aspects of explosive strength; the lifts are therefore executed faster—and with more mobility and a greater range of motion during their execution—than other strength movements. Properly executed, the snatch and the clean and jerk are both dynamic and explosive while appearing graceful.

Winter Open Masters

This was the opening year for this new master event run by the Caledonian WLC in Burnaby. Two members represented the club.

Both lifters used this event as a test for their current strength before the BC Provincial Masters in March which is important for the qualifying for the World Masters in Montreal this August.

Kenneth Lo came with a positive state of mind and made lifts of 100 snatch and 115 in the clean and jerk to give a total of 215 and first place for the gold medal in the 81kg class

Mike Cartwright made the new 81KG bodyweight class and lifter well for a 6 for 6 performance with a snatch of 93 and clean and jerk of 110 to give a total of 203 for the gold medal in his age group and best lifter award.

Island Invitational Nanaimo 2018

Well it was the two old timers who represented the club at the Island Invitational competition. Terry and Mike donned their gear and headed for the platform. It was the first opportunity for both to lift in the new body weight classes that were recently set. It had been years since Mike has had to do this being very comfortable in the old 85 class but now had to reduce to only 81!

Terry once again showed his experience and lifted very well to be awarded with a bronze medal.

Mike who was feeling the effects of the weight loss lifted to establish new BC Masters records as this was the last opportunity before moving up an age class. This he did but the total was not what he had hoped for..

2018 BC Masters

Capilano hosted the BC Masters for 2018 and it was thanks to agree at team effort and individual commitment to make it happen that it ran so smoothly.

This is year saw a record entry for the Masters with over 60 registrations which meant an early start and also a late finish.

We had two ladies lifting, namely Linh Liu and Lucy Maxian. Now both girls have been showing just how they are maturing as lifters in that they remained composed and also determined to do well, which showed in their new competition best lifts and totals. Linh lifted 5/6 with a snatch of 39 and jerk of 45 to total 84 and Gold! Lucy grew in confidence with every lift for a 6/6 performance of 53 snatch and 66 jerk to total 119 foe another Gold!

Terry Cooper lifted well with a 5/6 performance to total 96 (42+54) and a silver.

Mike Cartwright who was not at his best with a trapped nerve lifted below expectations with a total of 187 (85+102) but this was good enough for Gold and also the best lifter award.

Arthur Frenette reported for duty with a head cold but this did not seem to diminish his efforts as he went 6/6 with a total of 195 (85+110) for the Gold and an unofficial Csnadian Masters jerk and total record.

Daniel Webster on his first (hopefully not last) turn out of the Caps decided to demonstrate a show of pure power lifts to go 6/6 with a total of 166 (75+91) for his Gold.

Next up Mr Positive! Kayvan Khalilzadeh once more showed his progress in competition maturity with a total of 164 (70+94) for Gold and a new BC Masters jerk record!

who next? Arnold! In the form of Kenneth Chak Lo who is improving all the time. Kenneth went 6/6 to total 213 (93/120) for Gold and a world masters qualifier!

Keian Kok lifted as well as expected with a total of 190 (80+110) to gain him a well earned silver. Perhaps the best to see was his attempt at 121, which he cleaned! So more is expected from him in the near future.

Jorg Patzer, his first competition but he lifted with the composure of someone more established in lifting. He totalled 197 (85/112) for silver. He was asked to go for the 112 after failing 108, with nothing to lose but to gain qualifying for the PanAm masters. He delivered in great style!

Nick Liu gave a 5/6 performance total of 185 (75/110) which puts him right back to where he has been. We all feel that a 6/6 was possible but he showed a great acting skill of Homer Simpson but dropping the weight before the down signal. We believer hat he was only competing with his wife Linh on this because she did the very same!!!!

when all is said and done it was a great day for the club and thanks to all who lifted and helped out. We did ourselves and the club proud.