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.

Inter Club Competition Fall 2021

The Fall event for clubs to enter for some fun and for beginners to use as low key competition to experience what a competition is like.

We had five male club members who wanted to “have a go” to see where they were in terms of performance when none have focused towards any peak.

Our “little guy” with a big personality, namely Tim Wostradowski is finding such events very useful to get more platform experience and he managed his stress levels better, so much so that he achieved new PR’s in the clean and jerk, and total with 148.  We expect 150+ next time.




Then Hugo Martinez lifted well for his first ever 200lb snatch (91kg)!!!! Hugo’s technique and hip speed has really improved over the last few months and this showed.

Also lifting were Mike Aasen, Joe Damiani and Guillaume Girard who all had a good time but because of where they are in training none were expecting big numbers.

Also thanks for those training and encouraging on the night. A great evening and much learning for all.

A big thanks from the coach for representing the club!

Mike Cartwright


Photo Credit: Sandrine Lepesqeueux

Vancouver Classic 2021 (Virtual Competition)

Caps lifters represented the club admirably during the recent Vancouver Classic which was held virtually- we all know why. Sandrine Lepesqueux lifted well with best lifts of 50 and 65 for a total of 115 which earned her a bronze! For the guys we hauled in two more silvers and a bronze. Tim Wostradowski silver, Kenneth Lo silver Michael Aasen bronze. Although out of the medals, Matthew Magdales and Hugo Martinez didn’t let anyone down gaining fourth and fifth places. Finally a special well done to Kenneth who was awarded the Best Masters Lifter award – well done!!!

Congratulations to Kenneth Lo for being awarded Best Masters Lifter!

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.