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.

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.


A big thank you to all the club members for making it once again a memorable year!
A big Happy New year to you all and see you in 2018 because there is still, and always, a lot of hard work to do.

2017 Island Invitational – Nanaimo

Capilano travelled to Nanaimo this year with four lifters. It was an early start for those travelling on the day and a bit more organised for tho9se who had the sense to travel the day before. But we all made it for the weigh-in and everyone made their respective weights.

First up was the youngster in his 60’s  – Terry Cooper who lifter well with a 5/6 performance with snatches of 42/44/46 and clean and jerk of 62/64 to give a 110 total and a well earned silver medal – well done.

Next up was the experienced master Lance Gallagher who put in a 4/6 performance with snatches of 75/80 and clean and jerks of 90/95 for a total of 175. Then we also had our new kid on the block lifting in his first ever competition Jerico Lumanlan who showed great composure for his first platform experience and gave a 4/6 performance of 74/80 snatch and 92/95 jerks to total 175 and just out of the medals. But he now had new competition PR’s which we all expect him to beat next time out. Well done.

Lastly we had our other tall guy in the shape of Nelson Phillips who gave us a 3/6 performance of 84/88 and 107 for a total of 195 and a bronze medal. His legs failed him this time in the clans so back to basics and squats on the menu!!!

So until the next meet!!! Watch this space and well done to all!!


Well what more can be said than that the Capilano Club had the most fantastic success at this years Canadian Masters championships held in Kelowna BC..

Each lifter had trained hard and prepared well for the day and the club members were so solid in how we all pulled together to help each other out where those who were lifting needed their help the most. So thank you for that as it is so important to enable the lifter who is preparing to focus one one thing and that is the task in hand to get the best total possible.

First up was Terry Cooper lifting in the M60 62kg class. Terry is still maturing (even at his late age) in how he approaches the competitions and his performance was fine as he set up a 4/6 effort with 42+58 =100. Our first gold!

The next session saw three of our members in action. Kayvan K continues to surprise us with his steady improvement and he set up a 4/6 effort with lifts of 72+92 = 164 for gold number two and also new Canadian Masters Records!!!!! M45 class 105+

Then came our joker, in a serious mood! The one and only Arthur Frenette!! Arthur also posted a 4/6 effort with lifts of 84+105 = 189 for gold number three and Canadian Masters snatch and total records!!! M55 class  105+

Lastly in this session the seasoned veteran who had a job to do! Coach Mike Cartwright was aware of the big Sinclair total of the great Terry Hadlow who had lifted in the previous session. Plus who should he be “eye ball to eye ball” but the also great ex-Olympian Guy Greavette where he and his coach were up to a great challenge on Terry’s total. So game on! Guy and Mike went lift for lift right to the very end and both had a total of 216 (96+120 with 5/6). But with age on his side and a much lighter bodyweight (7.2kg) he had a much better formula total.  The total at the end of the day was good enough for overall Best Male Lifter for 2017!!!! M55 85 class

Lastly, Jamie was lifting with the young uns! Another lifter who steadily just gets better with each competition. This is even greater when he is coming back from an old injury to his shoulder. Jamie put up an impressive performance of a 6/6 effort of 130+155 = 285 total for new BC records and a total good enough for Nationals. What’s more impressive is the antics with the 130 snatch recovering on one leg as his knee was out of sorts. Now normally that is a lifter all done. But bionic Jamie shrugged and then went head on into the jerks and got all three!! Respect.. Gold number six!!! M35 94 class.

The club would like to thanks Guy Greavette and his family, all his supporters and the venue owners for hosting a great professionally organized and run event  thanks also to the volunteers without which nothing would have happened.

and very lastly Team Capilano, brilliant!!!!!



B C Juniors 2017

We only had the one lifter this year in the juniors (because we are top heavy in masters!) – but that does not detract from the effort and great performance of Neil Gatpandan.

In his very first competition he showed great composure to achieve PR’s in the snatch, jerk and total. He lifted 2/6 in the snatch with 75 and 79 and then 3/3 in the jerk with 105,109 and 112!

All this was good to earn a well deserved Silver Medal!!!!

AND we must not forget a mention to Silvia Hua who stepped in at late notice to begin her coaching career to help Neil out. Clearly with all those personal best lifts from him she is a natural!!



This competition was the first of hopefully many more being run with kids and their development in sport in mind. It was hosted by Anthony Agtarap at his gym in Port Moody. It was intended to be a fun event and to a fault that’s what it was. The atmosphere was friendly and everyone help out.

So as a first thing to say – thanks to Anthony and all his crew for hosting a worthwhile and great event.

So that been said the Capilano lifters who entered all six of them put up very spirited and gutsy performances.

We had two ladies lifting and both came away with the gold medal! Silvia Hua who continues to improve both physical and mentally lifted 50 + 61 = 111 for a PR snatch and total. (48 class) Sarvenaz HM also improved with lifts of 64 + 82 = 146 including a PR snatch. (69 class)

On on to the guys. Our team consisted of Nelson Philips, John (Jack) McPhail, Mark Adams and Kayvan Khalilzadeh.

Nelson who is learning with each event he competes in and his progress is consistent. His lifts of 82 + 107 = 189 were competition PRs and good for the bronze (85 class).

Mark was on top form and with lifts of 118 + 140 = 258 he was easily the gold medalist and all three aspects of his performance were competition PRs. (94 class) (coach comment – “next time make weight”)

Jack  also lifted very well and also demonstrated his face pulling (gurning) talents as well with a PR snatch of 110 + 125 = 235 for the silver (because Mark was overweight) (94 class)

Lastly, Kayvan (our Crossfit nutcase!) also showed some great aggression with the bar which is the first time this part of his lifting showed. His lifts of 68 + 95 = 163 were good for gold and a PR jerk and total. (105+ class)

Well done to all and a great performance from Team Capilano!!!!!

Next on to the Canadian Master in Kelowna in mid-May. “Nationals”!!!!! Let’s see who will bring home the bacon. It is the first National event for all those going including Coach Mike who last won his 17th national (all age levels) just prior to arriving in Canada in 2008. Can he make it his 18th and first Canadian?

One thing that’s for sure we will all do our very best to get those medals for each of us, the Capilano Club and not forgetting BC. Only four weeks to go!!!