AWF News Bulletin

Dec 24 2020

2021 AWF Event Calendar

There have been many changes to the first version of the 2021 Event Calendar and there may be more as events both here and overseas could be affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in the months ahead. Just today, the IWF Youth World Championships was rescheduled, necessitating a change to the AWF National Youth & Under 15 Championships. The revised date of the AWF National Youth & U15 Championships will be advised as soon as possible.

The calendar as at today, including qualifying periods, qualifying standards and athlete whereabouts information periods, where applicable, is here: 2021 Calendar at 24 Dec 2020

Details of the 2021 State and Club competitions submitted by State Members are now included in the AWF website calendar and changes to those events can be made by State Members by the usual online change request process through their State Member administration portal.

South Australian Weightlifting Association

The AWF Board and members in South Australia determined to make 2020 the year that the South Australian Weightlifting Association returned to State Member status within the Australian Weightlifting Federation. Following a series of actions that were commenced in February, the members in South Australia held a General Meeting on 14 November and elected a new Board to manage the SAWLA. The final step in the process was achieved on 8 December when the AWF Board of Directors voted unanimously to pass a resolution to admit the South Australian Weightlifting Association to the AWF as the State Member for South Australia. The SAWLA Board consists of Arjun Tokhi (President), Lenin Pichiyan (Treasurer), Josh Witham, Jamie Nguyen.

Oceania International League

Australia remains firmly in second position on the OWF League Ladder after defeating Kiribati in Round 7. There are two rounds to go in this competition and the AWF Team must still put in good performances in January and February to cross the finish line on the heels of the unbeatable Samoa. Round 7 Results and Leaderboard

Anti-Doping and Integrity

Staring in 2021 all lifters in state and national championships will be required to receive anti-doping education before they compete. With the support of Sport Integrity Australia (SIA), the AWF will activate an anti-doping education plan that aims to ensure that athletes and their support personnel are educated about anti-doping and other important integrity matters. The easiest way to be informed and stay up to date is to work through the suite of free online courses provided by SIA at the SIA e-Learning Hub.

The AWF has adopted the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy as the Anti-Doping Policy of the Australian Weightlifting Federation, effective 1 January 2021. This policy applies to all members of the AWF and it’s important that all members understand their obligations, responsibilities and rights in regard to anti-doping.

Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

The COVID-19 pandemic may have delayed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games by one year, but it hasn’t extinguished the Olympic spirit. Australian Olympic Committee Vice President and Tokyo 2020 Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman visited the AWF office recently and he confirmed the AOC’s absolute commitment to taking the Team to Tokyo In July.

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The B2022 Weightlifting Athlete Allocation System has been approved by the Commonwealth Games Federation. As was the case for the previous Games at the Gold Coast, the 2021 Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships will provide a fast track for some athletes to qualify for the Birmingham Games. The Gold Medallist in each B2022 bodyweight category at the 2021 Commonwealth Championships will automatically qualify to compete in the same category at Birmingham.

The AWF has made submissions to the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation (CWF) to host the 2021 Commonwealth Championships, however England and Malaysia have also expressed interest. The CWF will decide on the host country very soon. If Australia is selected, the event will be held in Sydney in late October.

AWF Office

The AWF Office will be closed for the Christmas – New Year period, reopening at our current location in the Anna Meares Velodrome on Monday 4th January 2021 and then moving to the Chandler Arena, still within the Sleeman Sports Complex, to secure a longer-term tenancy.

Message from the AWF President

On behalf of the AWF Board of Directors and staff, I wish to thank everyone who has made a contribution to Australian Weightlifting in this most unusual and difficult year. The COVID-19 pandemic caused disruption to all aspects of daily life on a scale that none of us could have ever imagined at this time last year. Through it all, weightlifting’s administrators, coaches, athletes, officials and supporters have stood by each other and worked together to adapt to the ever-changing world around us.

Despite the difficulties, we have managed to achieve many things. In February we delivered one of the last Tokyo Olympic Qualification events to take place before the pandemic struck. Our top athletes have continued to train and the High Performance Squad Program has expanded to include a new Elite Squad. The Performance Pathway Program has commenced and will be up and running at full steam next year, identifying and supporting talented young lifters. And we not only participated in innovative online weightlifting competitions organised by others, but we even devised and delivered one of our own, which may prove to be the first of many to come.

And I wish to recognise and commend the essential work done in these past months by everyone involved with Clubs and State Associations to comply with government regulations and ensure that weightlifting training and competitions could resume and continue in a safe manner.

I extend best wishes to all for a Merry Christmas and I look forward to working with you all again in 2021 which I’m sure we all hope will be a much better year all round.

Sam Coffa AM JP