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The South African Masters Weightlifting Federation (SAMWF) was started by Koos Henning and Antoinette Kriel in January 2016. Prior to this Masters athletes (35+ years of age) competed under the South African Weightlifting Federation (SAWF) but did not have their own body. The SAMWF is affiliated to the SAWF, and is recognised by the International Masters Weightlifting Federation as the national decision-making body for Masters weightlifting in South Africa.  The SAMWF has its own Executive Committee and constitution.

The SAMWF is responsible for:

Growing, organising and regulating Masters weightlifting in South Africa.

Setting standards and approving and maintaining national records.

Validating the results of individuals wishing to qualify for and participate in international weightlifting competitions.

Awarding SAMWF colours to those who qualify for and participate in international competitions.

It is our mission to encourage and enable individuals over the age of 35 to pursue their passion for weightlifting at whatever level they choose: from social/recreational participation for the sake of keeping healthy to being competitive at the highest level. We would therefore like to invite you to register with us (online registration available soon) so that we can keep you informed of all developments and competitions throughout the year and to become part of a community of like-minded individuals who are passionate about the beautiful sport of WEIGHTLIFTING.