Over the year’s we have seen a growth in our sport for competition as well as for recreation. There has also been an increased in local clubs practicing Olympic Lifts – Snatch and Clean & Jerk.

While SWF will continue to organise National competitions and its ancillary activities, we recognise that Clubs might also organise their own competitions.

With this in mind, SWF has formulated a set of Competitor Category definitions with the objective of making our National competitions more accessible to all athletes of all skill levels. It is the Federation’s hopes that our competitions would also be less intimidating to newcomers of the sport while fostering the spirit of fair play – through a transparent and understandable  standard of assessment.

Clubs may choose to set their own definitions for their own competitions. However, should they seek to have their competition sanctioned and recognised by SWF, this set of definitions would have to be adhered to.

This will take effect from 1st August 2014.

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These Competitor Category definitions are in respect to participants intend to compete  in a full Olympic Weightlifting competition programme (i.e. Snatch, Clean and Press), organised by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation.

NOVICE
Participant must not have:
a.      Represented Singapore or any other country in competitions (local or overseas); OR
b.      Participated in competitions (local or overseas) approved by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation or any other National Federations; OR
c.      Participated in more than 1 competition organised at Club level; OR
d.      Participated in more than 1 assessment sessions organised by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation.

NOTE: All first time Novice participants must attend an Olympic Weightlifting Workshop conducted by SWF. Objective is to ensure participants are able to execute their lifts correctly and compete safely. Fees applicable and will be advised in conjunction with the competition registration.

AMATEUR
Participant must not have:
a.      Represented Singapore or any other country in competitions (local or overseas); OR
b.      Participated in competitions (local or overseas) approved by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation or any other National Federations; OR
c.      Participated in more than 2 competitions in organised at Club level; OR
d.      Participated in more than 2 assessment sessions organised by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation.

OPEN
Participant would have:
a.      Represented Singapore or any other country in competitions (local or overseas); OR
b.      Participated in competitions (local or overseas) approved by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation or any other National Federations; OR
c.      Participated in more than 2 competitions in organised at Club level; OR
d.      Participated in more than 2 assessment sessions organised by the Singapore Weightlifting Federation.

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GENERAL NOTES:
1.      With respect to Club level participation, SWF will leave it to the Clubs to monitor themselves and will not actively conduct checks. The Federation believes that the onus is on the Clubs to maintain a standard of integrity and fair play, as a means to protect theirs as well as their member’s reputation. The Federation will only look into ‘protests’ lodged with documentary proof, of a competitor having made a false declaration during competition.

3.      Definitions are not meant to be restrictive but rather to ensure a fair playing field and to encourage more participation at different skill/experience levels.

4.      Clubs will be encouraged to submit their Club competition results to SWF for information. SWF can then incorporate results into the National Records. Two types of records will be entered: a) official record of a sanctioned event (Club must pay nominal sanction fee and follow SWF stipulated procedures) or b) unofficial record of an unsanctioned event (record will be included and recognised but will not replace existing National Records if broken).

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