For the first time, Finland will host the European Masters Weightlifting Championships from 12th to 19th of June 2019 in Rovaniemi. Competition center is the Santasport Institute in Ounasvaara, which provides an excellent framework for major international sporting events. Training, competition, accommodation and catering services can all be found under the same roof. Welcome to Lapland and lift the midnight sun!


The 2019 European Masters Weightlifting Championships are organized by the Finnish Weightlifting Federation and Rovaniemen Reipas. Rovaniemi has a long and celebrated history in weightlifting. The organizing club Rovaniemen Reipas has been one of the top Nordic and Finnish weightlifting clubs since the 1970s. Over the years, its representatives have gathered numerous medals in World Masters and European Masters Championships.

Weightlifting is one of the most popular international masters sports, and its popularity is growing all the time. National Masters Championships have been held in Finland since the 1960s with participant volumes increasing steadily. Finland has actively participated in major international events ever since masters weightlifting began. Every year a large team of Finnish masters lifters strives for success on international stage.

European Masters Weightlifting Championships is by far the largest weightlifting event in Europe with the best 35 years and older lifters arriving from all over the continent. We believe that the 2019 European Masters in Rovaniemi will be an unforgettable experience for all attendees!


Rovaniemi has a lot to offer for a visiting tourist. The city has 62 000 inhabitants and is located in Lapland, right at the Arctic Circle - a place known around the world as the home of Santa Claus. The Santa Claus Village is one of the recommended places to visit (yes, it's open all year round!) during the competition week. Since the competition is held in midsummer, the sun does not set below the horizon. You can see the midnight sun in June when you arrive in Rovaniemi.

Rovaniemi is well connected for travelling to. You can travel flexibly from Helsinki by plane or train. Rovaniemi airport is only a 15-minute drive from the competition site, and the VR train station is even closer. The city center is easily explored by foot and the nearby hills are filled with hiking paths, mountain bike routes and nature trails. Visit the links below for more activities and maps. Also, make sure to check out a great accommodation offer (updated February 2019) from our partner Santasport.


Championship registration is now open for all qualifying lifters. Please visit the IWF Masters & European Masters Weightlifting Registration website for further information and have your personal access code ready. If you do not have an access code yet, please contact your national masters chairman. Registration will be open until 30th April 2019 19:00 (UTC+1).

The best way to keep in touch with the 2019 European Masters Weightlifting Championships is through our Facebook page. It features competition news, photos and other important updates, so remember to click that follow button. And if you can't make it to Rovaniemi in June, you can still experience the 2019 masters championships. All age groups and bodyweight categories will be broadcast live on Rovaniemen Reipas YouTube channel.