Emma Friesen

Q1: What was the first competition where you represented Team Canada? When was it?

2020 Junior Pan Am Championship (Virtual) – 1st in person was 2021 Junior Worlds.

Q2: Did you compete in other sports before weightlifting? If yes, which ones and at what level?


Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

Because I love the sport.  I love the feeling of making a great lift, or hitting a new PR.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

I love the people that I train with.

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

Accessory workouts.

Q6: What are your short term goals for weightlifting (1-2 years)?

Start competing at more international competitions.  Break the Senior Canadian Record for my weight class.

Q7: What are your long term goals for weightlifting? (3 + years)

To compete for team Canada at the Olympic games.

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

Getting nominated for the Commonwealth Games team

Q9: What are your top 3 achievements in weightlifting so far?

Number 1. Bronze at Junior Worlds 2021

Number 2. Silver at Junior Pan Ams 2021

Number 3. Making commonwealth team

Q10: Are you currently studying or working in addition to your weightlifting career? If yes, what are you doing?

I am studying personal fitness and nutrition

Q11: What are your plans after your weightlifting career is over?

To be a massage therapist.

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

I am new to weightlifting and watch a lot of the elite athletes’ videos, but I don’t know them.  For me right now my role model is my coach.  He puts a lot of time and effort into us and has helped me see my potential.

Coach: Yvan Darsigny

Weight Category: 87+

Favourite Lift: Snatch

Hometown: Edmonton, AB