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 will be 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 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?

2021 Junior National Champion

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

Number 1. Gold at the Junior Nationals

Number 2. Bronze medal in snatch at the Pan Am Championships

Number 3. Making top 10 in the commonwealth rankings

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

I am studying kinesiology at the University of Alberta.

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: Dan Schultz

Weight Category: 87+

Favourite Lift: Snatch

Hometown: Edmonton, AB