Maya Laylor

2020 Pan American Championships

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

The Junior World Championships in Kazan, Russia in 2014

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

I ran track in high school but at basic level.

Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

Because I am good at it and enjoy the challenge of getting stronger and better.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

Hitting personal bests.

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

How often I have to train.

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

Making it to the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo.

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

Making the 2024 Olympics.

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

Winning the Commonwealth Championships and being the first female to lift 130kg in Ontario history in any weight class while

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

Number 1. Placing 6th overall in the Senior World Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

Number 2. Being the first female in Ontario’s history to lift 130kg in any weight class.

Number 3. Winning the Commonwealth championships.

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

Yes, I am a coach at LPS.

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

To be a coach.

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

I have a couple, but one is Jenny Vardanian. She is very strong and holds herself to a high standard. Also, her lifts are very smooth and fast.

Coach: Clance Laylor

Weight Category: 71/76 kg

Favourite Lift: Snatch

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario