Nadia Yangui

2020 Pan American Championships

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

Pan American championships in 2018, in Santo Domingo.

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

Yes, I competed on the national team in figure skating. I also competed on the provincial team in track & field.

Q3: Where do you live now?

Calgary, AB

Q4: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

I love competing in weightlifting because it challenges me to be my strongest self, mentally and of course physically. It gives me the courage to push myself to my full athletic ability.

Q5: What do you most enjoy about training?

The struggle to improve myself during a training cycle, it’s never linear but I almost always come out stronger in some capacity.

Q6: What do you enjoy the least about training?

Same as above! It’s not easy to continue to train when you don’t see the end result.

Q7: What are your short term goals for weightlifting (1-2 years)?

To compete on two international teams this year (pan am and world championships). And to continue to love the sport of weightlifting for all of the opportunities it has given me.

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

Competing at the World Championships in 2019, winning my session in a weight class I’ve never competed in, and PR’ing my total on a world stage!

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

Number 1. Qualifying for the 2019 World Championships, PRing my total and winning my session.
Number 2. Hitting a 7kg PR total and placing 8th at my first Pan American Championships.
Number 3. Winning 2nd at the 2017 Canadian championships with a 9kg PR C&J.

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

Yes, I am a full time registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit.

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

My nursing career won’t change, I hope to eventually start a family, and of course, I will continue to weightlift as long as my body allows me to.

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

I don’t necessarily have a specific role model. There a lot of strong women in sport who are all very inspiring!

Coach: Mac Read

Weight: 64/71 kg

Favourite Lift: Clean and Jerk

Hometown: Calgary, AB

Experience in Weightlifting: 5 years