Quinnie Rwahwire

2020 Pan American Championships

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

At the beginning of 2019, I had the opportunity to represent Canada at the EGAT cup in Chiang Mai, Thailand. I was officially named to Team Canada for the 2019 World Weightlifting Championships in Pattaya, Thailand.

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

Prior to weightlifting, I was competing as a Triple Jumper/Long Jumper for the University of Windsor Lancers Track and Field Team where I competed at the Ontario University Championships. I also represented the Club Project Athletics at the Athletics Canada National Championships in 2013.

Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

Competing as a weightlifter affords me the opportunity to push my mind and body to limits that I can only imagine on a day to day basis. The sport has provided me with a strong foundation of discipline and goal setting that has carried over to other parts of my life.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

Pushing my limits … The physical challenge is the easy part but the mental aspect of weightlifting is what I enjoy most.

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

Snatching…. *Kanye Shrug* … hearing other people complain in training.

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

Whatever my heart desires.

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

To change the landscape for the sport to encourage more people of colour to join weightlifting and advocate for the safety of young girls and victims of predatory behaviour from coaches/athletes

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

Starting a sport from scratch in late 2015 to qualifying for my first National Championships in 2016… Solo

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

Number 1. Silver at the 2019 Canadian National Championships (75kg)

Number 2. Bronze at the 2018 Canadian National Championships (69kg)

Number 3. Gold at the 2019 Quebec Weightlifting Championships (71kg)

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

Weightlifting and Nutrition Coaching. Instructor with City Farm School (Urban Farming)

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

Whatever my heart desires

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

No one.

Coach: Guy Marineau

Weight Category: 71 kg

Favourite Lift: Clean and Jerk

Hometown: Toronto