Rachel Leblanc-Bazinet

Athletes Rep, 2020 Olympic Games

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

University World – 2016 Merida, Mexico.

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

Yes, gymnastic and hockey were my main sport, I competed at the provincial level.

Q3: Where do you live now?


Q4: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

The feeling of accomplishment that you get after getting a new pr or having a great competition.

Q5: What do you most enjoy about training?

The technical aspect. Getting closer to perfection every session.

Q6: What do you enjoy the least about training?

Nothing really, I enjoy most of my training.

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

Trying to break the clean and jerk Canadian record. Winning gold at the Commonwealth games 2022.

Q8: What are your long term goals for weightlifting (3 + years)?

I have nothing in mind since there’s big chances that I will be retired by then

Q9: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

Two moments came in my mind, the first one is my third position at the commonwealth games which and the second one is breaking the snatch Canadian record at the world championship in 2019

Q11: What are your top 3 achievements in weightlifting so far?

Number 1. Breaking the snatch and total record.
Number 2. My bronze medal at commonwealth games.
Number 3. Qualifying for my first world championship (2017) in two different weight classes.

Q12: Are you currently studying or working in addition to your weightlifting career? If yes, what are you doing?

I’m working full time as nutrition coach along with finishing my degree in psychology.

Q13: What are your plans after your weightlifting career is over?

I would like to develop a program to help teenage girls to have it easy. While integrating weightlifting into their sport and making them proud of their accomplishment, so they can see that they are capable of way more than they think.

Q18: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

Kuo. Her technique is incredible and she’s an extremely kind athlete, trying to help others to evolve.

Coach: Yvan Darsigny
Weight: 55 kg
Favourite Lift: Snatch
Hometown: Richelieu, QC
Experience in Weightlifting: 4 years