Rienna Skelton

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

The first time I represented team Canada was at the IWF World Junior Championships in Fiji in 2019.

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

Figure skating at the provincial level, volleyball at the provincial level.

Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

I compete in weightlifting because I enjoy the atmosphere in the gym and in competition. I love seeing what my body is capable of, and having fun in the process.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

The gym environment. Going there and visiting with my friends and coaches, and having some fun competition as well.

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

Right now, training at home. Otherwise, there’s nothing I really don’t like about it!

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

Qualify for Junior World Championships this year, and compete in Saudi Arabia. Compete at the Senior National Championships (I’ve never been able to go due to other commitments). Qualify for Senior World Championships within the next couple of years.

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

Continue to improve and have fun. I’d like to compete for as long as possible, so that means taking care of my body and mind in the process!

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

Winning Junior Nationals and getting Female Best Lifter in the competition in 2020 and 2021.

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

Number 1. Competing at World Juniors

Number 2. Winning Junior Nationals

Number 3. Competing at Junior Pan-Ams virtually

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

I am currently studying science at the University of Manitoba. I am also coaching weightlifting and other general fitness for individuals.

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

I hope that it never fully ends, but I hope to live in some neat places in the future, as well as get into more general fitness (as I have no cardiovascular system lol!)

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

Terry Hadlow. I love his views on longevity in the sport, and to be able to compete as long as him would be an absolute gift. I have had the honour of being able to have his watchful eye during some training sessions, and appreciate his feedback.

Coach: Nathan Corrigal

Weight Category: 71 kg

Favourite Lift: Clean and Jerk

Hometown: Melita, Manitoba