Tali Darsigny

2020 Olympic Games

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

The first competition where I represented Team Canada was the Junior World Championships in 2015, in Poland. My first senior international competition was the University Championships in 2016, in Mexico.

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

I was a figure skater from 5 to 12 years old. I was in a sport/studies program for figure skating in elementary school. I was competing at the provincial level in Quebec.

Q3: Why do you compete in weightlifting?

I compete in weightlifting for many reasons but I believe the main one is the feeling of euphoria and accomplishment when I hit a PR lift on the platform. This moment that only lasts a few seconds is worth all the efforts.

Q4: What do you most enjoy about training?

I like that weightlifting is a non stop research of technical «perfection» even if everybody knows it is not possible to achieve that. It’s a constant fight not only against the weight you’re lifting but also against yourself to be better than you were yesterday and to have the mindset to lift a heavier weight. Weightlifting can be really frustrating when things are just not working, but at the same time that’s what makes this sport so fascinating.

Q5: What do you enjoy the least about training?

I think that like many other weightlifters, my least favorite part of training/competing is to have to follow a strict diet close to competitions in order to fit in my weight class.

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

In a short term, I want to qualify for the Tokyo 2021 Olympics. Also, I want to win a gold medal at Commonwealth Games to do better than in 2018 where I won silver. Obviously, my goal is always to increase my lifts in the snatch and clean and jerk.

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

One of my long term goals is to become the top female athlete in Canada throughout all weight classes. Also, I would like to win a medal at the Olympics some day.

Q8: What has been your proudest moment in weightlifting?

I would say my proudest moment is winning a silver medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games with a PR clean and jerk and total. It was a great accomplishment after months of hard work for this competition.

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

Number 1. Snatching 94 kg at 2019 Pan American Games which is the highest snatch ever done by a 59 kg lifter in Canada.

Number 2. Winning a silver medal at 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Number 3. Winning a bronze medal at 2018 Junior World Championships

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

I am currently studying to be a Doctor in Chiropractic at the University of Quebec in Trois-Rivières. I am also working part time as a secretary/assistant for a chiropractic clinic in my hometown.

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

When my weightlifting career is over, I would like to give back to the sport that brought me so much by being a weightlifting coach. I also plan to work as a chiropractor, probably mostly with athletes.

Q12: Who is your weightlifting role model and why?

I have a few weightlifting role models. My dad is one of them obviously, because I’ve always took him as an example of dedication to the sport since I was just a young kid. Olympians Annie Moniqui, Marie-Ève Beauchemin-Nadeau and Maryse Turcotte are great examples of athletes who reached the highest level in weightlifting while studying in health programs and this is what I’m trying to do.

Coach: Yvan Darsigny

Weight Category: 59 kg

Favourite Lift: Snatch

Hometown: My hometown is Saint-Simon, a small village near Saint-Hyacinthe in Quebec