Competition Lifts @ Ray Hamilton 2014: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hr69R2Rt7Q
My name is Julia. I started Olymic Weightlifting in September of 2013. I was new to Ottawa and wanted to try something different and meet new people. I always liked strength training, and I was looking for a knowledgeable, supportive community to keep pushing me to my limits. When I joined JustLift, an olympic weightlifting gym, I didn't know exactly what I was getting myself into! But before long, I became completely entrenched in the sport. It's now my passion, and I train day in and day out to keep getting better and reach the National platform this year.
Wait a minute, you say... You just picked up weightlifting for the first time in 2013? Well, actually, my athletic career dates back to 2003, when I was first introduced to basketball, my first love. I played with the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation, and throughout my adolescence, I played on AAA teams across Montreal. I loved basketball, and I excelled at it through my hard work and dedication to the sport and my teammates. Unfortunately, through 2004-2007 I got 3 concussions from basketball. By the third, the doctors warned me that continuing to play basketball was putting my brain at a huge risk, should I get another concussion. They advised me to stop playing team sports. I was torn up about this; Basketball was my life, but I was also fiercely dedicated to my academics. I had big goals of doing a PhD, and studied as hard as I played in order to get there.
In the end, I decided that my academic career was more important, and in University I transitioned to endeavors with less risk of concussion, like working out at the gym, running, biking, and swimming. I even completed 8 triathlons in this time! By 2011, I had also heard about things like Crossfit and Powerlifting, and I decided to try some of those.
I was relatively uncommitted to any sport in particular when I moved to Ottawa for my PhD. That all changed when I discovered Olympic Weightlifting, a sister sport to Crossfit and Powerlifting. Since I first stepped foot in JustLift, a weightlifting gym, I have become increasingly passionate about the sport. After only a year of training, I am performing at provincial level standards, and expect to qualify for Nationals during the Provincial Championships this year. In the next 5 years, I want to go on to represent Canada in international competitions. This year is my first step in achieving this goal, in taking my Weightlifting performance to the next level!
I'm raising money to help support my training and travel costs in competitions between now and the Canadian National Weightlifting Championships in May, 2015! In the past, I have supported my training through savings. Now that my savings are gone, your support will help me keep my training up! Thank you for reading my story, and please pass my campaign along to your friends and family!
Special thanks to my coaches and training partners at JustLift, for all your support an encouragement in one of the most mentally and physically challenging sports there is!