Local Weightlifter Yazmin Zammit Stevens, opened up about her career, her aspiration, and her struggles, on The Olympic Channel.
Yazmin said that she never thought she would grow up to be a woman that loves muscles and loves strength. If anything, she said, “I grew up always wanting to look very small, or look very feminine.”
“If you are confident in what you do, passionate in what you do, then automatically, you are beautiful,” she said.
27-year old Yazmin dreams that she will make history and be Malta’s first female weightlifting Olympian.
“It would mean the absolute world to me. And it would mean that the last four years of sacrifice would have finally paid off,” Yazmin says.
Yazmin also aspires to make a huge impact for Malta in this sport.
“The really believe in my dream, and they’ve been supporting and following my journey from the very start, and I almost feel like I would be doing this for them. For my country, for my family, for my friends, and it would be a very, very , special moment for me, for sure.”
In the Olympic Channel Yazmin speaks also of her struggles, as working towards this Olympic Goal has not been easy, especially when an injury in the lead up to the 2019 Worlds had her close to quitting, and it is at this point that Yazmin had gone public with her struggles.
On this difficult period, Yazmin said that for a while she was very confused about the rest of her career. “I wasn’t sure if I was going just to give up, and I know that sounds harsh, but at that moment it was such a confusing time,” Yazmin said.
She also spoke about how everyone has to deal with the mental aspect behind sport, and how she really wanted to talk about it, “because whenever I heard other athletes talk about mental health it’s always really helped me.
Further challenges were to obviously come, in the form of the COVID-19 Pandemic and the postponement of Tokyo 2020. Yazmin tried to, as much as possible, just look at the positive sides of it – she was dealing with a few minor injuries – just things that she has always been dealing with leading up to Tokyo – and she used the opportunity of the postponement to fix those injuries.
“I just decided to make the best out of the one-year postponement, and work even harder, and improve even more, and I now know that I’ve found the love and the passion for the sport once again. And I’m really grateful for that,” Yazmin concludes.