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150kg / 331 lbs Back Squat at the 2015 Ontario Juniors. I broke two junior records and one senior record with a 92 kg snatch at the 2015 Ontario Juniors. Read more...

Bittersweet

Today on December 5, 2015 at my final Ontario Junior competition, I broke 2 Junior and Senior records in the snatch. I snatched 92kg breaking my previous record of 88kg. I was ecstatic about hitting that number after attempting it many times in competition, but when the clean and jerk session came around I couldn’t even clean 110kg in any of my three attempts. I was so bewildered because just the previous week I had clean and jerked 115kg, so I had no idea what was going on. And to add insult to injury, I had just missed my best female lifter Sinclair by missing that lift! Read more...

The Struggle

Being an Olympic Weightlifter is not easy; trying to be successful at anything is never easy. I have never liked training. I have never liked the burning sensation of reps, having to push my body to its breaking point everyday, and going home exhausted, not having enough energy to even take a shower. I have never liked the soreness in my body the next morning following a particularly difficult training. I have never liked the hard work I have to put in to get the results I want. But, in my mind, I have no choice. I do this because I want to, because I love, crave and am addicted to success. It is a constant grind; having to wake up when every single muscle, ligament and bone in my body is telling me not to; taking the TTC transit to training, all the while motivating myself for another training session.

The toughest part of being an Olympic Weightlifter is getting through a sticking point. A sticking point is when an athlete is at a standstill in weights, where there are no personal best being made, pretty much stagnant. It is essentially a mental block, and I have to constantly remind myself that “I am a champion and this is what champions endure, this is just mental” and to “keep pushing through”. My dad/coach always tells me to “just work!” when I’m having a particularly tough session. Ultimately, the struggle is well worth it. It is worth it every time I step out onto the podium to collect a medal, and it will be even more worth it when I step out onto the ultimate podium, the Olympic podium to collect the ultimate medal!

The Hookgrip Spartakiad Competition

I was super excited to compete at the Hookgrip Spartakiad competition in Philadelphia on October 4. It’s always fun and exciting to travel out of the country to compete. My family and I were having a good time shopping and passing time waiting for the big day. The morning of, I woke up feeling awful! I was puking, experiencing diarrhea, excruciating abdominal pain and cold sweats. I had no idea what was going on! Turned out I had FOOD POISONING! It was so bad my mom considered taking me to the hospital, I was almost certain that I would not be competing that evening based on how I looked and was feeling. Couple of hours later I was feeling a lot better, I had taken pain relieve pills my mother had given me. A few more bouts of vomiting, the runs and abdominal pain I was able to sleep, thanks to the all the TLC my mother had given me. I was able to compete that evening no question.

Hours before the competition, I was very anxious about how I’d perform, considering how sick I was. I was planning to open with a lot higher numbers but seeing how the morning went, I had no option but to lower my attempts. In the middle of the session when the snatches were over, my sister Kia ran up to me excited and said “MAYA!!! You came second in the snatch!!!” I was so shocked and thrilled, that that was all I was thinking about from then on. Turns out I placed 3rd in the clean and jerk, 2nd in the snatch, and 2nd overall. So in total I was awarded three Hookgrip metals. This experience helped me learn a lot about myself and how far I can push mentally and physically. I am very proud of my performance after battling a debilitating bout of food poisoning that very morning.

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Birthday Record at Variety Village Open

After returning from a 6th place, not so good performance at the IWF Junior Worlds Poland June 11th by her personal standards. Maya competed at the Variety Village Open on her birthday July 4th and breaks her clean & jerk record of 112kg/247lbs with 115kg/253lbs. She totalled 200kg and won the best lifter award for pound for pound strongest female. Happy Birthday Maya!


Jr World Championship in Wroclaw, Poland

Thank you to François Dagenais for this video.

Maya Competes at the World Junior Championships in Wroclaw, Poland

“Congratulations goes out to our very own Maya Laylor who stepped up to the platform alongside the world’s most elite junior competitors last week in Warsaw, Poland. Maya battled hard and swooped into 6th place with a snatch of 85 kg (187 lbs), a clean and jerk of 107 kg (236 lbs) and a total score of 192 kg (423 lbs). Great work, Maya!” – Laylor Performance Systems

Young Olympic Weightlifter has Pan Am in Sight

Original Source: Tough Competition Magazine

Maya Laylor lifts over 400-pounds on her best competition days.

As an Olympic weightlifter, she trains up to six hours a day perfecting the snatch and clean and jerk. Both lifts combined have 18 total incorrect movements that any athlete is susceptible of committing.

It is a sport with so much attention on the weight and heavy lift aspects that many look past the technical strategy needed to be successful.

How much weight the athlete lifted is a far more popular question than how fast they lifted it, or how fluid the movement was.

This sport has more to it than a heavy weight reputation, just as Laylor is more than her muscular, fit figure… Full Story.

A Talk About Pan Am 2015

Maya did a talk at the Cameron Public School about the Pan Am Games, inspiring the next generation of athletes.