CBC News Filming Me While Training

When CBC contacted me and said they want to interview me for a film they were making called “The New Upcoming Trailblazers” for Our Toronto, I was ecstatic! I couldn’t believe CBC wanted to interview me and feature my story in their black history special airing on February 28! So many things were running through my mind. Surprisingly though, it wasn’t that bad having a huge camera shadow me for an entire day…I kind of felt famous! I must admit that I felt a little awkward training with lights and a camera in my face the entire time because I’m used to being in my own bubble while training. But eventually, I was able to block out the attention and go to work. In the end, it was a great experience.

Teen weightlifter sets sights on Pan Am Games

Three years ago, Maya Laylor took up her father’s suggestion to try weightlifting at a competitive level. Just 16 at the time and still in high school, the teenager figured she had nothing to lose.

She loves exercising and would often use Clance Laylor’s downtown gym to work out.

“I used to work out at home with kettlebells,” she said. “When my dad asked me one day if I wanted to be a high-performance weightlifter, I jumped at the opportunity.”

With two national junior and senior championship gold medals and provincial Under-17 and 20 records, Laylor has her sights on…

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Wins 2015 Canadian Junior Championships in Winnipeg

It was a fun experience in Winnipeg at the 2015 Canadian Junior Championship.  I represented the Ontario team and was able to come home with the gold!

2014 Ontario Junior Champion

Maya Laylor wins 2014 Ontario Junior Championships with an 83kg (183lbs) Snatch and 106kg ( 233lbs )Clean and Jerk in the 69kg weight class.

2014 Fall Classic Champion


Maya Laylor wins the 2014 Fall Classic with a snatch of 82 kg and a Clean & Jerk of 105 kg.

My Experience in Russia

It was 2 weeks before one of the biggest and most important trips in my life to the Junior World Championships in Kazan, Russia. I was having numerous problems with my body, which prevented me from performing the Olympic lifts. I was trying extremely hard not to worry about it, not think about how my injury would affect my competition, which was very hard for me because I am a perfectionist.  As the week went on, my injury had worsened where I had this pain that was located in my right glute.  My piriformis muscle was strained and I had to rest it for a considerable amount of time, which was extreme for me, considering I had one of the most important competition of my LIFE just a week away! I was furious at the fact that I couldn’t even perform as much as a squat let alone lifting! My mind was racing from thoughts of whether I would be able to attend and lift at the World Juniors to my future in Olympic Weightlifting.

My competition in Kazan, Russia did not go as planned. I did poorly, my worst performance yet. I was so disappointed in myself, I did not want to step outside of the warm up area or show my face back home in Canada to all of my supporters. I felt so ashamed. But I had to face them, because even the great bomb out. I am a very proud person so I couldn’t cower down. I walked home with a smile on my face, not showing what I really felt inside, thinking “this is just a learning experience and I WILL do better next time. I know deep in my heart, I will do better next time, because Maya Celeste Laylor is not a quitter…. she is a CHAMPION!” That experience for me was very life changing. I feel like a better, more experienced athlete. Training alongside all of the best junior athletes in the world right there in the Kazan training hall made me more hungry, more determined and more relentless in my training.

Maya Earns Her Spot on the Jr. Canadian Team

The 2014 Canadian Junior Championship (CJC) women’s 69kg class was a barn burner. Three time Canadian Junior Champion, Quebecois Kristel Ngarlem, who has been training in Olympic weightlifting since she was 11 years old, was challenged for the first time by the emerging lioness Ontario’s own Maya Laylor. Maya has only been training in competitive Olympic lifting for three years, since that time, she has become a three time Ontario Junior Champion and two time Ontario Senior Champion.

At the CJC, Maya was successful in completing her first snatch attempt at Read more...

Maya Wins the 2013 Ontario Open

Maya wins the 2013 Ontario Open on Nov 3rd, 2013. Here is photos of her 80kg/176lbs snatch. Read more...

Championship at Toronto Super Show

Maya won the Toronto Championships held at the Toronto Super show with at 76kg snatch, 97kg Clean & Jerk for a total of 173 kg. Read more...

Ontario Scholastic Championship

Maya won the 2013 Ontario Scholastic Championships held in NorthBay April 6th. Maya snatch 76kg (167lbs) and Clean & Jerked 207lbs for a total of 170kg (374 lbs) Which was a personal best.