Name, Age, Weightclass?
Tali Darsigny, 19 years old. I've been competing in the 58 kg class up to date but I am now in transition to compete as a 63 kg. I will compete as a 63 kg at FISU Games.
Where do you train now (club and coach)?
I train at La Machine Rouge Club in St-Hyacinthe, Québec. My coach is my dad, Yvan Darsigny.
How did you get introduced to weightlifting and when did you start?
My two parents did weightlifting. My dad, Yvan darsigny, represented Canada at the Olympic Games in 1984 and 1992. My mom, Kim Barré, participated in 4 World Championships in the 80's. They were still training when I was born. I went to training with them all my childhood and watched them train. One day, when I was around 8 years old, they encouraged me to try. I did not immediately like it, but when I discovered my potential in this sport, I started to like it and to take training seriously.
How long have you been training, do you have previous sport or training backgrounds?
I've been training at weightlifting for 11 years. Previously, I was doing figure skating. I was in a figure skating sport-study program in elementary school. I practiced this sport from 5 to 12 years old.
When was your first weightlifting competition, what did you total?
My first weightlifitng competition was in 2006. I was 8 years old and weighting 27 kilos. I snatched 13 kg and clean and jerked 17 kg for a 30 kg total!
What are your most notable achievements in weightlifting and other sports?
I hold all canadian junior records in the 58 kg class. I am 6 times canadian junior champion in my weightclass and 4 times best female lifter at Canadian Junior Championships. I am also 2016 and 2017 canadian champion in the 58 kg class. I placed 6th at 2016 World University Championships and 8th at 2016 Junior World Championships.
What do you do outside of training (work, studies, activities, favourite hobbies)?
I'm studying science at Cégep de St-Hyacinthe. I'm in the ''health science'' profile. I'll graduate in may 2018.
Do you have any specific goals you would like to share?
I have many sport related goals. I would like to win a medal in international competition. I would like to participate in the Olympic Games. I would also like to beat canadian senior records. Outside of sport, I would like to be a veterinarian after my weightlifting career.
What are some challenges you have to face as a world-level athlete?
I have to conciliate sport and studies. Sometimes, it can be hard because I got to be really well organised. Fatigue, injuries and discouragement can also be part of the game when your a world-level athlete. When you train approximaltly 20 hours, have 15 to 20 hours of classes and spend approximalty 15 hours studying per week, your body can react in an undersirable way and your progression is not always as good as you wish. The challenge is to keep a positive mind.
What is some advice you can give to athletes out there?
Always keep in mind your goals and give your personal best every day, despite all difficulties. Mental is the most important (and sometimes the hardest) part of the process. If you do everything you have to do with efforts in training, have a disciplined lifestyle and have a strong head, there are high chances that you will succeed.
Where can people find you on social media (instagram, facebook page, twitter, youtube etc)?
Facebook: Tali Darsigny