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Watch: Weightlifting fulfilled my life says Maltese Olympian Zammit Stevens

Yazmin Zammit Stevens says that when she started practising the sport of weightlifting she felt that her life was finally fulfilled. 

In an interview in this week’s episode of GAME ON, Zammit Stevens tells Ben Camille how her love for the sport started and said that for many years she had tried to find something that she could be passionate about.  

“I only started weightlifting about six years ago,” Zammit Stevens said.  

“I was at University with my friend and we tried to find something that could keep us fit and we found classes of cross-fit near the University of Malta. The biggest part of cross-fit entailed that we practised weightlifting.  

“For many years in my life, I had felt that I was different than others as I couldn’t fit in any type of group as I was never passionate about something. 

“But then when I found weightlifting I felt that I had finally found my biggest passion as I couldn’t stop talking about the sport and really felt fulfilled.” 

Today, Zammit Stevens is a full-time weightlifter but she admitted that she found it very difficult to tell her parents that after graduating in University she was planning to make a career out of weightlifting. 

“When I went to ask my dad if I could take weightlifting as my career, I was really nervous. But when I told him about my plans he told me ‘if you don’t try it out now you will never do it’ and I am really grateful to have so much support from my family. 

“Every member of my family has shown me great support. My mum was always there for me, she would be the person I open myself with after a tough training session. My sisters are also very supportive and I do realise how lucky I am to have so much support.” 

This summer, Zammit Stevens realised her dreams as she represented Malta at the Tokyo Olympics, become the first female Olympian in the sport.  

Zammit Stevens admitted that she was overwhelmed by emotion when she recevied the news that she had made the team for the Olympics.   

“For the past five years, everything I did was aimed at qualifying for the Olympics,” Zammit Stevens said.  

“One day a friend of mine at the Maltese Olympic Committee, phoned me and told me ‘well done Yazmin’ and when I heard those words I immediately realised that I had made the team for the Olympic Games. 

“I immediately phoned my coach who confirmed the news and I really felt emotional to have finally achieved my dream. 

“When I took my place on stage at the Olympics for my first lift it really hit me hard emotionally. Normally I am very confident to show what I am capable, but this time I really felt a lot of pressure to perform as I knew that I had great responsibility to get the best possible result for my country.” 

Ben Camille and Yazmin Zammit Stevens then shared their predictions for this weekend’s biggest matches from the English Premier League, the Italian Serie A, the Maltese Premier League, and the Spanish La Liga. 

Camille picked Manchester United to come out on top of their clash against Liverpool while Zammit Stevens said it will be a Liverpool win on Sunday. 

Manchester United will have home advantage on Sunday as they host their bitter rivals at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils are passing through an inconsistent run of form as are still without a win in their last three league matches.

However, in midweek they bounced back with a come-from-behind win against Atalanta in the Champions League.

Liverpool, on the other hand, are in a rich run of form as they are unbeaten since April, a sequence of 21 matches which is their longest run since going 24 unbeaten from January to May 1989.

Camille and Zammit Stevens were in agreement that Juventus will beat Inter in the Italian Serie A.

San Siro will provide the stage of the Derby d’Italia between Inter and Juventus.

The Nerazzurri suffered their first defeat in the Serie A last weekend against Lazio but recovered with a 3-1 win over FC Sheriff in the Champions League.

Juventus, on the other hand, seem to have rediscovered their best form under Massimiliano Allegri as they secured back-to-back wins against Roma in the Serie A and then travelled to Russia to beat Zenit SP 1-0 in the Champions League.

According to Camille and Zammit Stevens, Barcelona will come out on top in the Clasico against Real Madrid.

However, the Blaugrana are struggling this season but in midweek they registered their first win in the Champions League when they beat Dynamo Kiev 1-0.

Real Madrid, on the other hand, look in strong form and are only two points adrift of leaders Real Sociedad in the Spanish Primera Liga.

In midweek, they were victorious in the Champions League when they hammer Shahktar Donetsk 5-0.

Both Camille and Zammit Stevens tipped Hibernians to beat Valletta in the Maltese Premier League.

The Paolites fans surely have good hopes to extend their winning run as they are the most in-form side in the Premier League this season and come in the match on the back of a comfortable 3-0 win against Sliema Wanderers last weekend.

Valletta, on the other hand, looked a revitalised lot last weekend when they brushed aside Sirens 3-1 and will hope their team can carry their momentum this weekend.

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