"ow weightlifting has changed my life
I had been introduced into the world of weightlifting from the age of 8 by my father and coach, Kazem Panjavi. From a young age I was involved in many different sports from karate to swimming, but weightlifting was the sport which kept me the most interested. The more I trained, the more I lifted the stronger I got. This helped build up my confidence throughout my high school years. I was always a very shy individual, never liked to be in the spot light or take the lead. The more I got involved in weightlifting and the more I competed, my confidence grew. Because weightlifting is an individual sport, you need to believe in yourself that you are able to lift the weights. Gaining confidence and increasing my self-esteem I was able to go through high school, college and university with confidence to take on many different roles for example taking part in school pantomimes and leading presentations in front of students in university. The discipline that I developed in weightlifting has also projected into my studies and has helped me focus on my education much more.
I have seen that by becoming English and British champion throughout my weightlifting career, it has benefited me greatly when it came to university applications and even when it came down to finding a job. When an employer saw I had so many titles in weightlifting, they could see that I was much more determined, dedicated and disciplined person. When I applied for university, they had again seen what I had achieved and had immediately become interested in accepting me into their university. I truly believe that if an individual does something else such as an instrument or a sport alongside their studies they will have much more opportunities open to them in the future than someone who just studies.
Since being sent by Stars For The Future to become a level two coach in weightlifting,I now run sessions down at the club at Perivale athletics track. This has given me the ability to take the leader role and control a class and teach them weightlifting. Not only has this given me satisfaction but this has taken me out of my comfort zone and as a result my confidence has increased. By undertaking these weightlifting sessions my knowledge in the sport has developed further from just being a lifter to expanding it by understanding weighting from the coaches perspective and developing potential lifters for the future.
These skills I am developing now will allow me to attend international competitions as a coach too. Stars For The Future had also sent me to become a games maker in the Olympics 2012 which was one experience in my life I will never forget, this motivated me more and made me more confirmed that this is the sport I will continue. It is because of Stars For The Future that I have the opportunity to go to a few international competitions which again has made me more prepared for future competitions such as the Commonwealth games and Olympics.
If it was not for weightlifting, I would not be who I am now. I would still be extremely shy, have low self-esteem and have no self-confidence. I would not be where I am now, I have been able to progress immensely in my jobs and studies. I have finished my degree in Business admin at Kingston Uni and have started a full time job for a new start up company. all of these things would have not been made possible if it wasn't for my coach and this club. I have achieved many titles in weightlifting and have become well known by many people as in all aspects of my life as ‘the weightlifter’. I feel as if I have a constant goal to achieve, keeping my mind set on become part of the GB team and compete in the Olympics. This has helped me keep in a more focused frame of mind. If it wasn’t for my dad/coach I would not be where I am now and I can truly say my life has been transformed for the better. "