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Weightlifter Maryam Nasim hopes to represent Pakistan internationally one day

Besides lifting barbells with her biceps, Maryam Nasim bears the weight of many other things on her mind. For her, weightlifting is more than a sport, Dawn reported.
A professional female weightlifter who is based in Melbourne but hails from Peshawar, Maryam is breaking stereotypes about the women of her native province and country and believes she is representing her people's positive side.

Weightlifter Maryam Nasim hopes to represent Pakistan internationally one day
Weightlifter Maryam Nasim hopes to represent Pakistan internationally one day

As a teenager, Maryam left her family and moved to Melbourne a decade ago to complete her studies in accounting. While living there, she discovered her love for weightlifting. The story of how she did so is not quite what you expect.
Maryam initially got into weightlifting as part of a weight loss regimen. As a young student at the University of Canberra, she realized that starving herself was not healthy and luckily found friends who inspired her to exercise. During her time at the gym, she found that she particularly enjoyed weightlifting and began pursuing it professionally.
Before she knew it, she won a silver medal in a weightlifting competition in 57-kg category in Melbourne and to her it’s a tremendous achievement for someone who's been weightlifting for just two years.

Maryam has also been the Australian Football League’s Multicultural Ambassador. Through her achievements, she hopes to send a message that Pakistani women, if given freedom of choice and support, can do extraordinary things.

Posted By Raela Hafizi

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