Kanah is a 17-year-old student of Avondale College representing New Zealand a the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.

How did you get into your sport? I used to do cross-fit with my mum and at age 13 entered my first weightlifting competition at Functional Strength. At that competition I came second and broke nine New Zealand weightlifting records. Soon after this competition, I was selected by Olympic Weightlifting NZ to attend the (OTIP) Oceania Talent Identification Programme in Noumea for a week, which was run by Coach Paul Coffa. While there Paul suggested that I get a proper weightlifting coach and suggested Richie Patterson. Mum got hold of Richie, took me to his gym and I've trained with Richie ever since.

What do you love about the sport? I love the diversity within the sport and the ongoing challenges that occur throughout, it not only makes you physically strong but mentally as well.

What inspires you? My coach Richie Patterson inspires me, because he has not only been a successful athlete but also a successful business man.

Career highlight: Winning gold in the youth, junior and senior U75kg weight divisions at the 2018 Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Noumea. I'm the first NZ Youth athlete to win a senior title at this competition.


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