Maltese talent comes in all shapes and sizes, and whatever size that is weightlifting champion Yazmin Zammit Stevens can probably haul it over her head.
Setting her sights on the 2020 Olympics, Yasmin set up a crowdfunding page in the hopes of raising €4,000 allowing her to do everything in her power to see the Maltese flag waving proudly in Tokyo.
And as of yesterday she’s already smashed that goal like it’s one of the 70 national records she’s also broken.
Her Zaar page, which is still accepting any help offered for the next two weeks, used the hashtag #SupportTheDream as the 25-year-old prepares to tackle the qualifying period one big competition at a time.
If her history is anything to go by, she’s in with a good chance of making it all the way. After becoming the first Maltese woman to lift over 100kgs above her head, Yazmin was also the first female weightlifter to participate in the European Championships (placing 15th), and most recently came 7th in the Commonwealth Games.
The money raised will help Yasmin, who is currently a full-time athlete, fly to the competitions across the globe that she needs to attend in order to make it to the Olympics… and her first stop is Turkmenistan for the 2018 World Championships.