Pakistan became an independent state 70 years ago,but unfortunately its women are still not independent enough to choose their career’s . Especially when it comes to Athletics. But we do have some young, energetic and brave Pakistani women who break all the stereotypes to achieve their passion.
One of them is Pakistani born Australian Weightlifter Maryam Nasim. Maryam she left Pakistan for higher studies to pursue a degree in accounting from university of Canberra, She began this weightlifting journey as a weight loss regimen , as starving herself wasn’t a healthy option,She enjoyed lifting weights and from their she found her new passion & started her weightlifting career professionally.
she won a silver medal in a weightlifting competition in 57-kg category in Melbourne ,what a tremendous success for someone who has just started their weightlifting journey two years ago.
She became a Multicultural Ambassador of Australian Football League and works as a personal trainer too,her blog named “IAMFIT” is widely followed on different social media platforms.A lot of people benefit from her blog and are making a satisfactory changes in their lives.
However she had to face hardships like every other girl in Pakistan,People started judging her for taking up a male-dominant sport or putting the fitness images on Facebook.Her grandfather saw a video of her’s and asked her parents “If she is doing this because she needs money, then we should help her out.”.
She never took any of the pressure and proved herself to all those people who pointed fingers at her, with her dedication & hard work,Despite all the obstacles she made her name internationally and made Pakistan proud”
What a Beautiful day! A big shoutout to my coach who has helped me getting stronger and was there to support us on our comp day. My second meet and this time instead of freaking out, I was looking forward to it. Unlike past time I didn’t put any pressure on myself and decided to genuinely have fun and meet other awesome and strong lifters. It’s amazing how strong women can be. I shared this beautiful day with a beautiful lifter inside and out from Obsidian Strength. This meet I couldn’t get all my lifts. I got 6 out of 9. A very unlucky day for squats but hey there’s always a next time. Even though I didn’t get the lift because I didn’t listen to the call of the referee but I added 5kg to my squats and 12.5kg to my deadlifts. As always let’s not talk about the bench. #melbourne A big thank you to our Monnie monstar for her positivity, hina Syeda for coming to support me and Ariz for both coming and taking my photos! #powerlifting #powerliftingmeet #girlswhopowerlift #madeinpeshawar @monzthefonz
Maryam is a true motivation for all the young and passionate Pakistani women who want to achieve their dreams and break stereotypes. One should choose a career that reflects what’s personally important more than the one that fits the values of our society. That is how we are going to excel as a woman more likely as a Pakistani! We wish all the very best to Maryam Nasim for her future and all the struggling women out there.
Maryam Nasim wishes to represent Pakistan on the international level one day and weightlifting competitions could be held in Pakistan.
The biggest hurdle out here in Pakistan is “log kya kahain gay”. Once you overcome this fear, you can move forward with anything in your life.
Best of luck Maryam for your future endeavors ,We are proud!