Name: Mahassen Hala Paiva

Team: Team Florida Volusia County

Coach: Thomas Bennett

Weight class: 63

Height: 5'4"

What year did you being lifting? 2004

How did you get involved? I lifted for my high school weightlifting team, which did bench and clean & jerk. One day my coach taught me how to snatch, and I have loved the sport ever since.

Favorite Competition Lift? Clean and Jerk

Favorite Training Lift? Snatch

Education: I am still in college working towards my Bachelor’s degree.

Personal Goals: To make it to the Olympics, and to one day have a little family of my own.

Favorite Food: Strawberries

Favorite Book: Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass

Favorite TV Show: Arrested Development

Favorite song that gets you motivated:  That changes daily, but typically it is in the hip-hop category.

Hobbies/Interested outside of Weightlifting: Cooking good food, sitting around bonfires with my husband and my family, yoga, just being outside.

Most people don’t know that…. I am a huge classic movie fan, really classic Hollywood fan. If it was made pre 1960 I have probably seen it and probably love it.