Biography:

Growing up with two older sisters and an older brother who all weightlifted, David Samayoa made it a constant goal to surpass each of them, one by one, year by year. He finally lifted more than his father, who had been a Guatemalan national champion in the 1980s, in 2012. Samayoa won back-t0-back Canadian titles in 2014 and 2015. He made his international debut at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

PERSONAL

Family: Father Jose… Siblings Veronica Follick, Claudia Moe, Istvan Samayoa… Getting into the Sport: Started weightlifting at age 9… His father was a competitive weightlifter in the 1980s and got both his sisters and brother involved… Weightlifting brought the family together… Outside Interests: Works as a 4th year apprentice plumber and coaches weightlifting…

NOTABLE INTERNATIONAL RESULTS

CWG: 2014 – 6th (94kg)