VALAYDON Shalinee < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Mauritius   
Gender Women
Born 13 Apr 1986 in Vacoas, MRI
Height1.73 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete, Coach
Languages Creole, English, French
Higher education Physical Education - University of Technology, Mauritius: Port Louis, MRI
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began weightlifting at age 19.
Why this sport? She competed in athletics throwing events, but was told she was good at weightlifting while working out to improve her throwing. She initially did not enjoy the sport but changed her mind after taking part in some national competitions and qualifying for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. "I had the opportunity to meet high-level weightlifters and saw the sport differently. That is when I fell in love with weightlifting and it motivated me to go further."
International Debut
Year 2006
Competing for Mauritius
Tournament Commonwealth Games
Location Melbourne, VIC, AUS
General Interest
Nicknames Ironwoman (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Hobbies Watching TV series, surfing. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Most influential person in career Coach Zygmunt Smalzers. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Hero / Idol Russian weightlifter Tatiana Kashirina. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Injuries In 2015 she was troubled by an elbow injury which took a year to heal. (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)

In 2007 she suffered from inflammation of her elbow. It took her about six months to fully recover from the injury. (Athlete, 15 Nov 2010)
Sporting philosophy / motto "When you want, you can!" (Athlete, 05 Jul 2017)
Awards and honours In 2014 she received a Decoration of Honour from the president of Mauritius as well as receiving the Member of the Order of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean [MSK] honour. (IWF, 05 Jun 2014)

She was named 2013 Mauritius Sportswoman of the Year. (lemauricien.com, 09 Mar 2014)