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​Chalmers student Nasrin Mosawi has changed direction in her sports career - she is now aiming for the Olympics in weightlifting.​​​​​​​​​​

Changed sports - aiming for the Olympics

​She started as a young champion in the martial art Taido but had to quit due to an injury. Now she aims to compete in the 2024 Olympics with her new sport.
Taido martial artsNational sports student Nasrin Mosawi had her entire sports career set out in front of her. She had competed in the Japanese martial art Taido since she was a teenager. As a girl, she was in the minority.
"It meant that I had to train harder with the boys instead. I got hit a lot and had many bruises, but I always got up again. I was small but cocky and strong, she says.
It did not take long before she became part of the Swedish national team in Taido and won medals in the European Championships and the World Cup. Just a month before she was to compete in the World Cup in Japan, a kick to the eye in a training session stopped her plans. 
"It was tough when I realized that I could not continue. Luckily, I had already started training weightlifting to become stronger and more explosive in Taido. My coach suggested that I try to focus more on weightlifting instead".

Won the Swedish championships

The attempt to start with weightlifting, however, did not stop at just a hobby, her impressive strength in her new sport has already given her several gold medals in the Swedish Championships.
"For me, it was never an option to give up sports completely. If there is one thing that martial arts teaches you, it is to continue to fight. Now I aim for 76 kilos which is a Swedish record."
Her goal now is to compete in the Summer Olympics in Paris in 2024.
"Competing in the Olympics has always been a dream of mine, and it would be fantastic to represent Sweden. When I reach my intermediate goals, I can hopefully get there."

Worked as a mechanic

She worked as a car mechanic during the summer break as a teenager, that's where she got into technology and mechanics. The road to Chalmers went via a bachelor’s in Mechanical engineering.
"I heard that they had a workshop at Chalmers where you could weld and that immediately piqued my interest."
She recently graduated from Chalmers with a master's degree in Mobility engineering.
"One highlight in the master's programme was when the whole class went to a test track in Hällered and tried out different cars to see how fast they could go as part of a lab project. It was super cool."
Her master's thesis also had connections to the sports world.
"It was about mapping which vibrations occur in bows and how they could affect the accuracy when competing. Slightly simplified, you could say that I did different tests and figured out that there were some possibilities to dampen the vibrations."

Dreams of helping others

During her studies at Chalmers, she has received help with individual training and rehab and, for example, postponing exams that have clashed with national team training. 
"This collaboration is so important for us students who compete at a high level. To get help finding different alternatives and solutions to problems that arise. I have also gotten to know other sports students with whom I have become good friends. I have met and learned from people who compete as swimmers, figure skaters, and climbers."
After her sports career, she wants to use her knowledge from Chalmers to develop aids for people in need.
"I want to develop various tools that make life easier for athletes and other people who have had problems with injuries through, for example, accidents."​

Text: Vedrana Sivac

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Page manager Published: Mon 11 Jul 2022.