“This sport shaped and revealed my character at its best. Being an Olympian is a title for life. It’ll stay with me and I’ll always be proud of it. It’s who I am forever and no one can take it away.”
Rayah is a 28-year-old Taekwondo martial artist and instructor living in Vancouver, BC. Ever since she began competing, her dream was to perform at an elite level and qualify for the Olympics. In 2012 she fulfilled her dreams and was one of 16 Taekwondo martial artists qualified in her weight category to compete from around the world—meaning she is amongst the top 16 in her field globally. Besides martial arts, her favourite hobby is swimming. She told me, “In the pool I let go of all the weight I’m carrying, not only do I mean in the body, but also anything that is mentally weighing me down. I disconnect from any pressure.” Rayah’s favourite quality about herself is that she does everything with passion. She told me, “As long as your passionate about your life and your work, what you do you will never feel like time wasted. Every moment will be an enjoyable investment.” When I asked Rayah what has been one of her biggest challenges she told me, “Proving to myself first, and then to people around me that what I believe in is possible. God doesn’t not put something in you’re heart unless it’s for you and for your own benefit.”
What is a fun fact about you that you haven’t told me yet?
"I love to sing, and I would love to practice vocals and be able to record a song for myself one day."
What is your biggest hope?
"To inspire as many people as I can. And have a positive impact on the ones around me."