It’s been a big month for 15-year Frankford schoolgirl, Charrae Myers.
One night at weightlifting training she managed to clean and jerk 80 kilograms – a significant milestone given she’d been stuck on 75kgs for around four months.
And then days later Myers was named as one of two Australian athletes to compete at next month’s Youth World Weightlifting Championships in Peru.
“I was ecstatic, I was so happy I just couldn’t believe it,” the Exeter schoolgirl said after the announcement.
“It still doesn’t feel like I’m going, but as soon as I get to the airport it will feel real.
“I didn’t know much about Peru before now, but I’ve been doing some study.”
While she might have reacted with disbelief when first told of her selection, the 58kg Myers knew she’d been lifting well in 2015.
“I recently got a new coach, my technique has improved out of sight,” she said.
I’m looking forward to seeing what I can do this year. I’ve been lifting 60kg in the snatch, which is more than my bodyweight, which has always been one of my biggest goals.”
Myers does not have to look far for weightlifting inspiration. Her older sister, Jenna, was part of the Australian team at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, and was also on the team last year but had to withdraw on the eve of competition after collapsing through dehydration.