Across Australia and the World, Olympic Weightlifting is a sport enjoyed by children and young adults. The training is beneficial to growth and development in body and mind and provides a boost to self-esteem and confidence.
Training for children and young adults is always oriented towards the careful development of skill with a long-term view that the potential of the individual for high performance should be nurtured.
In Australia, the lowest age group for competition is Under 15 and many children aged 13 and 14 compete in competitions sanctioned by the Australian Weightlifting Federation. In Tasmania and Australia, there is a championship for Under 15 and Under 17 athletes.
The qualities that make a good Weightlifter are similar to other sports. There is a lot of technique and speed of movement to be learned and this requires patience and tenacity. It helps if the young athlete is practising sprints, jumps, and balance and flexibility exercises as in gymnastics.
However, the Weightlifting Academy of Tasmania is most happy to receive enquiries from all children, irrespective of sport background. Your destiny awaits you!