THE cream of Tasmania's weightlifting youngsters head to Melbourne this weekend to contest the national age group championships.
Leading the group is Frankford 14-year-old Charrae Myers, younger sister to elite performer Jenna Myers, who will be looking to compete twice at the event.
Myers will take part in the under-15 tournament today and again on Sunday in the youth under-17 event.
Despite a niggling right elbow, Myers is confident of a good performance and is hoping to figure strongly and among the awards in both categories.
Joining Myers will be Prospect 12-year-old Telyshia Jones, who will be making her national debut today and, although nerves may play a part, she is also confident that her recent solid training will stand her in good stead. Dominic Newman, 12, of Youngtown, will compete in just his second nationals, and is also hoping to lay some good foundations for the future.
Launceston PCYC coach Mark Brown said: "It is the usual small but talented crew we take to this event, but we will still continue to punch above our weight."
Hobart's Kasey Canham, 15, will also join his Northern teammates in Melbourne competing in the youth section and one of the state's top- ranked lifters in Scott Taylor (also from the Hobart club) will make his debut as head coach of the team.