DEDICATED teen weightlifter Jorja Tarrant has been praised by Grafton trainer Shaun Davison, after she collected silver in the under-15 division at the Australian Weightlifting Federation Championships in Tasmania on the weekend.
"Very few 15-year-olds can do what she can," Davison said. "It's her second competition and to come second is pretty impressive."
She competed in the 58kg division in under-15s and under-17s on the Queensland team under the watchful eye of Australian Olympic coach Miles Wydall.
"She was in good hands," Davison said.
Jorja made all six lifts, achieving 44kg in snatch and 60kg in clean and jerk.
"It wasn't a personal best but she's really happy, we're all really happy," Davison said.
With little time to bask in the glory, Jorja has returned to training with her sights set on making the Australian team for the Oceania titles in 2015.
"It's up to her now; there are lots of different paths she can take. If she wants to concentrate she's got the ability to go as far as she wants," Davison said.
In Year 10 at Grafton High School, Jorja has only recently become involved with weightlifting, having taken up the sport about six months ago. She trains several times a week at Hybrid Fitness in Grafton.