Emily Kirkpatrick secured gold in an interstate weightlifting event

The North-West Coast has a brand new golden girl in Burnie weightlifter Emily Kirkpatrick.

The 13-year-old overcame a quality field at the Youth and Junior Weightlifting Nationals in Brisbane last week in the under 15 under 81kg class to win gold.

Weightlifting would be considered an unusual sport for a junior athlete to take on, but Kirkpatrick said she was drawn to the sport by her family and a movie she had watched.

AT HOME IN THE GYM: Burnie weightlifter Emily Kirkpatrick claimed her first interstate victory at the age of 13. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

AT HOME IN THE GYM: Burnie weightlifter Emily Kirkpatrick claimed her first interstate victory at the age of 13. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

"My mum has been a weightlifter and she has been in and out of the sport as she has done CrossFit and other things.

"I watched the CrossFit Games movie called The Fittest on Earth and woke up the next morning I want to do it.

"Going to a few classes, we realised I enjoyed the strength side more than the cardio side and I ended up chasing weightlifting."

Kirkpatrick takes part in the Olympic discipline of weightlifting, which relies on a total score between clean and jerk and snatch events.

Kirkpatrick said it had been a whirlwind rise since she started competing under two years ago.

"I started competing at the start of last year and it has been a really good experience so far.

"It has taken a lot hard work, I try to train three days a week, which allows my body to recover."

IN CONTROL: Emily Kirkpatrick has excelled in weightlifting since taking up the sport. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

IN CONTROL: Emily Kirkpatrick has excelled in weightlifting since taking up the sport. Picture: Simon Sturzaker

Kirkpatrick said the national event was a great experience and her performance will open up more opportunities for her to compete.

"The girls around me in the class all lift about the same as me and sometimes you don't even know who was going to come out on top, it was me this time," she said.

"It will be even tougher for me going forward because I have qualified for the under 17s now, there will be more girls lifting around what I have been.

"To move up a class, your total lifted has to reach a certain weight standard and right now my total is 111kg.

"For the qualifiers to go to the nationals, I was below 106kg total that I needed to be in the under 17s as well, I think I lifted a total of 105kg to be one away."

Kirkpatrick said she would also continue to compete in under 15 events for the next two years.

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