Leadville Lifters Compete at Youth Nationals
By Ben Wells, Leadville Lifters Coach
On June 14, several athletes from Leadville Lifters Olympic Weightlifting Club, competed in the 2014 Youth Nationals Olympic Weightlifting Competition in Daytona Beach, FL. The 5 lifters that travelled to Daytona Beach to represent Leadville on the National Stage were Aarika Johnson, Brie Hirsheimer, Elli Torsell, Isaac Dorsey and Brayan Romo. These lifters were also part of the Leadville Lifters team that took the Colorado High School State Olympic Weightlifting Championships last April.
This experience started two days earlier, when the lifters showed up at Spruce Creek High School, which hosted the event, and registered for the competition. That was also the first day of training in the Florida heat and humidity, which was a completely different environment then the mountains of Leadville.
For competition, each of the lifters are required to perform 3 attempts of two lifts, the snatch and the clean and jerk. These are the same lifts that are performed during the Summer Olympics. They also have the ability to increase the amount of weight that they are lifting during competition.
All of the lifters competed in their own age group and weight class on Saturday morning.
For the girls of Leadville Lifters, both Torsell and Hirsheimer competed in the 53kg (117lb) class. Torsell lifted a total of 72kg (158lbs), combined total of both lifts, which helped her to rise to 14th in the nation. Hirsheimer, had a rocky start and did not complete the snatch lift before the buzzer but regained her confidence and completed the clean and jerk at 36kg (79.3lbs), though she did not place. Johnson competed in the 58kg (130lb) class and had great lifts with a total of 84kg (185lb) which allowed her to place 17th in the nation.
For the guys of Leadville Lifters, Dorsey competed in the 69kg (152lb) class and placed 16th in the nation with a total of 148kg (326lb). Romo had qualified for Youth National, but was not able to compete due to registration complication. However, he would have been in the 77kg (169lb) class.
These lifters started training in January of this year and have worked incredibly hard to earn this honor to represent Leadville Lifters, Lake County High School and the Town of Leadville on the National Stage. Congratulations to all of the lifters and they have already started to train for next year’s Junior Nationals and University Nationals.
Governor’s Summer Job Hunt for Youth Underway
Ah, that summer job of your youth. What was yours? Cutting grass? Bussing tables at the local restaurant? Babysitting? No matter what it was, someone probably helped you get that job. And now Colorado’s Gov. John Hickenlooper can lend a hand as well.
Each year, Colorado’s longest running and most successful youth employment program helps tens of thousands of young people prepare for the uncharted territory of a first summer job. Since 1981, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt program has connected high school and college students with Colorado employers willing to give them a chance to learn, put skills to use and see firsthand how a business operates.
“The program has a proven track record,” says Department of Labor and Employment Executive Director Ellen Golombek. “The Governor’s Summer Job Hunt has assisted more than half a million teens in the last three decades and this summer, professionals at our Frisco Workforce Center are ready to work with another generation of young job seekers.
As much as it is an employment program, with a wealth of job openings geared toward youth, the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt is also a training program. Workforce Center staff know that getting a summer job takes initiative but getting the job is only half the story. There are a lot of things a young person needs to learn in order to be successful and the Leadville Workforce Center provides assistance in résumé writing, interviewing skills and job search strategies to help young people gain a competitive edge in their job hunt. The Workforce Center’s commitment is to teach the youngest job seekers how to be successful, how to establish a solid work ethic and how to build the groundwork to their future careers.
For young people who are comfortable in marketing themselves to employers or want to do a self-directed job search, Workforce Centers offer an online job bank called Connecting Colorado (www.connectingcolorado.com). Registration at the website is quick and easy to use and Connecting Colorado has a listing of job opportunities for all job seekers including those who are making their first foray into the job market.
For teens who would like some help in their job search and for employers who would like more information about the Governor’s Summer Job Hunt, contact the Leadville Workforce Center is at 115 6th St and can be reached at 719-486-2428.