Lawyer Lauren Fargher, 23, already has success stories and tall dreams for the future.
The Woodville-based athlete began weightlifting early last year and will be representing New Zealand in the 2018 World University Weightlifting Championship.
The event is in Biala Podlaska Poland from September 20 to 23, where she will be competing in the 90kg women's category.
Lauren is ranked fourth in New Zealand in the 90kg weightlifting category, and is optimistic that she will perform well at this international level.
"It's a massive opportunity for me to be able to represent my school and the country in this large scale international competition.
"To compete with Olympians and champions at the championships in Poland has been my dream and it's incredible to have it come my way."
But there are costs to get there so Lauren and her support group are raising funds for her travel, accommodation and other expenses.
With degrees in law and marine biology from Victoria University, Lauren joined the legal team at Innes Dean Tararua Law three months ago.
"It was really hard combining studies with training then, but it is even harder now combining a full-time job with training.
"It has forced me to maximise the time I have and made me train smarter rather than harder and develop time management skills that I use at work and in my daily life."
Lauren grew up in Featherston in the Wairarapa before moving to Paraparaumu in her first year of university. She joined her partner in Woodville earlier this year.
Raffle tickets for $5 each are being sold at Innes Dean Tararua Law in Palmerston North and will be drawn on September 14.
Winner of the raffle draw will enjoy a day's fishing trip out of Wellington with Wellington Fishing Charters, valued at $2600.
Lauren and her support group can be contacted at Innes Dean Tararua Law office, Palmerston North.