Rotorua's Anja Jennings burst on to the weightlifting scene in September last year when she broke national records for the snatch and clean and jerk in the under-15, under-53kg girls' division at Secondary Schools Nationals. Two weeks later she beat her own records at the New Zealand Junior Olympic Weightlifting Championships. More recently the 16-year-old represented Crossfit Rotorua at the North Island Weightlifting Championships with the main goal of qualifying for nationals again. Sports reporter David Beck spoke with her about how she went and what her hopes are for the rest of 2019.

Anja Jennings, 16, travelled