Haydn Anderson competes at the USA National Weightlifting Youth Championship in St. Joseph, Missouri. Photo submitted
By Alexa Nash
Amazing things can happen to anyone at any time with just a little bit of hard work. One of these amazing cases is what happened with Haydn Anderson, eleven years old. He went to the USA National Weightlifting Youth Championship that took place in Missouri and he won sixth place in the competition against many other kids from around the country. He has been lifting for one year under the coaching of his father Chad Anderson, and Scott Safe, a coach from Cannon Falls.
In order to be eligible to compete in the championship, Haydn had to qualify at a USAW sanction meet, which he completed in Caledonia, and he needed to be a certain weight that is required to be met in the 13 and Under level.
Upon arriving in Missouri, he was ranked at 13th place. To be able to rank in the top six and medal, he needed to lift 70 or more kilograms. Haydn managed to lift 72 kilograms and earned himself a spot at 6th place. He also did his personal best in both the Snatch Lifts and the Clean and Jerk. In addition to that, he completed all six lifts, awarding him with the 6 for 6 award.
Haydn enjoys the sport and according to his father Chad, he has been improving consistently in weight and technique. Haydn plans to keep lifting and see where it takes him.