A group of weight lifters from Amarillo are headed to state.

Alyssa Ballard is 13-years-old.  She has the lofty goal of lifting in the 2020 Olympics.  Another step in reaching that goal will be taken that weekend.  Ballard and a contingent of area lifters are competeing in the event in Dallas.  Over 400 other lifters will be competing and many have similar Olympic dreams.

Her coach, Martin Brock gains gratification seeing his lifters compete and sees their preparatory work paying off, maybe big over the meet this weekend.  He knows it will take more than skill and mental strength but also the composure to be competitive under the pressure of lifting against athletes from across the state.