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Coffa: Sure Gold For Eileen

Coffa: Sure Gold For Eileen
Fijian weightlifters after training at the Gold Coast Turf Club, Australia on April 2, 2018 Photo: Anasilini Ratuva
April 03
11:00 2018

The Oceania Weightlifting Insti­tute director Paul Coffa strong­ly believes that weightlifter Ei­leen Cikamatana will win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games.

“Cikamatana is happy, relaxed she al­ways has that excitement on her face when lifting those weights in a compe­tition,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“It is a 100 per cent gold medal for her, no doubt about that, even the Austral­ian lifters will not come close to her. She is something else.”

Coffa also rated Apolonia Vaivai as another gold medal contender.

“It was brave of her to come back to the institute, she is in great shape and it is definitely a gold medal prospect”

Coffa believes the weightlifters from the Oceania Institute will come out victorious on the day.

“They’re looking good, five days of competition everybody wants to win a medal. We have the best lifters from the Oceania region. Realistically I’m happy with the progress of these lift­ers.”


The Team Fiji netball side are wary of the tall players in the Jamaican team as they prepare to take them on in the opening game of the 2018 Com­monwealth Games on Thursday.

Head coach Vicki Wilson told SUN­sports yesterday the 196cm tall Jamai­can goalshooters have been their con­cern after their earlier clash in New Zealand last month.

“They are very, very tall shooters and will be very hard to contain,” Wilson said.

“Looking at all the netball teams in the competition, our team are the smallest in size.”

The Fijians are impressed with the atmosphere at the Games village so far.

“The facilities at the village are amaz­ing, we are enjoying it. We are train­ing every day since the day we arrived here.

“Even the competition venue is in­credible, it’s amazing how these offi­cials have made the spectator seating come closer to the court.

“Jamaica are ranked fourth in the world but all the bigger teams in the competition, will play to win the gold but we will try our best.”

Wilson added that the rebounding area is one they have been working hard on.

The Fijians face Australia, Jamaica, South Africa, Barbados and Northern Ireland in their pool games.

In an earlier interview captain Lusi­ana Rokoura said playing in the Com­monwealth Games is a good build up to the Oceania Championships which double as the 2019 World Netball Cham­pionship qualifiers.

The 21st edition of the Common­wealth Games opens tomorrow.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua


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