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Parents Jet In To Support Lifters

Parents Jet In To Support Lifters
PROUD PARENTS…. From left: Makitalena Cikamatana, Sevanaia Cikamatana , Sunia Uataletale (Tulo’s father), Mereoni Tatagi (Vaivai’s mother) in Gold Coast, Australia on April 4, 2018. Photo: Weightlifting Fiji
April 05
11:00 2018

Weightlifting Fiji has created a special programme ‘Parents Support Group” (PSG), as part of its 2018 Commonwealth Games campaign.

Four parents arrived in Gold Coast yesterday to watch their children compete at the Games which starts today.

The Parents Support Group consists of

Eileen Cikamatana’s parents – Sevanaia and Makitalena Cikamatana from Taviya, Ovalau;

Apolonia Vaivai’s Mum – Mereoni Tatagi, from Naselesele, Wiwi, Taveuni; and

Manueli Tulo’s father – Sunia Uataletale, from Korovou Settlement,Levuka.

Sunia will also be able to watch his daughter, Seruwaia Malani, who competes in the 48Kg category, a few hours after Tulo competes.

The parents will watch their children compete in their respective events and also watch other Fiji lifters compete. This is sure to be an emotional and memorable trip for the parents, to see their children represent Fiji with pride and passion.

Fiji lifters in action at the Carrara Sports & Leisure Centre today are Manueli  Tulo (56 kg), Seruwaia Malani (48kg), Poama Qaqa (62kg) .

Friday:  Maria Mareta (58kg); Saturday: Taniela Rainibogi (85kg); Sunday: Apolonia Vaivai (69kg); Monday: Eileen Cikamatana (90kg, +90kg).

WF president, Atma Maharaj said,  “These parents so far, have not seen their children compete at any major International competition(s) let alone travel overseas. Having the Parents Support Group there will act as motivation for our athletes but also as a reward for both the athletes and parents for the many sacrifices they’ve made so far.

“This is a first for Weightlifting Fiji. We are an inclusive organization and apart from looking after our athletes’ welfare, we also are appreciative of the support these athletes receive from their family members”.

The idea for the trip was formed after the exceptional results at the 2017 Commonwealth Championships, at the Gold Coast, where Fiji won two medals.  This is the first time that Fiji lifters have achieved this at any Commonwealth Championships and upped the stakes for Fiji at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

This was backed by great performances at the 2017 Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan, the 2017 World Championships and the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

Two of Fiji’s athletes, Apolonia Vaivai and Eileen Cikamatana are currently ranked number 1 in their Commonwealth qualification rankings and Manueli Tulo is currently ranked number 4.

The trip is a reward for the consistent high level of performances by these athletes.

All the costs for the PSG for their trip are being met through incentive payments by Weightlifting Fiji, Weightlifting Fiji sponsors – Fiji Searoad Services and 3SA Carpets and supporters. This includes airfares, accommodation, ground transport, event tickets, travel insurances, meals, passports, visas and all ancillary expenses.

-Weightlifting Fiji

 

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