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Expert Help For Lifters

With the upcoming 2014 Asia/Oceania Championships, the Fiji Powerlifting Federation has brought in international expertise to help prepare the athletes and referees. International Powerlifting Federation referee Pamela Gutjar is assisting
01 Nov 2014 13:28
Expert Help For Lifters
International Powerlifting Federation referee Pamela Gutjar (standing left), demonstrates at the Young Men’s Christian Association Gym in Suva yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

With the upcoming 2014 Asia/Oceania Championships, the Fiji Powerlifting Federation has brought in international expertise to help prepare the athletes and referees.

International Powerlifting Federation referee Pamela Gutjar is assisting athletes at the Young Men Christian Association gym in Suva yesterday,

“A lot of lifters don’t understand why they get the red flag,”Gutjar said.

“They have completed their theory exam and they all got a 100 per cent and now they just have to do the practical part.

“But practice makes perfect and I don’t expect them to get it all right in one day because we all make mistakes. But everything’s going really well and I am so proud of the Fijians.”

One of the youngest participants/ lifter, Maria Chong, 17, said the training has  benefitted her on all levels.

Chong represented Fiji at the 2013 Oceania Powerlifting Championship where she won a silver.

“I got into powerlifting through my grandad and uncles so it is in the genes,” Chong said.

“I have learnt a lot from the training as it was nice to be shown the correct way to lift.

“This is a sport I hope to excel in and I love it because it is usually male dominated but as a female we get to show that women have the power as well.”

A competition will be held today at the YMCA where selectors will pick a team to represent Fiji in the 2014 Asia/Oceania Powerlifting Championships in Melbourne, Australia next month.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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