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Dika Toua leads way: Apolonia Vaivai

Apolonia Vaivai is confident Oceania female weightlifters will do well at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championship in Houston, United States next week. The 24 year old is happy
12 Nov 2015 11:03
Dika Toua leads way: Apolonia Vaivai
From left: Dika Toua and Apolonia Vaivai. Photo: APLONIA VAIVAI

Apolonia Vaivai is confident Oceania female weightlifters will do well at the 2015 International Weightlifting Federation World Championship in Houston, United States next week.

The 24 year old is happy to train alongside 2015 Pacific Games gold medallist Dika Toua who is also training to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“When I train with her it feels good and more fired up,”Vaivai said.

“She has been to 4 Olympic Games and she sets a good example to us all. It is not just me but everyone back at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Noumea. It is an honour and privilege to train alongside her and be encouraged by her determination and dedication.

“We are all hoping and praying that we all qualify in Houston. It will be an honour for me to represent my family and my country for the first time at the Olympic Games,” Vaivai said.

Toua,  a mother of three, is vying for her fifth Olympics.

“I took a break and resume training back in September and we’re here training and helping each other to try and qualify.

“Training has been good and I’m working harder,” Toua said.

Feedback:  paulini.ratulailai@fijisun.com.fj

 



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