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Peters Paves Way For Female Lifters

  Cook Islands top female weightlifter Luisa Fatiaki Peters is of Rotuman descent. Yesterday she created history for being the first female to be named the vice-president of the Oceania
29 May 2016 08:49
Peters Paves Way For Female Lifters
Luisa Fatiaki Peter

 

Cook Islands top female weightlifter Luisa Fatiaki Peters is of Rotuman descent.

Yesterday she created history for being the first female to be named the vice-president of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF).

She is one of the three to take up the position.

The 22-year-old Peters, who represented Cook Islands at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and the 2014 Commonwealth Games, is a regional games medallist.

She is based at the weightlifting academy in New Caledonia, where she trains under renowned weightlifting coach Paul Coffa.

Speaking to SUNspots, Peters said she has been in the sporting industry for eight years and is excited about the journey ahead.

“It feels good, it shows that OWF is moving ahead by having females on board so I reckon it’s a good thing what they’ve done.

“I’m excited that I have been elected to be the first female vice-president and I hope to work with OWF in the next four years and help them in any area that I can,” she said.

To be part of a male dominated sport, she believes her election is a huge achievement for other young women who wish to follow in the same footsteps.

“I think it is great because many years ago this was a man’s sport but today you see a lot of females, so basically its nearly 50-50 so that’s a huge achievement.

“For young ladies who wish to take up the sport, weightlifting is a good sport and you should go for it. Don’t be intimidated by men because in this competition the women are just as strong as the men,” she added.

Peters mentioned a few years ago she wouldn’t have imagined taking up such a high position at an early age but believes this is just the beginning for other females athletes.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  stella.moresio@fijisun.com.fj

 



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