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12 Lifters For Pacific Mini Games

Weightlifting Fiji has named 12 athletes and three officials to travel to Port Vila, Vanuatu as part of Team Fiji to compete in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games. This will
25 Nov 2017 14:33
12 Lifters For Pacific Mini Games
Manueli Tulo a gold medal prospect at the Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu. Photo: Zimbio

Weightlifting Fiji has named 12 athletes and three officials to travel to Port Vila, Vanuatu as part of Team Fiji to compete in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games.

This will be the largest weightlifting team to travel overseas for any competition ever.

This competition is a build up to the competitions in 2018 including the Commonwealth Games, the Oceania Championships, Youth Olympic Games and the World Championships.

Section manager, Ritesh Ratiram said their development programme is getting good traction.

Our women star weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana with all her trophies and medals at her home in Taviya in Ovalau. She is currently training in New Caledonia for the Pacific Mini Games. Photo: Manhar Lal.

Our women star weightlifter Eileen Cikamatana with all her trophies and medals at her home in Taviya in Ovalau. She is currently training in New Caledonia for the Pacific Mini Games. Photo: Manhar Lal.

“We now have some very talented young and upcoming athletes coming through the ranks who’ll be competing alongside the big names in the sport, both from Fiji and the Oceania in Vanuatu,” Ratiram said.

“The Vanuatu competition however coincides with the World Championship in United States of America.

Top lifters Manueli Tulo, Apolonia Vaivai and Joe Vueti will be travelling to compete in Anaheim before returning to join the team in Vanuatu.

Young weightlifting sensation Eileen Cikamatana will travel directly to Port Vila and join the team there.

The Fijians are expecting good competition from Samoa, Papua New Guinea, New Zealand, Kiribati and Nauru.

 

TEAMS

Men: 1.  Manueli Tulo – 56kg  2. Poama Qaqa – 62kg  3. Patrick Veidreyaki – 77kg   4. Tevita Tawai – 77kg  5. Taniela Rainibogi – 85kg.
Women: 1. Seruwaia Malani – 48kg 2. Arieta Mudunavoce – 53kg 3. Sofia Kinikinilau – 58kg 4. Maria Mareta – 58kg 5. Maria Liku – 63kg 6. Apolonia Vaivai – 69kg 7. Eileen Cikamatana – 90kg.
OFFICIALS :
Section manager – Ritesh Ratiram, coach– Joe Vueti, assistant coach– Julia Timi,  .
Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to the Fijian Government, Fijian National Sports Commission, FASANOC, sponsors, media and the general public for their support

Feedback:  oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



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