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Weightlifting Fiji (WF) con­ducted the largest Talent Identification Programme in Fiji in the last two months. This is part of the Oceania Talent Identification Programme (OTIP). The OTIP is an
01 Nov 2018 11:21
803 Students Try Weightlifting
Weightlifting Fiji conducting talent identification programme in schools around Fiji. Photo: Weightlifting Fiji

Weightlifting Fiji (WF) con­ducted the largest Talent Identification Programme in Fiji in the last two months.

This is part of the Oceania Talent Identification Programme (OTIP).

The OTIP is an annual event con­ducted by the Oceania Weightlifting Federation with the hopes of growing the sport around the region.

This programme has been very successful in the Pacific. It has pro­duced many quality lifters from the different Pacific Islands over the last few years, who have then gone on to compete at the Youth Olympics, Com­monwealth Youth Games, the Com­monwealth Games and the Olympic Games for their respective countries.

The programme is fully supported by the International Weightlifting Federation.

This year’s OTIP programme in Fiji has been the largest ever in its his­tory.

The OTIP programme has been con­ducted in Fiji for several years, but this is the first time, WF has been directly responsible for running the programme.

This programme saw participation of 803 students from around the coun­try.

This was made up of 446 boys and 357 girls. The number of participants this year was a huge improvement on participation levels previously.

WF conducted the programme in multiple locations. *Lomeri Second­ary School, Serua – 176 boys & 145 girls;

nNavutulevu Village, Serua – 23 boys & 24 girls;

n Deuba District School, Serua – 136 boys & 133 girls;

n Burenitu Primary School, Namo­si – 24 boys & 24 girls;

nNabukelevu Village School, Serua – 72 boys & 24 girls;

nNational Fitness Centre, Suva – 15 boys & 7 girls.

The numbers would have been much higher had we been able to complete the programme in the specified time.

Three schools scheduled to run the programme in Suva had to be post­poned due to the Royal Visit and the continuous rain for over two weeks.

WF is looking at running the pro­gram in these schools at a later date.

The above numbers also do not in­clude the 120 .students from Vunisea Secondary School in Kadavu, who took part in a similar Talent Identi­fication Programme that had been organised just before the OTIP pro­grammes were initiated.

WF’s Della Shaw-Elder, Henry Elder, Asaeli Tuikanawa Jnr, new coaches Kelemeci Lewere, Nanise Vulinitu, Lavenia Adilutunawacawaca and Mitieli Savu ran the programme in conjunction with Fiji National Sports Commission Outreach programme.

Shaw said she really enjoyed con­ducting the programme.

“It is important we look at grow­ing the sport of weightlifting around the country and by running this pro­gramme, we’ve seen firsthand how much raw talent is out there,”Shaw said.

“Some of these kids have never looked at a broomstick as a potential bar but the way they approached it tells me the sport has a bright future here in Fiji.

“As part of the programme, those who have been identified as potential future athletes will be invited to join the training programmes/camps in Suva working with coaches to devel­op them in the sport. As part of the OTIP programme, each federation from the Pacific at the conclusion of the programme will select one stu­dent – male or female – to attend the OTIP training camp in New Caledo­nia on December 9- 16.

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