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Whiteside Relishing Chance To Represent Fiji

The 28-year-old’s best lifts from the meet was a 270kg squat, a 130kg bench press and a 270 kg deadlift.
21 Apr 2019 14:02
Whiteside Relishing Chance To Represent Fiji
Sanjini Naicker in action during the powerlifting competition of the Fiji Games at Suva’s Charman’s Gym on April 20, 2019.

Powerlifter Gardiner Whiteside remains hopeful of making the squad for the July’s Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa after winning gold at the Fiji Games in Suva yesterday.

Lifting in the 105 kg category,Whiteside beat silver medallist Michael Sharma and Sidore to stake his claim for a spot in Team Fiji.

The 28-year-old’s best lifts from the meet was a 270kg squat, a 130kg bench press and a 270 kg deadlift.

Speaking after the competition, Whiteside was relishing the chance to represent Fiji but would wait for the team announcement this week.

“There’s quite a competitive field of talented lifters in my category (105kg), so at this stage it’s anybody’s,” he said.

“If selected for the Samoa Games, I’d like to work on improving my bench press as this is my weakest area.”

Fiji Powerlifting Federation president Eric Jioje says he has finalised the team and would submit the list to the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) today.

Jioje says a lot of work was left to be done if Fiji wanted to beat the lifters from Samoa and Nauru, who traditionally have dominated the competition.

“The athletes selected will have a tweak in their training programmes starting this week because some of them have gone off-track,” he said.

“I’ve told the lifters to stick to the training programme or I will have no choice but to drop them because they are risking injury.”

Edited Osea Bola

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