Our Lifters Learn to Grow from World Experience

Undoubtedly they will cherish the moment and in the end will make them better athletes
03 Jun 2019 12:24
Our Lifters Learn to Grow from World Experience
Turkey’s Gocmenogly Yusuf at the FMF National Gymnasium on June 2,2019. Photo: Simione Haravanua


Weightlifting Fiji could not have a better platform to learn and grow for the future than the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) Junior World Championship currently being held at the FMF National Gymnasium in Suva.

We are fortunate that IWF has saw it fit to have the event in Fiji providing an opportunity for our young people to take and make a name for themselves in the sport.

Mark these young lifters Samuela Nasila, Maika Taukenioro and Maloni Sadranu as our future medal prospects.

They all made their debut in front of an international audience yesterday and came out in flying colours.

The trio participated in the 61kg category (Group B) and all achieved their personal best.

This is a way forward for the sport, which is potentially capable of turning the medal tally around in regional and international meets given the prospects of medals offered in the different weight categories.

For so long we came third or fourth in regional events such as the Pacific Games or Mini Games because we are weak in a sport like weightlifting.

Amazingly these young lifters were identified and nurtured in a newly-formed Serua Weightlifting Association and kudos must go to the Fiji National Sports Commission for providing the guidance and the equipment.

The commission’s community outreach programmes are making an impact and its effort recognised.

International Weightlifting Federation president Tamas Ajan was happy on how Fiji organised a high-priority event in a professional manner.

He said: “In addition to support from the Government, we cannot thank Weightlifting Fiji enough and its president, Atma Maharaj for his devoted service by living up to the challenge of a world event and thus confirming Fiji as a strong weightlifting nation even in a global context.”

Weightlifting Fiji should be commended for its efforts in identifying talents and putting them to the test in front of a global audience.

Undoubtedly they will cherish the moment and in the end it would make them better athletes.

The Government, through the Fiji National Sports Commission, has led the way by funding and providing the infrastructure for our athletes to pursue their dreams and reach their potential.

It is about providing our people opportunities to excel in a sports pathway of their choice.


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