2010 Oceania Weightlifting Champs. in Suva May 4-7

Wednesday, May 05, 2010

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His Excellency the President of Fiji, Ratu Epeli Nailatikau has opened the 2010 Oceania Weightlifting Championships at the Yat Sen School Hall, in Suva, Fiji.

Accompanied by speeches from Sam Coffa, President of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation, Dr Robin Mitchell, President of the ONOC, Atma Maharaj, the President of Fiji Weightlifting, the championships have been lauded as the biggest ever Oceania event with over 180 athletes in attendance, a record for this sport.

This was attributed to the hard work of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation and in particular the existence of the Oceania Weightlifting Institute, born in Nauru, nurtured in Fiji and Samoa and now blooming in New Caledonia, this facility has provided quality training opportunities for many young people throughout the Pacific. Consequently the sport is growing in both size of participation and quality of performance.

The President expressed his pleasure in welcoming all countries and guests to take part in this championship in Fiji. He noted that this was the 30th anniversary of the OWF. He noted that weightlifting had become one of the most successful sports in the Pacific which has taken the talent of our young people and nurtured them in the Pacific, in the place they know best. 

He congratulated Paul Coffa MBE for his outstanding work in making this happen and also for the amazing achievements of the Hon. Marcus Stephen, President of Nauru in being the catalyst for this amazing journey.

He encouraged all competitors to play true, enjoy the experience and reap the rewards of the hard training and preparation.

The Championships are now open and the Men's 50Kg and 56Kg Category will run with Manueli Tulo of Fiji tipped to win all honours.