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Lifters celebrate in style

Emoni Narawa
Monday, January 07, 2013

THE Levuka Weightlifting Club celebrated the new year in style at the Jungle Gym in Levuka, Ovalau.

While others welcomed 2013 in celebration mood, the Baba-based club choose to be in their own mood, playing the sport they are best known for, weightlifting.

National coaches Joe Vueti and Paula Taqua organised the Levuka New Year Weightlifting championship which was attended by 29 keen lifters who were divided into two teams, Russia and Greece.

Team Greece claimed victory as eleven lifters were awarded with medals for winning their respective categories. Taqua and Vueti were impressed with the young lifters' performance.

The youngest competitor was Avaitia Tuivunilai Waqabaca, a 10-year-old and a Class Five student of Levuka Public Primary School.

Levuka Weightlifting president Lemeki Damu said it was a wonderful way to welcome the new year.

The club also received new muscle vests from Damu.

"The competition was an interesting one. The two coaches came up with the idea and we are pleased to see the potential and the interest within these young lifters," he said.

"Weightlifting is a sport we love and I believe it was a much better way to welcome the new year. The lifters enjoyed their time out here at the jungle gym and they all received their new muscle vests before the competition."

National reps Arieta Mudunavoce and Julia Timi, who will be representing Fiji and the Oceania at the World Youth Festival in Sydney, were also at the event.