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Boost for powerlifting team in NZ event

Rashneel Kumar
Tuesday, December 03, 2013

THE Fiji Powerlifting Federation received the boost it needed to win medals in the Commonwealth/Oceania Powerlifting Championship in Manukau, New Zealand.

The team which is to leave the country this morning, yesterday, received $12,780 from the Fiji National Sports Commission to help them with this trip.

The national side comprised Fiji's "Iron Lady" Sainimili Turner, Isaiah Elder, Sefanaia Cakautini and 16-year-old debutante Maria Chong.

Commission chairman Peter Mazey while wishing the team the very best in the tour said they were focused on helping the minor sports.

He said the goal was to build towards the 2016 Rio Games in which they believed the minor sports had a good chance of winning medals.

Fiji Powerlifting Federation president Eliesa Irava while thanking the commission said they would try their best to return home with medals from the championship.

Last year Fiji returned with three gold medals and two Oceania records from the championship in Australia.

"When we name our team, we always make sure we take the best that are capable of winning medals," he said.

"We set our standards similar to that of Australia and New Zealand.

"I believe powerlifting has been going out for many years and we haven't come back home empty handed."

Irava also thanked JR White, Bank of the South Pacific, Suva Suburb (BSP Life) and FASANOC for their assistance.