Fiji Time: 3:56 AM on Monday 31 August

Fiji Times Logo

/ Front page / Sport

Lifters aim high

Arin Kumar
Tuesday, May 27, 2014

EIGHTEEN weightlifters departed the country yesterday with high hopes of bringing glory to Fiji by winning their respective grades at the Oceania Championships in New Caledonia.

Peni Taqua, Tevita Tawai, Manueli Tulo, Julia Timi, Seruwaia Malani, Arieta Mudunavoce and Apolonia Vaivai are trying to qualify for the Commonwealth Games that would be held later this year in Glasgow while the remaining four boys and five girls are trying to qualify for the Youth Olympic Games (YOG) that would be held in August in China.

Team manager Wallene Vueti said the side had prepared well and was looking forward to positive results at the event.

Malani, who won three gold medals at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna last year, is among the favourites in her category.

"She will face stiff competition from lifters from Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti and New Caledonia," Vueti said.

"Tulo is another favourite in his category while there are high hopes for Vaivai who is currently training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia."

She said the competition was the first international event for some of those teenagers who were trying to qualify for the YOG.

"They are strong weightlifters with a lot of confidence and they are all looking forward to the competition at the Oceania Championships.

"It will be tough since they would be facing lifters from Australia, New Zealand and other Pacific nations for the first time."

Competition starts tomorrow and concludes on Friday.





Fiji Times Front Page Thumbnail

Kaila Front Page ThumbnailFiji Times & Kaila Frontpage PDF Downloads

Use the free Acrobat Reader to view.

Westpac
Code Inward TTs Outward TTs
CAD 0.62450.6055
JPY 56.810253.8102
GBP 0.30290.2949
EUR 0.41450.4025
NZD 0.73480.7018
AUD 0.66190.6369
USD 0.47110.4541

from

$0.00

Exchange Rate updated on 27th August 2015

Today's Most Read Stories

  1. PM's warning
  2. Nadolo gets $2 for RWC
  3. Naiyaravoro world cup conspiracy
  4. Attacks on democracy will not be tolerated by the State
  5. One down
  6. Asian stock fall to affect Fijian economy
  7. Prasad wins personality title
  8. Ministry assists elderly couple
  9. Plans to generate money
  10. FWCC plans three shelters worth $1.7m for victims

Top Stories this Week

  1. Sayed-Khaiyum responds to Karavaki warning Thursday (27 Aug)
  2. Guns in town Thursday (27 Aug)
  3. Birth by the river Tuesday (25 Aug)
  4. Making the cut Monday (24 Aug)
  5. PM turns down Ratu Naiqama request Thursday (27 Aug)
  6. Military, police beef up manpower Tuesday (25 Aug)
  7. PM's warning Sunday (30 Aug)
  8. John quits 7s job Tuesday (25 Aug)
  9. Soldiers patrol town prior to sedition case Wednesday (26 Aug)
  10. Draunidalo hits back Friday (28 Aug)