Papua New Guinea Weightlifting Federation

PNG weightlifting vision to win 5 gold medals in 2018

President, Sir John Dawanincura, says he believes this vision can be achieved.

“With the Pacific Games, we had a vision to win 17-20 gold medals. We won 13. But our lifters did their best and the rest is history,” said Dawanincura.

He said the country’s weightlifters will have a good lead up to 2018 with major international events such as the Commonwealth Senior, Junior and Youth Championships in India this October plus the 2015 World Championships later in the USA.

Another Big Village gold medal!

The powerhouse Hanuabadan will be aiming to add to her tally in the clean and jerk and overall total.

Mea is the favourite for a clean sweep in the 69kg division. With the heaviest weight on the bar in the division she had only herself to beat.

She failed her first lift of 83kg, but easily lifted the bar in her second attempt to win gold. The silver medal went to Vanessa Lui (Samoa) with a lift of 82kg, and New Zealand got bronze, lifting 76kg.

The Clean and Jerk challenge for the 69kg is taking place.

New vehicle to assist PNG weightlifters

The new Ford Ranger will assist weightlifters and officials move to and from training.

The vehicle will also assist the federation carry out development programs in schools and communities.

Federation President Sir John Dawanincura was thankful for the sponsorship and said it will assist Commonwealth gold medalist Dika Toua conduct school clinics as part of a talent identification program.

“It’s been a challenge to transport training weights to schools so this vehicle will assist Dika as well,” he said.