PNG weightlifting aims for four gold medals at 2018 Games

​Papua New Guinea weightlifting team is aiming for four gold medals at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia.

PNG currently has six weightlifters training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia.

They’re Thelma Toua, Dika Toua, Morea Baru, Toua Udia, Steven Kari and Lorraine Harry.

Dika and Kari are aiming to win back to back gold for PNG in the women’s 53kg category and men’s 94 kg category respectively.

Baru, Udia and the Toua sisters, Thelma and Dika had arrived at the Institute at the beginning of January this year while Kari and Harry only recently joined the team in New Caledonia.

The six lifters now are training together twice a day, six times per week, until the Commonwealth Games next year.

They are expected to dominate the Commonwealth Championships at the Gold Coast in September this year.

Oceania coach Paul Coffa said Dika is in brilliant condition and is focused on taking home gold.

He said the best is yet to come for the other lifters with Thelma Toua and Morea Baru also eyeing a gold medal after doing so well at the Australian International Open held in Melbourne in March.


Quintina Naime