PNG’s junior weightlifters bag medals

The champions arrived with a medal each around their neck showing their waiting friends and families that it was a successful event for the PNG weightlifters.

The team of eight weightlifters had a great campaign in Apia, Samoa winning medals in three respective categories, youth, junior and U23.

Remembering Bea Ovia - Weightlifting Legacy

Bea was a proud representative of Papua New Guinea, having competed at various international competitions such as the Nanjing 2014 Youth Olympic Games, Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, and the 2015 Commonwealth Games in Samoa.

Among her accomplishments, Bea's most notable representation of Team PNG was at the Samoa 2015 Commonwealth Games, where she achieved an impressive 4th place finish in the Women's 48kg category, narrowly missing out on a Bronze medal.

Morea Bags Silver For PNG

The three-time Commonwealth Games sensation lifted 121kg in the Snatch and 152kg in the Clean and Jerk scoring a total lift of 273kg in the Men’s 61kg division finishing second to Malaysia’s, Muhamad Aznil Bin Bidin who scored 285kg. 
India won bronze with a total lift of 269kg.

Weightlifting, Table Tennis Athletes Qualify

The four athletes include current Commonwealth Games silver medalists, Dika Toua and Morea Baru from Weightlifting and Geoffrey Loi and Tammy Agari from Table Tennis.
The Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) confirmed that the four athletes had qualified through the regional qualification process. 

Olympic fever as Hidilyn Diaz wins Philippines’ first ever gold medal

Weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz, one day after making history as the Philippines’ first ever Olympic gold medallist, took top billing in an ecstatic nation’s newspapers above reports on a major speech by her president.

But for the 30-year-old being showered with accolades, the story was very different in 2019, when her name was included on a list of people accused of plotting against the same man, Rodrigo Duterte.

Inclusion on the list by Salvador Panelo, then spokesman for Duterte, made Diaz fear for her life, she was quoted by domestic media as saying at the time.

Toua Makes Olympic History

Toua is not new to making history at the Olympics as back at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games she became the very first female to participate in Olympic weightlifting for females.

Toua competed in the 49kg event, at the Tokyo International Forum this morning in the first day of competition at the Games.

Toua, at 37, was the oldest athlete in the field and had to change weight category due to the new Olympic weight categories, at these Games, having formerly lifted in the 53kg category.

Young weightlifters kept busy

The unique annual tournament was sponsored by the Oceania Weightlifting Federation (OWF).

Buoyed the gold medal performances of Dika Toua and Morea Baru at the Australian Open International Championships in Australia’s capital Canberra, youngsters poured into the backyard gym of former national coach, Douglas Mea, at Taora for an early morning weigh in ahead of competition.

NZ win first gold medals at Pacific Games

The Auckland teenager snatched 94kg and clean and jerked 112kg for a 206kg total, to win all three gold medals in the women's 76kg division.

It really does mean a lot because it just shows that all my hard work is paying off, at the end of the day, and I'm just very pleased with myself and all of my team members."

Stadium for weight-lifting

It was announced by former minister for sports, now minister for lands, Justin Tkatchenko that construction work has resumed over 2 months ago.

Minister Tkatchenko said that with the support of the Prime Minister and NCD Governor, funding has been approved through NCDC to finally get this Outstanding Stadium Finished.

However now that funding has been approved, Curtain Brothers has signed the contract with NCDC and construction has already gone over 8 weeks forward.

The Completion date is the end of October this Year.

Weightlifters smash records at Pacific Mini Games

Among the outstanding stars at the Vanuatu Games is 17-year-old Samoan weightlifter Fegaiga Stowers, who set a new Commonwealth record in the women's 90kg class by lifting 108kg in the snatch, 131kg in the clean-and-jerk for a 239 kg total.

Papua New Guinea's Stephen Kari secured all three gold medals in the men's 93kg category by lifting 155kg in the snatch and 195kg in the clean-and-jerk.

International weightlifting referee Lilly Coffa, a trainer at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia, says the athletes are ready for the Commonwealth Games.