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PM proud of Weightlifting Fiji’s achievement

Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka congratulated Team Fiji weightlifters for bagging five medals at the 2023 Commonwealth Championship in Delhi, India earlier this month.

Nehemiah Elder settled for silver, Miriama Taletawa managed to win a bronze, Taniela Rainibogi claimed Fiji’s gold in clean and jerk, while Leyna-May Dugu won a gold and bronze as well in the junior category.

During an afternoon tea held at the Australian High Commissioner’s residence today, Rabuka, who is also a lifetime member of Weightlifting Fiji, acknowledged the efforts and hard work done by Weightlifting Fiji and its athletes in securing the medals.

“I congratulate you all and thank the families for their support.”

“It’s always very difficult to get into competitions because I remember I paid for the Commonwealth Qualifying Round when the weightlifting Federation did not have money but I’ve never regretted it.”

“The door is open for more platforms and does not stop. Whatever you have set your mind on, do and you will achieve great heights.”

Weightlifting Fiji President Della Shaw Elder said when the dreams to participate in the Championship seemed distant, the Australian Government stepped in with a resolute hand and provided means to compete at the event.

“The assistance not only covered the expenses of the entire trip but also extended to assist in the logistics and uniforms, aspects that were previously beyond our reach.”

“This exceptional support had made a profound impact on our team, boosting morale and inspiring our athletes to perform to our very best.”

“I’m thrilled to share the extreme backing of the Australian Government and our team achieved outstanding results.”

“Their assistance has been invaluable enabling us to foster the sport of weightlifting and reach out to aspiring athletes across Fiji. The support for our development officials has been instrumental in shaping the bright future for weightlifting in our nation.”

Also present at the event was Australian High Commission Charge de Affairs Stewart Watts and Minister for Youth and Sports Jese Saukuru.

Romeka Romena
Romeka Romena
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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