Fijians set for battle

Maloni Sadranu, 16, during a Team Fiji Weightlifting training session before the 2019 World Junior Weightlifting Championships in Suva. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA/ FILE

WEIGHTLIFTING Fiji coach Henry Elder is confident athletes will perform well despite the tough competition in the 2019 IWF Junior Weightlifting Championship.

Elder said training had been going well and they were in their final stages of preparation.

“Most of the stuff we are doing is maximum lift and working a little bit on auxiliary exercise to maintain stability and strength,” he said.

“The athletes are responding well to the training since this is a big sporting event for them as this is a Olympic qualifying event which is a very big thing for them.

“These athletes know the task at hand and since they are new to this sport they know it will be tough competing against some of the top overseas lifters. We have eight athletes and one of them is Rebecca Johns who has been in the sport for one year. We just want them to understand that they have to perform.

“We’ve got another lifter Wini Mekula who just joined the sport three months ago and we have Merewalesi Vusonitokalau who came all the way from Kadavu so she has been doing it for six months.

“We have Helen Sepua who started in November and we have some very young lifters and this is the time where they can go out and experience the best the world has to offer in their age group and come back with what they learn and hopefully take it into the next level.”

Elder added this is to build their confidence and better themselves as lifters.

Fiji weightlifters team: Adi Wini Mekula in the 59kg, Rebecca Johns in the 64kg, Merewalesi Vusonitokalau in the 81kg, Helen Seipua in the 87+kg, Maika Taukeinikoro in the 61kg Samuela Nasila in the 67kg, Maloni Sadranu in the 73kg and Timothy Vakuruivalu in the 96kg.

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