Shaw-Elder officiates at senior world weightlifting championship

Della Shaw-Elder has been elected to the Commonwealth Weightlifting Federation's (CWF) Executive Committee. Picture: SUPPLIED

Della Shaw-Elder. Picture: SUPPLIED

FIJI’S very own Della Shaw-Elder is in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, to officiate at the 2018 IWF Senior World Championships in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, which began yesterday.

Shaw-Elder had been invited to officiate by the International Weightlifting Federation (IWF).

This is the second time she has been invited by IWF to officiate at the world level.

Her first world championship as a technical official was at the IWF Junior World Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, earlier this year.

“I am grateful to IWF for giving me the opportunity and also to Weightlifting Fiji for her nomination,” Shaw-Elder said.

The upcoming World Championship will be Della’s third major International competition this year.

Shaw-Elder says being on the panel of juries is the highest honour for a technical official in the sport of weightlifting.

She is also the only female IWF Category One Referee in the Pacific which she achieved in 2014.

“This competition is the start for the qualifications for the Olympic Games with new weight categories, and I am really looking forward to this.”

These invites are taking Shaw-Elder one step closer to officiating at the 2020 Olympics.

Shaw-Elder will be presenting a progress update to the IWF Congress, on the 2019 IWF Junior World Championships, which will be held in Suva in June next year.

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