Peters adds more medals to our haul

Friday December 08, 2017 Written by Published in Other Sports
Luisa Peters with her two silver and a bronze medal at the Pacific Mini Games. She is flanked by chef de mission Robert Graham (left) and John Paul Wilson. 17120727 Luisa Peters with her two silver and a bronze medal at the Pacific Mini Games. She is flanked by chef de mission Robert Graham (left) and John Paul Wilson. 17120727

Weightlifter Luisa Peters has added three more medals to Team Cook Islands’ tally after a superb performance at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu on Wednesday night.


The top local weightlifter, who is based at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia, won two silver and a bronze medals in the women’s 90kg+ category.

On Tuesday, fellow weightlifter Philippa Woonton won three bronze medals in the women’s 75kg category.

Peters started off with a personal best lift of 101kg in snatch to win her first silver medal before claiming bronze in the clean and jerk with a lift of 115kg.

In total, she managed 216kg which saw her win the second silver medal.

“I feel good and happy that the job I came here to do is accomplished,” Peters said.

“I also managed a personal best in snatch which is 101 kilos, and I’m very happy with that because I have been working hard to get that result.”

Peters, who will compete at the Commonwealth Games alongside Woonton, said it was back to the drawing board for her.

“I will go back to more training and preparation for the Commonwealth Games next year.”

Brothers Brendon and Daniel Heath, who are representing the country in the beach volleyball competition, failed to qualify for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Wednesday. The pair started off well defeating Tuvalu 2-1, but lost 2-1 to Vanuatu and 2-1 to Solomon Islands in their final two pool matches.

Brendan will join the men’s 3 on 3 basketball team while Daniel will join Morgan Faireka for the Pacific Mini Games beach volleyball competition next week.

“We’ve been playing volleyball since we were kids. My brother is into volleyball more than me, and he didn’t have a partner when we were younger, so it was up to me to be his partner. From then on, we became partners for life,” Daniel told

“It’s awesome to participate in world tournaments and be playing with my brother. I look up to him and I admire him. He was a role model to me when we were growing up. I don’t get to see him very often now, but when we team up, I get to spend time with my big brother.”

Brendon said: “I thank my brother for being my partner. We live in different countries now, and so it’s good to play together in the game that we love”.

Meanwhile golfer Kris Williamson remains in the hunt for a podium finish despite slipping to third place after day two competition on Wednesday.

Williamson carded four over par 72 to finish day two on 145, two shots behind the leader Olaf Allen from Fiji.

Trey Shedlock, who was the best national performer on the green on day two, carded two over par 72 and was placed on 14th spot alongside William Howard. In the ladies’ competition, Rotana Howard retained the fourth spot.

The golf competition will end later today.

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