The weightlifting event held last week attracted over 70 athletes, competing in various weight divisions across age group, open and masters divisions.
Cook Islands Weightlifting Federation is looking to host a regional event after the success of the 2022 Cook Islands Games.
weightlifting event held last week attracted over 70 athletes, competing in
various weight divisions across age group, open and masters divisions.
manager Martin Stetka said his personal goal was to prepare for an event that
would comply with international standards of weightlifting competition.
included preparing the venue similar to those at international competition.
believe we were able to accomplish this with comments like that the competition
setup was better than last Pacific Mini Games in Northern Mariana Islands,”
managed to put together a very strong team of technical officials that was able
to run the competition and operate the competition system in very efficient and
referees were refereeing by international standards and I couldn’t be happier with
also managed to run the competition on schedule and each day we have finished
on exactly scheduled time, that is great success considering we had over 70
legend of the sport, Paul Coffa, has visited our country just couple of days
prior to the competition and he had a chance to see the venue being set up. He
had very generous comments and was very impressed with the setup.”
coached over 540 international athletes (including our own Sam Pera, Sam Pera
Jr, Luisa Peters and Manine Lynch).
of them are the greatest of all time in the sport of weightlifting, he has 104
international medals from Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, World
Championships and others.
couple of international level results were produced at the competition, many
lifters had set new personal bests and
couple of new young talents were selected by the federation during the games,
was also able to pick up on couple of things that can be done better next time!
the weightlifting competition has been a tremendous success and we are looking
forward to host another competition, possibly on international scale!
Cook Islands Weightlifting Federation has a very high chance to host upcoming
Oceania Youth and Junior championship.
could bring in to our country close to 300 international lifters and their
families, supporters from Oceania countries including Australia and New
future of weightlifting in the Cook Islands is bright!”