8 Weightlifters will represent Fiji at the IWF Junior Weightlifting Championships (JWC) when the competition starts in Suva from 1-8 June, 2019.

The team was finalised after the Fiji Games that was held on Saturday 20 April 2019. The Fiji Games also doubled up as the National Championships and the 5th and final trials for the Pacific Games.

The full team is as follows;

Female Athletes Weight Category

1. Adi Wini Mekula from Wainimala, Naitasiri 59Kg

2. Rebecca Johns from Serua 64Kg

3. Merewalesi Vusonitokalau from Joma, Kadavu 81Kg

4. Helen Seipua from Tailevu 87+Kg

Male Athletes

1. Maika Taukeinikoro from Serua 61Kg

2. Samuela Nasila from Serua 67Kg

3. Maloni Sadranu from Serua 73Kg

4. Timothy Vakuruivalu from Kadavu 96Kg

With the exception of Timothy Vakuruivalu, this will be the first major competition for all the other lifters.

Iowana Sera Vakaloloma, former National Weightlifting and Athletics Rep, will manage the team at the Championships and she is also the Section Manager for Weightlifting to the 2019 Pacific Games.The coaching staff will be led by Henry Elder, as Head Coach and Asaeli Tuikenawa and Lavenia Adilutunacawacawa as Assistant Coaches.

Henry Elder, he was happy with the final team as we started training for this competition and the Pacific Games from last year. We had earlier submitted our Preliminary Entries with 14 names but selected these 8 after they met the qualifying standards.This will be Fiji’s largest participation at any World Championships, ever.

Weightlifting Fiji is thankful to the Fiji Government, Fiji National Sports Commission, Fiji Sports Council, ONOC, FASANOC, Sponsors, Media and the general public for their support

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