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Weightlifters prepare for Oceania meet

Solomon Islands weightlifters are in serious training at Lawson Tama in the lead up to their first international duty set to take place in May this year.

The Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth championships are set to take place in Nauru from the 6th -9th of May.

The championship is also the 2010 Olympic Youth Continental Qualification where top young weightlifters in the region will be selected for the Olympic Youth Games later in the year.

Around 16 national weightlifters are into their second week of training back from the long off-season break.

Star sports caught up with some of the weightlifters at Lawson Tama and they confirmed that selections as to who will represent the country will be made by the federation.

Currently nine men and seven women are training for the championships.

National weightlifting champion Wendy Wale is the highest ranked weightlifter in the current OWF Oceania Rankings list.

She holds the number 1 position in her 58kg category ahead of PNG’s Rita Kari.

Other female weightlifters making the top ten lists in the OWF Oceania Rankings are T.Grace, Jenly Wini, Jennly Donga, Alomae Mae and Susuan Luisa, all in their own respective weight categories.

In the men, Brown Ramoaka sits on 4th place in last years Oceania rankings in the 62kg. He is followed by Rocky Ramo on 10th place in the same weight category and Mathew Tolo on 10th place as well but in the 56kg weight category.

The Solomon Islands Weightlifting Federation is yet to confirm how many weightlifters it is hoping to send over to represent the country in Nauru. (Solomon Star)