Highlight on the Arafura Games and Oceania Championships
The Arafura Games, including Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Championships were held in Darwin, Australia on 11-13th may 2011. The 3 days of competition attracted large crowd.
125 lifters competed during the Games and the Pacific Island lifters – who are based at the institute – achieved excellent results.
Yukio Peter (Nauru) in the 77kg category won the best male lifter of the tournament and broke the Commonwealth and Oceania record with a snatch of 157kg.
Itte Detenamo (Nauru) in the 105+kg broke all Commonwealth and Oceania records with 184kg snatch, 229kg clean & jerk, 413kg total.
The best junior lifter in the tournament was Steven Kari (PNG) who clean & jerked 182kg for a new Commonwealth and Oceania Junior record.
The best female lifter went to Ele Opeloge (Samoa) with 275kg total.
The team event for the men went to Australia and the team event for the women went to Papua New Guinea.