15 year old Maeu Livigisitone wins Samoa’s first ever Gold medal at the Commonwealth Youth Games beating competition from Sri Lanka and New Zealand
By Lagi Keresoma
APIA, SAMOA: THURSDAY 10 SEPTEMBER 2015: Samoa has finally struck gold when 15 year old Maeu Livigisitone won gold in the men’s 85 kg A weightlifting Snatch and Clean & Jerk at the Commonwealth Youth Games today.
The competition which was run together with the 94 kg category saw Samoan lifter Maeu head to head with lifters from Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia and Wales.
In the snatch competition Maeu came 3 with 113 points and 140 in the Clean & Jerk category. His total points at the end was 253, ahead of Sri Lanka 228 and New Zealand 227 overall.
It was an emotional moment for Samoans present especially Her Highness Masiofo Filifilia who congratulated Maeu after the medal ceremony.
Maeu is the youngest of 6 children of Nanai and Valasi Livigisitone of Falelatai and Afiamalu. Valasi said her son’s education finished at Year 8.
“I gave him a hiding when he said he did not want to go to school anymore,” said Valasi. She even tried other ways to encourage Maeu to return to school.
“Maeu apologised and asked for our blessing and allowed him to do what he loves which was weightlifting,” said Ms. Valasi.
Maeu’s parents gave in and allowed Maeu to train after Maeu’s cousins, the Opeloge children pledged their support.
With the golden result today, Maeu’s parents were humbled by their son’s success.
“I never thought he would go this far after seeing the other lifters today,” said Nanai, Maeu’s father.
“We praise God as he has achieved well and it was the reason why he gave up school,” said Maeu’s mother.
The parents hope that this would be a start of a bright future for their son.
The oldest of Maeu’s siblings is 36 years old and according to Valasi, her children have always supported Maeu.
“My husband and I although we love our son, were reluctant to accept that he (Maeu) has dropped out of school for this.”
“If this is my son’s gift from God, then who am I to question it,” said the proud father.
Maeu has done Samoa proud by winning the first gold medal for the Youth Games host.