Young Samoan weightlifting stars shine in Mayalsia

Young Samoan weightlifting star Iuniarra Sipaia winning Gold by 15 kgs ahead of everyone else in her division

A young Samoan weightlifting team have won a Gold and Bronze in the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championships that ended today in Penang, Malaysia.

Speaking from Penang, Samoa Weightlifting President Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork says “We had a new young team representing Samoa, and they have replied with 1 Gold medal & 1 Bronze medal.  We only brought a small team because of the cost factor.”

Winning Gold in the women’s 75+kg division, Iuniarra Sipaia was outstanding and produced a perfect performance with 6 out 6 attempts all successful.

“She dominated the division and was ahead by 15kg from everyone else in the division.  She has great potential to win a medal or Gold medal at the upcoming 2018 Commonwealth Games in Brisbane,” says Tuaopepe.

Don Opeloge continues the Opeloge family legacy by winning bronze in the  Mens 85kg Division.

17 year old Don Opeloge winning Bronze for Samoa

17 year old Don Opeloge (white & blue) winning Bronze for Samoa

“Don is only 17 years old and also performed well with a personal best total. He will be the future for Samoa Weightlifting in the next 2 years,” says Tuaopepe.

“He has improved greatly in 12 months. And at 17 years old he is now challenging some of the best seniors within the Commonwealth Weightlifting 85kg mens division today.”

The team is now making their way back home.