Levuka lad lifts bronze, eyes Pacific Games
LEVUKA lad Bill Andrews lifted a total weight of 185 kilograms in the junior category of the South Pacific Weightlifting Champion-ships to win a bronze medal in the 62kg category yesterday.
Andrews said competition was stiff but he knew that he had to perform to the best of his abilities to get a medal for the country.
The 18-year-old successfully secured 105kg in the clean and jerk and 80kg in the snatch disciplines.
He was disappointed at not reaching his personal best of 115kg in the clean and jerk and 90kg in the snatch.
He was beaten by Samoa's Bob Pasaleli, who lifted a total weight of 190kg.
Pasaleli hauled a weight of 80kg in the snatch and 110 in the clean and jerk for a silver medal win.
Palau's Stevick Patris secured the gold medal with a 95kg snatch and 115kg clean and jerk, giving him a total of 210kg.
Andrews was part of the Levuka squad that has been training for months in for the championship.
This is Andrews' second time to participate in a regional games. Last year, he represented Fiji at the Pacific Mini Games.
"I am very happy because I did my best and my hard work has paid off.
"This medal is dedicated to my parents and coach for the help in training me," said Andrews.
National coach Della Shaw was impressed with his performance.