Since the Oceania Weightlifting Championships held in Suva in early May, a lot of enthusiastic youngsters have taken up the sport of weightlifting in Levuka.  In January 2010 the Levuka Weightlifting Club (which changed its name to Ovalau Weightlifting Club recently) had only 20 athletes but the interest has grown since the team has gone home with their wins from the Championships.  We now have over 50 entries from Levuka for the Fiji Games.  Hidden in the hills of the Korovou Settlement, Baba, Levuka is the gym that was built by the athletes and their families under the leadership of Peniasi Taqua. The team is currently coached by Josefa Vueti who has completed and received a Weightlifting Coaching Diploma and Peniasi Taqua a Fiji Rep and school teacher at Marist Convent School.  The athletes are primary and secondary school students and young adults.  This is a boost for Levuka as we take Weightlifting to the Old Capital and make it the number one sport.  We will also select our athletes to the Singapore Youth Olympic Games which will e held in Singapore in August this year.  This is also a trial for our squad to the 2011 Pacific Games in New Caledonia where we intend to send 8 Male and 7 Female weightlifters to represent Fiji. Our female champion, Maria Liku is also training under the guidance of Josefa Vueti who will lift her performance from what she competed in at the Oceania Championships. The people of Levuka have also set up a committee to assist Weightlifting Fiji at the 2010 Fiji Games. 

Suva will also be sending a strong team to Levuka for the Fiji Games. 


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