Cikamatana to attend Oceania weightlifting program

FIFTEEN-year-old Eileen Cikamatana has been selected to attend the Oceania Talent Identification Program (OTIP) from January 12 to 19.

The program, which is a specialist training camp, will be held at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia.

Cikamatana, who is a student at the St Johns College, was selected after successfully competing in the Clean and Jerk Challenge.

Weightlifting Fiji secretary Chris Yee said more than 100 students from six schools in the country took part in the 2014 Oceania Talent Identification Program —— Discovering Talent!

"The OTIP program was implemented by the OWF (Oceania Weightlifting Federation) three years ago to identify talented students throughout the schools of the Oceania region, and in particular the Pacific Island nations," Yee said in a statement.

"The program has grown each year and it has seen many of these students who have participated in the OTIP program competing in the Oceania Championships, Olympic Youth Qualification, Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the recent Olympic Youth Games in Nanjing.

"This is truly amazing in that in such a short time the national federations have been able to tap in on the work that they have done at the school level producing the next generation of champion weightlifters."

Cikamatana, who leaves the country for the program tomorrow (Monday), will be training under the watchful eyes of institute coach Paul Coffa alongside Apolonia Vaivai, a fellow Fiji athlete at the institute.

She first represented Fiji in the 2014 Oceania Weightlifting Championships winning a silver medal in the Youth 63kg weight category.

Rashneel Kumar
Sunday, January 11, 2015.


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