On behalf of the sporting fraternity, the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) pays tribute to former national Fiji Weightlifter and 2010 Sports Hall of Fame Inductee Vilitati Qumivutia.
Vilitati Qumivutia, is Fiji’s foremost weightlifter as the very first athlete to ever represent Fiji at an International weightlifting competition. In 1962 he competed in the 7th British Empire & Commonwealth Games, held in Perth, Australia where he was placed 4th in the 110 kg category with a combined lift of 735 lbs.
His participation in Perth was only able to take place with the formation of a Weightlifting Association in Fiji, which Vilitati had a key role in establishing.
Despite weightlifting not held at the inaugural 1963 South Pacific Games, in Suva, Vilitati continued with his personal passion, and went on to win Gold at the 1966 South Pacific Games, in Noumea, New Caledonia (347.5kg), another Gold at the 1969 SPG in Papua New Guinea (365kg) and a Silver medal at the 1971 SPG in Tahiti (367kg).
His prowess, earned him the 1966 FASA Sportsman of the Year, 1966 South Pacific Games Fiji Team captain and flag bearer at the 1969 South Pacific Games.
Vilitati held National Records for well over 10 years, until the event was redesigned from three types of lifts to the current Snatch and Clean & Jerk only. If not for this change, he would still continue to this day to hold the National Record in his weight category.
Vilitati has continued to be a household name for over 50 years, having also started the sport of Powerlifting, at the YMCA Club.
His last official duty in Weightlifting was Manager of the Fiji Weightlifting Team at the 2003 South Pacific Games in Suva. Vilitati continued his interest in the sport of Weightlifting and was seen just about every day at the 2016 Oceania Weightlifting Championships hosted by Fiji.
For his great achievements in the sport of Weightlifting, FASANOC was proud to induct Vilitati Qumivutia into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame in 2010.
May he Rest In Peace.
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