Call for expansion of Samoa's financial incentive

TV1Samoa reports Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork made the call after Team Samoa returned this week from the Pacific Mini Games in Saipan.

The weightlifters returned with six gold and three silver taking the Team Samoa tally to 21, with eight golds, five silver, and eight bronze medals.

The previous government had introduced financial incentives for sports people to win gold at the Commonwealth and Olympics Games.

The scheme is still in place but Tuaopepe would like to see it made available to regional competitions as well.

Samoa bags more medals in weightlifting

The team has added another two medals to their medal tally.

Lesila Fiapule won gold in the Snatch in the Women’s 87+kg category.

Her teammate, 15 year old Imoasina Pelenato won bronze in the same category.

With the latest results, Samoa now has 5 gold, 1 silver and 5 bronze in the overall medal tally. 


Samoa’s Opeloge family shines in weightlifting

Fauustina Opeloge has scooped 3 gold medals in the 81kg category.

 The 17-year-old won gold for the Oceania Senior Championships, and set three new Oceania Youth Records.

The sport is nothing new to the youngster, as she is the daughter of Samoa’s Commonwealth Games gold medalist champion lifter, Tupuola Niusila Opeloge.

Also making a name for herself is Faustina’s cousin, Avatu Opeloge, who won three bronze medals in Women’s 76kg category.

Samoa now climbs up the overall medal tally to eighth place with 4 gold, 1 silver and 4 bronze.


Meet the Opeloges: Samoa's first family of weightlifting

It all started in 1999 when eldest brother Niusila Opeloge took up weightlifting. Three years later he was a Commonwealth Games bronze medallist.

Ele Opeloge followed in the footsteps of her brother and in 2010 the siblings made history by winning gold medals on the same day at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

10 of the 12 Opeloge siblings have gone on to represent Samoa in international weightlifting competitions and Ele said the sport was very much a family affair.

"This talent (comes) from God," she explained.

Samoa weightlifters win Oceania League Cup Tournament

The Samoan weightlifters had great performances throughout the nine rounds and won every single match.

Australia had a very consistent team that won eight of the nine rounds and came in second. 

In third place was New Zealand, another consistent team right throughout the tournaments winning seven of the nine rounds.    

The tournament ran for nine months virtuallly due to travel restrictions associated with the global Covid-19 pandemic.

A total of 140 weightlifters from the Oceania region participated.

The prizes won by the countries are as follows:•

Tuitupou creates biggest upset to win two gold medals for Tonga

He caused the biggest upset after beating 2018 Commonwealth Games gold medalist David Liti from New Zealand and silver medalist Lauititi Lui (Samoa) to win two golds for Tonga in the highest division (Over 109kg) of the weightlifting competition.

The 25-year-old won Gold in the Clean and Jerk category and the Overall category, and a Bronze medal in the Snatch category.

 Tuitupou and fellow underdog Malachi Fa'amausilifala (Samoa) took full advantage of failed lift attempts by the favourites David Liti and Lauititi Lui.

Samoan lifter Leotina Petelo reigns with 7 gold medals

Petelo won 3 gold in the Pacific Games Women’s 81kg category, Oceania Juniors, Oceania Women’s 81kg A and the Commonwealth Juniors and 81kg A category.

The silver medals went to Papua New Guinea and Nauru won bronze.


Photo Samoa Weightlifting Federation. Caption: Golden girl Leotina Petelo (2nd from right) with Deputy Head of State, Honorable Le Mamea Ropati.



Samoa’s Jack Opeloge hauls in six medals

The gold medals were collected in the 81kg men’s category, Oceania Junior and Commonwealth Junior.

Opeloge, 18, also set a new Oceania record.

He won two silver medals including one for the Oceania Senior Division.

Opeloge won a bronze in the 81kg Clean & Jerk event.

Other Samoan champion lifters Leotina Petelo, Loto Pereira and Don Opeloge are also competing today.


Photo Samoa Weighlifting Federation Caption: Samoa's Golden Boy, Jack Opeloge with the Deputy Head of State of Samoa, Honourable Le Mamea Ropati


NZ win first gold medals at Pacific Games

The Auckland teenager snatched 94kg and clean and jerked 112kg for a 206kg total, to win all three gold medals in the women's 76kg division.

It really does mean a lot because it just shows that all my hard work is paying off, at the end of the day, and I'm just very pleased with myself and all of my team members."

Gold and silver for Samoan weightlifter Sekolasitika Isaia

Eighteen-year old Sekolasitika Isaia took out the gold medal in the Women/Juniors 59kg Group A category in the Oceania Competition Wednesday.

Isaia also won silver in the same category for the Commonwealth Competition also underway on Apia.

India won gold in the Commonwealth event.

Isaia previously won 2 silver medals at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in 2017 and a bronze medal at the Oceania meet in New Caledonia in 2018.


Photo Samoa Weightlifting Fed. Caption:  Samoa's Sekolasitika Isaia (left) waiting to receive her medal.