By HUXLEY LOVAI
Team NCD weightlifting coach Gavera Morea wants his team of young and talented lifters to remain focused and disciplined if they wish to excel in the sport.
Team NCD put on an impressive performance during the recent PNG Games held in Kimbe, West New Britain.
The team of 13 made up of eight male and five female lifters came away with 28 medals, six of them gold.
Morea told The National that there were potential national representatives within his team and it would not be long before they started to make their mark on the international arena.
Morea’s immediate concern will be preparing his lifters for upcoming events that will provide them with the opportunity to prove themselves on the international stage. “The next major event to look forward to for this group of young lifters is the Oceania senior, junior and youth championships in the Gold Coast, Australia, from Sept 3-9 next year with the ages ranging from 13 to 17 for juniors, 18 to 20 for the youth and 21 years-plus for the open category.
“Hopefully, some of our Team NCD lifters will be included to represent Papua New Guinea,” Morea said.
“With the Arafura Games set to return in 2019, that competition will be one of the stepping stones to expose and improve the competitiveness of the young lifters.”
Team NCD’s triple gold medallists Frank Vairo in the men’s 77kg and Bernadette Igo in the women’s 75kg division will be the names to look out for in the coming years as they compete for places in the national weightlifting teams.
By HUXLEY LOVAI