Fantastic Performance by Samoa’s Junior Weightlifters at NZ Invitational School Championships

"It was a fantastic effort and excellent results with all lifters achieving Personal Bests"


20 May 2024 Auckland New Zealand. Samoa’s first ever National Junior Weightlifting Team put on an absolutely fantastic performance at the New Zealand Invitational School Championship competition held in Auckland over the weekend.

Coach Ele Opeloge and Samoa’s Junior Weightlifters at the National Bank of Samoa ahead of their departure for Auckland, NZ.

Speaking to Samoa Global News, President of the Samoa Weightlifting Federation and Samoa Order of Merit awardee, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork said every lifter achieved personal bests at the NZ School Championship event.

They team is coached by the first Samoan to ever win an Olympic medal, Ele Opeloge, who won silver in the women’s +75 kg category at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Samoa’s first ever National School Weightlifting Team’s final results saw 7 winners and one lifter achieving a personal best to finish second.

Visiting Papalii Sam Swann and the team at the National Bank of Samoa – the name behind Samoa’s Weightlifting Team.

1) Marina Enoka WINNER Women’s 64kg
14 year old Marina Enoka won the 64kg Women’s division. Marina has only been lifting for 10 months.

2) Falevaa Tafi WINNER Mens 67kg

17 year old Falevaa Tafi dominated the Mens 67kg with a Personal Best Snatch of 97kg.

3) Faitasia Seuao WINNER Mens 73kg

15 year old Faitasia Seuao Wins the 73kg Mens division, achieving a Personal Best in all his lifts. Faitasia only took up the sport 11 months ago and President Tuaopepe says he has a promising future in the sport.

4) Sione Sasa WINNER Mens 81kg

After lifting for just 10 months, 17 year old Sione Sasa put on an impressive performance to win the 81kg Mens division with a 115kg Personal Best Snatch.

5) Niusila Opeloge Jnr WINNER Mens 81kg Under 15 division.

6) Tovio Ah Chong WINNER Mens 89kg
17 year old Tovio Ah Chong set a NEW OCEANIA RECORD with a 165kg Clean + Jerk. The lift was also his personal best.

7) Emmanuel Ah Chong
WINNER Mens 96kg

8) Fomai Faimanifo
SECOND Mens 102+kg

The Samoa Weightlifting Federation President congratulated the Coaches and Management for bringing out the best in the junior lifters.

“Great job by the Coach and Managers,” said Tuaopepe. “It was a fantastic effort and excellent overall results from this first ever Junior Lifting Team.”


Ele Opeloge – Coach

Ola Salimu Lui – Manager

Tuuamalii Hiti Opeloge – Asst Manager