Proud Grandma Cheers on her 7-Gold Medal World Champ


13 July 2019 Pacific Games Apia Samoa. 18 year old Junior World Champion Don Opeloge has won 7 gold medals in the 4-in-1 International Weightlifting Championships.

Don’s grandmother Lesila Opeloge was his number one supporter seen amongst the crowd at Gym 1 Tuanaimato yesterday, cheering on her grandson.

“We are very proud of Don. He is a good boy who works very hard. We are very grateful to Tuaopepe Jerry for coaching him and for everything he does for our children;

“We give all the thanks and praise back to God.”

“E faafoi le Viiga ma le Faafetai i Le Atua.”

President of the SWA Samoa Weightlifting Federation is the man behind the international success of Samoa in weightlifting.

Don with Coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork

For the Pacific Games Don has added to Samoa’s medal tally with three Gold medals for lifts in the snatch, clean & jerk and Gold for the overall.

He has also securer two Gold medals in the Oceania and two Gold medals in the Commonwealth competitions.

Don Opeloge wrote himself into the history books as the first ever medal winner for Samoa at an International Weightlifting Federation (IWF) World Championships, in Fiji last month.

Nephew to national weightlifting icons Ele, Mary and Niusila Opeloge, he ontinues the family legacy lifting his personal best at the Junior World Champs.

“Don lifted 198kg to win the Clean n Jerk and then totaled 349 to win the overall total for Snatch n Jerk”, Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork had said at the time.

Weightlifting continues into its final day today at Gym 1 Tuanaimato.