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From a humble gym under the breadfruit trees in Funafuti to an international stage in Auckland, New Zealand, Tuvalu’s Powerlifting team clearly proved that scarce facilities and determination can achieve miracles.
The team which comprised six lifters won a total of 31 medals, 14 of which were gold medals. Led by Nakibae Kitiseni, the team also included Ioane Haumili, Telupe Iosefa, and the three female competitors, Asenate Manoa, Kaie Luenita and Susie Tulimanu.
Most of the lifters are new-comers to the sport, while two of them changed sports. Asenate Manoa used to rule the tracks in the sprint events like 100, 200 and 400 metre races.
Ioane Haumili represented Tuvalu in weightlifting, after a stint with the Oceania Weightlifting Academy in New Caledonia.
This is the first time for a Tuvalu team to achieve so many gold medals in any international meet.
The team is on its way to Tuvalu and Fenui understands a big welcome and celebration awaits them.
SOURCE: FENUI NEWS/PACNEWS
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