2 Mar 2006

Pacific confident of weightlifting medals at Commonwealth Games

9:41 am on 2 March 2006

The General Secretary of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation, Paul Coffa, is in no doubt that Pacific lifters will produce some major upsets at the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne this month.

Mr Coffa says the group of lifters currently under his training are professionals in their own right, with a couple ranked number two in the world and Commonwealth.

He says Niue will likely get their first medal through their female superweightlifter, while he's expecting nothing less than gold from the woman lifter from Papua New Guinea.

"I'll be very disappointed if we don't get a gold medal, from her anything below gold will be very disappointing, there's hope for Tika Tua in the 53 kilogramme class, she's superb, she's sixth at the Olympics, and she's looking forward to Beijing with a possible chance of a medal."

Paul Coffa says Tua's biggest competition will come from a lifter from Canada.