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Sport Weightlifting
CGA Samoa   
Gender Women
Born 11 Jul 1985 in Apia, WSM
Height1.75 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Residence Samoa
Sport Specific Information
Why this sport? Weightlifting is a family tradition. Five members of her family competed at the Commonwealth Games in the sport.
Name of coach Tauoepepe Jerry Wallwork
General Interest
Sporting philosophy / motto "When I go to lift I think, 'I'm strong.' My mind says, 'I think I can do it.' If my mind is strong then I'm good and my lift should be good." (nzherald.co.nz, 12 Oct 2010)
Awards and honours Her and her brother Niusila won Samoa's first ever Commonwealth Games gold medals, on the same day, at the 2010 edition in India. (nzherald.co.nz, 12 Oct 2010)
Famous relatives She is one of five siblings who have competed in weightlifting at international level. Her brother Niusila also represents Samoa in weightlifting and they both won a gold medal each at the 2010 Commonwealth Games - on the same day. Another brother, Tovia, also competed at the 2010 Commonwealth Games, while another brother Petunu and sister Mary have also competed internationally. (nzherald.co.nz, 12 Oct 2010)
Ambitions After missing out on a bronze medal at the 2008 Olympic Games by 1kg, she wants to win a medal at London 2012. (talamua.com, 10 Jun 2012)
Her preparation for the 2012 Olympic Games suffered a setback when she was diagnosed with chicken pox in early July. This followed from her March diagnosis of Typhoid, which she contracted while competing at a national competition. (rnzi.com, 16 July 2012)