Further Personal Information
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
|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)
||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)
||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)
||TYPHOID, CHICKEN POX THREATEN OLYMPICS
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)