OPELOGE Mary < Back  
Sport Weightlifting
CGA Samoa   
Gender Women
Born 24 Jan 1992
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Further Personal Information
Occupation Athlete
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She began weightlifting in 2007.
Why this sport? Weightlifting is a family tradition. Five members of her family have competed at the Commonwealth Games in the sport. "My older brother started weightlifting, then my sister and my other brother and so I followed the same. I come from a family that is well known because of this sport and as I grew up I wanted to continue the legacy."
Name of coach Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork [national]
Training Regime She trains twice a day, six days a week.
General Interest
Injuries In May 2016 she won gold at the 2016 Oceania Championships in Suva, Fiji, despite carrying a knee injury. (fijitimes.com, 28 May 2016)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Train hard and keep focused every day in every section of training". (radioaustralia.net.au, 04 Apr 2014)
Famous relatives She is one of five siblings who have competed in weightlifting at international level. Her brother Niusila and her sister Ele both won gold medals at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Her other brothers Tovia and Petunu were selected to compete in the sport at the 2014 Games in Glasgow, Scotland. (talamua.com, 03 Jul 2014; nzherald.co.nz, 12 Oct 2010)