Further Personal Information
||Port Moresby, PNG
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||He began weightlifting at a club owned by his uncle in 2004.
|Why this sport?
||He was inspired by his uncle Douglas Mea, who represented Papua New Guinea in the sport.
|Club / Team
||Oceania Weightlifting Institute [OWI]: Nouméa, NCL
|Name of coach
||Paul Coffa [club], AUS
||He trains at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute [OWI] in Noumea, New Caledonia.
|Most influential person in career
||Coach Paul Coffa. (postcourier.com.pg, 27 May 2019)
|Sporting philosophy / motto
||"Be the best." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2014)
|Awards and honours
||In 2019 he was named Male Athlete of the Year at the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee [PNGOC] SP Sports Awards. (postcourier.com.pg, 27 May 2019)
He was Papua New Guinea's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. He performed the same role at the opening ceremony of the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. (pngloop.com, 14 Jul 2014; sportstg.com, 16 Aug 2010)
He was named 2011 Junior Pacific Athlete of the Year by the Pacific Games Council. (sportingpulse.com, 14 Oct 2011)
||After winning gold medals in the 94kg category at both the 2014 and 2018 Commonwealth Games, he became the first athlete from Papua New Guinea from any sport to win two Commonwealth Games gold medals. (SportsDeskOnline, 18 Oct 2018; abc.net.au, 09 Apr 2018; radionz.co.nz, 09 Apr 2018)
||His older sister Rita and his uncle Douglas Mea both competed in weightlifting at international level. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2014; digicelpng.com, 10 Aug 2011)
He runs a weightlifting club in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea. "I want to coach and I want to see a new person rise up to take my place, so my inspiration and challenge are on the young lifters out there." (postcourier.com.pg, 27 May 2019)