Weightlifting Fiji honoured at national Sports Awards

Weightlifting Fiji earned the Sports Organisation of the Year award ©Weightlifting Fiji

Weightlifting Fiji was called the winner of the Sports Organisation of the Year honour in the Fiji Sports Awards.

The award was among 11 awards to be handed out in the event, that happened in the Vodafone Arena.

A partnership between the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee, Fiji Sports Council along with the Fiji National Sports Commission are supporting the awards, which were first launched in 2011.

The national governing body had been honoured on the evening, together with three further awards also handed to people associated with weightlifting.

Fiji Weightlifting treasurer Sikeli Tuinamuana is named as Administrator of the Year, while Adi Nacola procured the Photograph of the Year trophy.

Sitiveni Timi was also declared as the winner of the Young Male Athlete of the Year honour.

Weightlifter Manueli Tulo was one of nine nominees for Sportsman of the Year, following a remarkable series of performances.

He won gold in the men’s 56 kilogram class in the 2016 Australian Open Weightlifting Championships, achieving a winning amount of 242kg.

Tulo subsequently won gold at the Oceania Championships, lifting a total of 231kg.

Manueli Tulo missed out on the Sportsman of the Year award ©Getty Images
Manueli Tulo missed out to the Sportsman of the Year award ©Getty Images

The weightlifter, who finished 13th in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, claimed he deserved to be one of the nominees.

“For me personally I got to be nominated after everything I have done for the country last year,” he told the Fiji Sun.

“And also to be nominated again at the Sportsman of the Year category is a boon for me.

“Last year each time that I participate in contest I make certain to be good ambassador for your country and doing the country proud in my event.”

Tulo would lose out on the award with soccer star Osea Kolinisau crowned as the winner, while dining table tennis’ Mere Rodan won the women’s trophy.