From Fiji Times Online (3 May 2010)
Peters eyes Youth Olympics
by Emoni Narawa
COOK Islands ginger haired weightlifter Luisa Peters is confident of booking her spot at the upcoming Youth Olympics in Singapore next August.
The 16-year old who competed at the Weightlifting Commonwealth Games last year had a Rotuman connection from her paternal grandfather.
Peters will compete in the 75 kg plus in the women's division.
She said she had prepared herself very well for the past six months to compete against the best in the Oceania region.
"I'm very confident of qualifying for the Youth Olympics. It's going to be a dream come true for me and I have no doubt because I have done my part at training at home," Peters confidently said.
"It's not going to be a tough meet but I have nothing to loose because I want to accomplish what I'm here for. Australia and New Zealand athletes will provide a good competition but it's better to be confident in yourself that never."
Peters took up the sport two years ago through the inspiration of her grandma Rosaline Blake Bem.
"My grand mum introduced me to the sport and there was no looking back since I started lifting. I enjoyed it very much because I tend to travel a lot and meet a lot of new friends," she said.
Peters said he would want to visit Rotuma before returning to Cook Islands.
"My father's father is from Rotuma and I am willing to visit my home land before I return to Cook Islands." Fellow teammate Sirla Pera will also be in contention for a medal when the competition starts tomorrow.
She added competing in Fiji where she had family connections could boost her confidence to another level.
From Fiji Times Online (5 May 2010)
Cooks lass to show her class
LOUISA Peters is looking forward to showing her talent in front of her Fijian family when she comes out to take part in this week's Oceania Weightlifting Championship.
Peters, 17, is one of two lifters who will be representing Cook Islands in the four-day event being held in Suva.
Peters said her mother was from Rotuma but she was born and raised in the Cooks. [This statement is erroneous; see commentary below by Louisa's mother]
She said this was her first visit to Fiji and she was looking forward to coming out on stage during the women's competition tomorrow.
"I'm really happy to be here especially as I have some relatives who will be coming to watch me participate," Peters said.
"But while I know I have relatives here I've had no contact with them since arriving in Fiji."
Peters has been participating in the sport for three years and has represented Cook Islands to a number of international competitions.
She said she knew the standard of competition at the Oceania Championship will be tough but she had prepared well and she was looking forward to competing with the best in the region.
Peters said she was hopeful some of her relatives would be there to cheer for her.