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From Fiji Times Online (10 May 2010)

Peters grabs silver medals

COOK Islander Luisa Peters saved the best for last to walk away with two silver medals at the Oceania Weightlifting Championship at Yat Sen Hall.

Participating in the Youth Women 69kg+, Peters was placed second in the South Pacific Weightlifting and Oceania championship behind Samoan Simanu Lumi.

Coach Sam Pera Junior confirmed that Peters was part Rotuman from her father's side.

"We did not expect to win medals since we're competing against the best in the competition," he said.

"For one to participate, he or she needs get more exposure overseas."

The former 2004 Athens Olympic rep said Peters also achieved her personal best lift of 144kg.

With vast experience, Pera said athletes in Europe had an advantage over Oceania athletes.

"They travel by train to places to participate in any major tournaments whereas in the Pacific financial constraint is our main obstacle."

With 16 years as an athlete in the sport, Pera said there was a need to have more competitions in the region.

With a contingent of two athletes Luisa Peters and Sirla Pera Pera said exposing his athletes was his main concern.

"Winning medals makes it more sweeter."