Fijians Motivated To Do More


PRESIDENT of Weightlifting Fiji, Della Shaw-Elder was emotional and excited as she received the 50th Anniversary Independence Medal from Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the State House.

“I was actually overwhelmed, emotional and excited at the same time,” Ms Shaw-Elder said.

“The years of contribution and to see the development of the sport in Fiji, this reward gives me the satisfaction to continue to want to do more.”

Ms Elder-Shaw was an athlete, coach, an administrator, an international technical official before becoming the president of Weightlifting Fiji.

“Now I am not only wearing the hat of Weightlifting Fiji but also that of the only female sitting on the board in the Commonwealth of Weightlifting Committee.”

“As I have gone through the ropes to gain experience, it has given me the push to take Weightlifting Fiji to go to the next level from where we are right now.”

She said the next aim for Weightlifting Fiji is to win gold at the World Championships and the Olympics.

“We are trying to make awareness of weightlifting reach the far corners of Fiji and that is what I would love to see, to ensure that all the talents are identified for Fiji.”

“I would love to see athletes who come through to win medals for Fiji and don the Fiji colours and feel the same pride and joy I felt.”