SOLOMON Islands Iron lady and weightlifting champion, Jenly Wini, has recently left the country to compete in the upcoming 2018 Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Noumea, New Caledonia.
The Oceania Weightlifting Championship will be held from the 25 to 30 June.
The 34-year-old is currently the defending champion and gold medallist in the women’s 58 kg weight category at the previous 2017 Oceania Weightlifting Championships.
Wini expressed her confidence to retain her title at the upcoming Oceania Weightlifting Championships this month.
“I have been training very hard over the past two months since I came back from the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia,” she told Raw Sport. “I normally spend 2 hours, usually twice a day to undergo my weight trainings and hoping to do well in the upcoming Championship.
“I want to make the best out of this Oceania Weightlifting Championships and to keep making my country proud,” she told Solomon Women Sports.
She also competed at the 2014 Commonwealth Games, finishing 8th in the women’s 58 kg. A year later, she competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in the women’s 58 kg. She finished in 15th place.
However she made another history for the country after she won a gold medal the 2013 Oceania Championships; the first female weightlifter from the Solomon Islands to do so. This year, she became the first Solomon Islands athlete to win a Commonwealth Games bronze medal, finishing third in the women’s 58 kg weightlifting event on the Gold Coast, Australia.
Wini has competed at the Commonwealth Games for the third time consecutively, and this year had been her finale where she made it a memorable one.
Meanwhile, she admitted the fact that the past two months of intensive training was quite a challenge for her in terms early preparations for the Oceania Weightlifting Championships.
“The conditions of the weights are very poor quality, however I have no options but to continue with my trainings,” Wini said.
Wini is accompanied by 16-year-old female weightlifter, Betty Waneasi, who will represent Solomon Islands in the 2018 Youth Olympic Games in October.
Meanwhile, the Iron lady, Jenly Tegu Wini who made history for the country winning a first ever medal at the 2018 XXI Commonwealth Games says it took her years of patience and dedication to write her name in the history books.
It begins 9 years ago (2009), in a rundown National Sports Council (NSC) building at Kukum, where she embarks on her journey.
“Well for the 9 years I’m in this sport of weightlifting, we have used the rundown blue building ever since I have started, and we never had proper training equipments till today.
“Now I have shown the country that through out these years despite the challenges, it has been paid. I have cried my heart out all these years to have full equipment and a proper gym for my younger athletes.
“Weightlifting girls especially, we bring back medals in every competition and I’m proud of it.
The now 35 year old expressed that her deep virtues towards the sport made her dreams came true.
“I just want to encourage young athletes in every sports, that it takes years to be prepared for what your dream of doing in life. It takes a step by step without quitting what you love.
“So I encouraged the girls to take up my sport of weightlifting,” she previously told Raw Sports.
The 34-year-old has been a double Gold winner at two Pacific Games (Papua New Guinea 2015 and Vanuatu 2017) revealed that she’d ending her career competing in next years 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.
She finished with 189 kg behind Australia’s Tia-Clair Toomey who claimed gold and Canada’s Tali Darsigny with 200 kg.
Solomon Islands have competed in eight Commonwealth Games since 1982.