BY LESLEY FOINAGWA
PACIFIC Games bronze medallist, Brown Ramohaka will again represent the country at the July’s XIV Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa.
Ramohaka has previously represented the Solomon Islands in various sporting events, which include three respective Pacific Games in 2007, 2011 and 2015, Afura Games in 2007, and Commonwealth Games in 2009. Now 31, Ramohaka has returned his place in the Solomon Islands weightlifting team and hope to excel in his fourth stint in the 2019 Pacific Games.
Despite his small physiques, Ramohaka never gave up his ambition and hope to achieve another medal at the upcoming Pacific Games in Apia, Samoa. His previous success story was at the previous Pacific Games held in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea in 2015, Ramohaka won a bronze medal for the country.
Ramohaka said he is very confident with his wealth of experience and hope to demonstrate that confidence in July’s Pacific Games in Samoa.
“Now, am feeling very confident with my preparations and ready to compete against the other top weightlifters in the Pacific region,” he expressed.
Ramohaka will join other ten local weightlifters (six males and four females) to represent Solomon Islands at the weightlifting event in Samoa.
Although in his 30s, Brown from Malaita province said he has been able to seize a lot of opportunities that had come his way, and it is not very easy to reached this far.
“To go that far, you have to be strong and learn how to cope on your own, whilst having instrumental people that let you follow your dreams, and let you do what your heart desires,” he said.
Ramohaka said to discover his own confident has been very tough, but through his strong perseverance, he was able to pursue his dreams.
“Even for myself, it has been really hard at times but at the end of the day, I managed to overcome many of my challenges with the support of my immediate family, therefore, I would like to thank my mum and dad for looking after me well over the years until now.
“They have taught me to progress in life.”
Ramohaka described finance as one of the major challenge for sport athletes in the country.
“I think that finance is one of the hardest things for athletes in the Solomon Islands. But I believe, if respective families of athletes are supporting them in whatever they want to achieve in sports, then they can be successful in the future,” he said.