The 2019 Eleiko Email International Club Weightlifting Tournament, organised by the Oceania Weightlifting Federation and sponsored by Eleiko took place from the 26th to the 29th of July, and presented the opportunity for clubs around the world to compete against one another for the chance to earn the title of #1 club in the world!
We saw Pirates Weightlifting club compete for Gauteng, as well as Western Cape Weightlifting club compete for the Western Cape Province, both clubs ultimately representing South Africa.
A total of 27 athletes competed for the Western Province Weightlifting club, while 24 athletes competed for Pirates Weightlifting club.
Western Cape Weightlifting placed 5th strongest male team, while snagging 15th for the women’s team. The Pirates male team ranked the 14th strongest club.
Notable performances for Gauteng athletes include Nathan Morris for the men’s 109kg+ category, coming in at 5th place against 24 other athletes in the division, and Siobhan Crichton coming in at 4th for the ladies 81kg, competing against 14 other athletes in her division.
Overall, South Africa’s strongest athlete was Rueben Burger coming in 2nd place for the 102kg division, with a total of 289kgs.
There is always room for improvement, and we will continue training harder than ever to ensure that we place even higher up the rankings as time goes on.
Well done to all those athletes who participated in the competition and we congratulate the overall winners for the Men’s category, Hanuabada Weightlifting Club (Papua New Guinea) placing 3rd, Papatoetoe Olympic Weightlifting Club (New Zealand) placing 2nd, and Taborio Weightlifting Club (Kiribati) placing 1st.
For the overall winners of the Women’s category, Atlet Pelatnas Club (Indonesia) placed 3rd, Hawthorn Weightlifting Club (Australia) placed 2nd, and Rocks Weightlifting Club (Nauru) placed 1st.
Each of these clubs receives a full Eleiko Olympic Weightlifting equipment set which is a fantastic award!