BY LESLEY FOINAGWA
SOLOMON Islands teenage weightlifter, Philip Masi says he is more confident to compete against other Pacific’s best weightlifters in the upcoming Pacific Games in Honiara after competing at this year’s Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
Masi, 17, has recently made his debut to compete against the world’s best weightlifters in the 55Kg clean and jerk men’s event at this year’s Commonwealth Games.
“My experience at this year’s Commonwealth Games is a bonus for me; especially as I prepare myself for next year’s Pacific Games in Honiara.
“This is my first time to compete against the world’s best and more experience weightlifters; more especially to experience the top-class competition facilities in the world.
“I strongly believe that from my Commonwealth Games experience, it has boosted my mental confidence, and hopes to set new records and win medals for the country in future weightlifting competitions,” Philip Masi told RAW SPORTS.
On a similar note, Masi confirmed that he is now back in the gym to continue with his scheduled training sessions at the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports Complex.
This year, the Solomon Islands-rising weightlifter, Masi proved his worthiness to be selected to compete at this year’s Games after recently snatching 87kg and 105kg in the clean & jerk trial event held last month, July at the Solomon Islands National Institute of Sports Complex, east of Honiara.