Weightlifter Stan Donga Motivated By His Father’s Passion for Weightlifting


BY JOHN HOUANIHAU

STAN Eddie Donga, who took up weightlifting in 2018, four years ago, and is now ready to compete at next year’s 2023 Pacific Games said his father has been the biggest inspiration in his career.

He said that his dad was behind him fully since the time he decided to take up weightlifting. 

“My dad was a weightlifter and has represented the Solomon Islands in previous South Pacific Games so he has shared all his experience of being a sportsperson with me.

“It was my dad who inspired and motivated me to take up weightlifting as a sport; after all he was also my coach who makes sure I don’t give up at the end of the day,” the 24-year-old said.

The young weightlifter represented the country in two previous regional sporting events, winning two silver medals at this year’s Mini Pacific Games in Northern Marianas, and has trusted his wealth of experience and confidence to earn more medals at next year’s Pacific Games in Honiara.

“I represented the Solomon Islands as a weightlifter in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa and the recent 2022 Mini Pacific Games at Northern Marianas.

“For now I am very excited to be selected in the weightlifting squad to represent the Solomon Islands in the upcoming Pacific Games in Honiara.

“Now I am focusing more on my pulls, and cleans in my scheduled weight training,” he told RAW SPORTS.


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