Wednesday, 11 August 2010

New Zealand announce Commonwealth Games weightlifting contingent

New Zealand announced weightlifting contingent for 2010 Commonwealth Games.

"We're delighted to have put together a team with some real potential. It's the largest Commonwealth team we've fielded since 1990. This is a direct result of continued development in the sport over the past eight years," he said.

Russian-born Stanislav Chalaev has been selected as a member of the weightlifting team to represent New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi this October.

Chalaev, who was earlier this year awarded a $20,000 grant from Cadbury to fund his Commonwealth dream, moved to New Zealand from Russia at age 12 and took up weightlifting to connect with his homeland. Today at 24 years old he was named as member of seven-strong weightlifting team representing his new country.

The team also includes Olympians Mark Spooner and Richard Patterson.

Chalaev finished third in the 2009 Commonwealth Championships and second at the Oceania Championships in 2010. Chalaev, Spooner and Patterson are three of the strongest prospects in the team that also includes some young athletes that have shown significant recent improvements.

"Our youngest team member Lou Guinares is just 19 years old and has increased his lift by a huge 10 percent in the last six months.

He's a young guy with plenty of talent. Cameron Sinclair is another young up and coming athlete and has increased his by lift 5 percent."

It is not just the young weightlifters showing improvement. Kate Howard is heading for her third Commonwealth Games and at 31 years of age has continued to show steady gains.

She represented Wales at Manchester 2002 and Melbourne 2006 and subsequently moved to New Zealand. The other female team member, Tracey Lambrechs, is strong super-heavyweight contender.

56 Kg: Lou Guinares (Auckland)
62 Kg: Cameron Sinclair (Christchurch)
69 Kg: Mark Spooner (Auckland)
85 Kg: Richard Patterson (Auckland)
105 Kg: Stanislav Chalaev (Auckland)

53 Kg: Kate Howard (Auckland)
75 Kg: Tracey Lambrechs (Auckland)


Cadbury NZ said...

We’re so proud of the New Zealand weightlifting team. Stanislav has worked very hard to get where he is and has definitely earned the Cadbury Chocolate Grant. We continue to wish Stanislav and the rest of the team the best of luck and look forward to our Kiwi weightlifters bringing back some gold.

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