Notices and News

Dear OWNZ Members,

The results of the 2016 ZKC Email International Club Tournament have been released.  The tournament was once again a great success with 619 lifters competing and OWNZ would like to thank the work that Paul Coffa from the Oceania Weightlifting Federation has completed and the Managing Director of ZKC,  Mr. Zhang Zhiguo for sponsoring this very successful annual event each year. Also to the IWF for supporting the tournament.

There were excellent results from OWNZ lifters around New Zealand.


  • David Liti 105kg+ (David also had the heaviest Snatch and Clean & Jerk in the tournament)


  • Cameron McTaggart 77kg
  • Vernon Taylor 105kg
  • Emma Wright 75kg


  • Anthony Taylor 69kg
  • Andy Barakauskas 105kg+
  • Jess Limbrick 75kg+

Plus a good number of top 10 places from the Kiwi lifters!

Please click the links below for results:

Team Points Results click HERE

Final Results (Men & Women) click HERE

Tournament Information from Paul Coffa click HERE

Dear OWNZ Members and supporters,
On behalf of the OWNZ Executive Board I am delighted to formally announce that the NZ Olympic Committee (NZOC) has selected Adam Storey as head coach and Jacob Lawgun as assistant coach for weightlifting in the 2016 NZ Olympic Team.

We are confident that Adam and Jacob will ensure that Richie Patterson and Tracey Lambrechs reach their full performance potential at the Rio Olympic Games. Richie competes in the 85kg mens class on the 12th of August and Tracey competes in the 75kg+ class on the 14th of August.

The OWNZ Executive Group would like to sincerely thank the NZOC for their hard work and support of our athletes and coaches in the lead up to this Olympic Games.

Kind Regards,

Emma Pilkington
General Manager

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NZOC Media Release
28 June 2016

Patterson and Lambrechs lock in Olympic selection

The New Zealand Olympic Committee today confirmed the two weightlifters selected for the 2016 New Zealand Olympic Team for Rio, bringing the total team size to 111 athletes selected.Following on from his gold medal winning performance at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games, Richie Patterson has secured his spot to lift in the men’s 85kg division for Rio.

Joining him in the team will be Tracey Lambrechs who, having claimed a bronze medal at Glasgow 2014, has continued to raise the bar over the past two years and in doing so secured her spot to compete in the women’s +75kg division.

It has been 16 years since New Zealand last selected a male and female weightlifter for a games, with the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games the only other time this has occurred. In Sydney, Nigel Avery and Olivia Baker competed for New Zealand. This was also the first time women’s weightlifting was introduced to the Olympic programme.

With Patterson confirmed for his third Olympic Games, he joins the great Don Oliver in being the only New Zealand weightlifter to be selected for three Olympic Games.

“I’m feeling very excited to once again be back on the Olympic Platform, it is the pinnacle honour in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting to compete at the Olympic Games.

“Not only do I get to show my ability and compete against the best in the world, it is also a chance to represent the wider New Zealand sporting community in the New Zealand Olympic Team,” said Patterson.

“I look forward to exceeding my own expectations and to provide inspiration for generations to come.”

Selection into the team for Rio signals a first Olympic call up and a dream come true for Lambrechs, having narrowly missed selection for the London 2012 Games four years ago.

“I’m feeling a mixture of relief, happiness and pride,” she said.

“I’m excited about the opportunity to do what I love on one of the worlds biggest sporting stages.“

New Zealand Olympic Committee CEO Kereyn Smith was on hand to congratulate the athletes as their selections were confirmed in Auckland this morning, commending both athletes on their significant acheivement.

“Tracey and Richie have worked extremely hard to achieve selection and, with their strong depth of experience in the sport, it’s encouraging to see these athletes rewarded for their hard work,” she said.

“I know they are well respected by, and an inspiration to, young New Zealand weightlifters right across the country and we to look forward to being inspired by their efforts in Rio this August.”

President of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand Mike Reid also acknowledged the efforts of both athletes in recent years and said two Olympic selections signaled a great step forward for the sport in New Zealand.

“It has been excellent to see a positive mindset shift towards our sport in recent times, with our development and age group teams swelling in size and lifting performance standards.

“Richie and Tracey have both worked hard to gain selection for Rio and the entire teams’ effort in Fiji at the recent Oceania qualifying event was pleasing,” he said.

“We wish both athletes well for the Games and look forward to what looks to be a bright future for weightlifting in New Zealand.”

The weightlifting will take place at the Rio Centro complex over 10 days at the games, with lifting scheduled from 7-14 August (with no competition on 15 August).

The men will compete in eight events based on athlete weight categories, from under 56kg to the super-heavyweights at over 105kg. Women compete for seven gold medals, from under 48kg to over 75kg.

Each weight category is an event and all competitions are finals.

Richie Patterson will compete on August 12 (August 13 NZT) and Tracey Lambrechs on August 14 (August 15 NZT).

For more information contact:Ashley Abbott
Public Affairs and Communications Director
New Zealand Olympic Committee
+64 21 552 021

Emma Pilkington
General Manager
Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand
+64 27 303 9434

24th June, 2016

2016 Rio Olympic Games – Public Announcement Invitation

The New Zealand Olympic Committee together with Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand will announce the athletes selected into the New Zealand Team for the Rio Olympic Games in Auckland on Tuesday 28 June at 0900.

The public announcement will take place at Functional Strength HQ, 7A Piermark Drive, Rosedale.

Following the 9.00am announcement there will be opportunities for one-on-one interviews followed by a short lifting demonstration from the athletes.

OWNZ would like to invite and welcome all members involved in the weightlifting community to attend this special announcement! 

For more information contact:

Ashley Abbott
Public Affairs and Communications Director
New Zealand Olympic Committee
+64 21 552 021

Emma Pilkington
General Manager
Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand
+64 27 303 9434

Call for Expressions of Interest for ATHLETES & COACHES targeting the following International Events

2016 Commonwealth Championships – Penang, Malaysia (20 – 25th October)
2016 Youth World Championships – Penang, Malaysia (25 – 29th October)
2016 World University Games – Merida, Mexico (13 – 17th November)

Please remember that you must have either hit the qualification standard or be close to qualifying within the qualification period to express interest in attending any of these international events.

Qualification standards and time periods can be found on our website HERE.

Please send EOI to by the end of June. 

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Congratulations to our 10 athletes that competed in the 2016 Olitek Oceania Championships and Pacific Rim Tournament in Hobart, Tasmania over the weekend. 

Our masters athletes continue to win multiple medals on the international stage! The NZ Weightlifting community is extremely proud of the performance from the following 10 masters athletes that represented NZ at this event.

Official results are to be released but here is a quick recap of how they did:

Odette Smith (Under 53kg in the 35 – 39 age category)

  • 56kg Snatch (NZ record)
  • Gold in Oceania Championships
  • Gold in Pacific Rim Tournament

Neroli King (Under 69kg in the 50 – 54 age category)

  • Gold in Oceania Championships
  • Silver in Pacific Rim Tournament

Nicolette Crews (75kg+ in the 45- 49 age category)

  • 56kg Snatch (NZ Record) 76kg C&J (NZ Record) 132kg Total (NZ Record)
  • Gold in Oceania Championships
  • Gold in Pacific Rim Tournament

Mihi Nemani  (Under 75kg in the 45 – 49 age category) 

  • 56kg Snatch (NZ Record), 73kg C&J (NZ Record) & 129kg Total (NZ Record)
  • Gold in Oceania Championships
  • Gold in Pacific Rim Tournament

Paule Poulin (Under 69kg in the 45 – 49 age category)

  • 53kg Snatch, 74kg C&J, 127kg Total
  • Gold in Pacific Rim Tournament (representing Canada but still a proud Kiwi!)

Tracey Kai (Under 58kg in the 40 – 44 age category)

  • 42kg Snatch, 54kg C&J, 96kg Total
  • Bronze in the Oceania Championships
  • Bronze in Pacific Rim Tournament (just missed out on Silver by bodyweight!)

Jessica Greenland (Under 69kg in the 35 – 39 age category)

  • Bronze in the Oceania Championships
  • Bronze in Pacific Rim Tournament

Nicole Kumerich (Under 58kg in the 40 – 44 age category)

  • Snatch 64kg (NZ Record) & Total 132kg (NZ Record)
  • Gold in Oceania Championships
  • Gold in Pacific Rim Tournament

Ietitaia Taulealo (Under 94kg in the 35 – 39 years age category) 

  • 95kg Snatch, 142kg Clean & Jerk (NZ Record), 237kg Total
  • Silver in Oceania Championships
  • Silver in Pacific Rim Tournament

Danny Nemani (105kg+ in the 35 – 39 age category) 

  • 145kg Snatch (NZ Record) & 321kg Total (NZ Record)
  • Gold in Oceania Championships
  • Gold in Pacific Rim Tournament

Well done athletes!

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