Notices and News

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 Supplement advice from Drug-Free Sport New Zealand

Staying aware of whether you are unknowingly taking banned substances includes knowing what’s in your supplements.
Drug Free Sport will no longer be advising athletes of a risk rating (low, medium, high) of a supplement but instead has increased the amount of information on their website to better enable you to make your own informed decisions.
Previously you have been able to contact them with the name of the supplement you are considering taking and they have been able to give you a risk rating. This will no longer be possible so the key messages are:
1/ no supplement is 100% safe. Batch tested supplements do not provide a guarantee against testing positive. 

2/ supplements can be cross-contaminated by other substances – either in error during manufacturing or deliberately by the company to ensure users get results 

3/ supplements can have inaccurate labeling 

From an anti-doping perspective, all supplements carry an inherent risk for all athletes. The DFSNZ E-Learning tool is a good place to further educate yourself!
CLICK HERE to view more information about Anti-Doping and Weightlifting!

 Megan’s road to Gold Coast has come to an end…

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The NZOC have confirmed that only 12 athletes will be competing in Weightlifting for New Zealand at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

Unfortunately, Megan Signal was unable to meet her conditional selection criteria due to her recovery from knee reconstruction.

Olympic Weightlifting NZ is extremely proud of Megan and her determination throughout this process. She is an extremely talented athlete and demonstrated tremendous courage on her journey back from such a major injury. We believe wholeheartedly that Megan will make a significant impact on the international stage and we look forward to welcoming her into our next New Zealand Team!

28th & 29th April, Auckland


This forum is open to any 2018 Financial Members of OWNZ. To ensure everyone has a good learning experience, we will only accept 20 registrations. Participants ideally already have a competent understanding of the IWF competition rules and protocols.


The aim of this weekend is to provide an opportunity for Coaches around New Zealand to share their weightlifting knowledge and experiences with other coaches.

Day one involves learning how to be strategic when coaching an athlete in a competition. All participants will have the opportunity to apply their learning’s by coaching a youth & junior athlete through a friendly club competition.

Day two involves interactive workshops on various weightlifting topics presented by New Zealand coaches.

1. Read the Coach Forum Information Booklet – CLICK HERE
2. Fill out the registration form – CLICK HERE
3. Make $200 payment to secure your spot (details in registration form)

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Host & date announcement – 2018 North Island Championships

Hosting Club: Bay of Plenty Barbell Club

Event Location: Mount CrossFit, 109 Newton Street, Mount Maunganui

Competition Dates: Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th July

Qualification Period: 01/01/2017 – 24/06/2018

Criteria: Must be a 2018 Financial member of OWNZ and compete in one club competition between the qualification period.

Entry information will be released in May with entries closing on the 26th of June!

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2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games – Support Staff

OWNZ is proud to announce that the support staff assisting our athletes at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games has been named!

Congratulations to the following:

  • Emma Pilkington – Team Manager
  • Simon Kent – High-Performance Director / Coach
  • Jules Dempsey – Coach
  • Jacob Lawgun – Coach
  • Tina Ball – Coach

New Zealand Technical Officials

OWNZ is also proud to confirm that two of our IWF Category One Technical Officials have been selected to officiate at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games!


  • Garry Marshall
  • Keisha Dean Soffe



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OWNZ is proud to sanction the 2018 Auckland Championships/Open and the 2018 Dunedin Meet. Both events are pre-conditions for athletes if they are looking to be selected into upcoming 2018 International Teams.

A big thank you to Olympic Weightlifting Auckland and Otago Weightlifting for hosting these major events!

2018 Auckland Championships/Open

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th March

Entry Details & Form: CLICK HERE

2018 Dunedin Meet

Saturday 3rd March

Entry Details & Form: CLICK HERE

CONTACT – Please direct enquiries to the hosting clubs


2018 Wallet Card for DFS-Cover

Our Drug Free Sport NZ webpage has been updated with 2018 information!!

Please CLICK HERE to view the page that contains the following information:

  • The Anti-Doping Rules
  • The 2018 Prohibited List
  • Medications
  • Supplements
  • Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUE’s)
  • Athlete Whereabouts Programme
  • Drug Test
  • Club Resources & Contact Information

Drug Free Sport NZ have also provided the following resources: