Notices and News

19th June 2018

Dear OWNZ Members,

The Executive Group and General Manager of OWNZ would like to sincerely apologise to the eight athletes who have been affected by the IWF’s decision of their ineligibility to compete at the 2018 Oceania Weightlifting Championships in Noumea. We regret not providing them with enough time to submit their whereabouts into the ADAMS system in accordance with Article 5.6.5 of the IWF Anti Doping Policy.
The Executive Group and the General Manager take complete responsibility. The IWF has never enforced their deadline criteria before this and unfortunately, this has impacted on our eight athletes plus another 31 entered into the Oceania competition, and more at the very recent Pan American Championships.
Please be assured we are taking all of the necessary measures so that this does not happen again. We will be sending a notification to all OWNZ members that outlines the due dates for whereabouts submissions for each international event remaining on the 2018 calendar and similar deadlines will be published for 2019 international events. An investigation into our selection processes will take place and revised processes will be announced as soon as possible and thereafter be enforced.
We deeply regret that this has happened and we are working with the eight athletes to provide individual compensation.
Once again, we are truly sorry.
Yours sincerely,
The Executive Group & General Manager of OWNZ

New Zealand Team for the 2018 Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Championships

OWNZ is proud to announce the selection of 32 athletes and 7 support staff for the 2018 Oceania Senior, Junior & Youth Championships being held in Noumea, New Caledonia from the 25th – 30th of June!

Please CLICK HERE to view the selections.

Administrator – July 2018 – Full Time

We are looking for a hard-working administrator with a special interest in Weightlifting!

The position assumes overall responsibility for the coordination of staff, volunteers and the day to day operations of Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand, providing support to the Executive Group and developing the business consistent with the OWNZ Strategic Plan and policies approved by the Board.

Job Description: CLICK HERE TO VIEW

Please provide your CV and covering letter, which should include a personal statement of how you envisage your skills benefitting Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand to Emma Pilkington at

Please note the successful applicant will be subject to a police vetting check.

Applications close 4.00pm on Friday 4th May 2018. Interviews will be held in late May/early June.

Do you want to give Weightlifting a try but not sure where to start?
Our Affiliated Clubs have experienced Coaches to ensure you are taught weightlifting movements safely and correctly. Weightlifting is suitable for all ages, body sizes and capability, you just have to be willing to put in the work!
Contact an Affiliated Club in your area and they will help you get started…
2018 OWNZ Club Map

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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!