Notices and News

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

Screen Shot 2018-03-23 at 1.33.26 pm

 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…

Screen Shot 2018-03-22 at 4.16.32 pm

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)

11905398_426613064209173_6725592538271933219_n copy

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!

Screen Shot 2018-02-21 at 11.51.05 am

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