During the 2023 Pacific Games, the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), and Her Excellency Mrs Linda Hurley were honoured to meet Solomon Islands’ ‘Iron Lady’ Jenly Wini (Centre) after she won her country’s first gold medal for the Games.’ Photo Credit @ Australian High Commission, Solomon Islands
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SOLOMON Islands gold medal weightlifting champ Jenly Wini would like to thank the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands for fully sponsoring her travel for the upcoming ‘Oceania Weightlifting Championships’ in Auckland, New Zealand.

Ms Wini- dubbed the ‘Iron Lady’- is grateful that the Australian High Commission in Solomon Islands and its High Commissioner, His Excellency Rod Hilton, reached out to her and offered to sponsor her.

Australian High Commissioner Rod Hilton said, “Australia and Solomon Islands have a close and enduring friendship and a shared passion for sport. We were all in awe of Jenly Wini’s gold medal performance at the 2023 Pacific Games, and are proud to support her participation in the Oceania Weightlifting Championships.

Australia’s support for elite athletes like Jenly is matched by our ‘sport for development’ partnership with Solomon Islands grassroots organisations to develop the next generation of local sports stars. Good luck, Jenly!”

Jenly Wini said this is her first time receiving such sponsorship.

Solomon Islands Weightlifting Federation will be sending five of its athletes (four females and one male) to the ‘Oceania Weightlifting Championships for Senior/Junior and Youth’. Two team officials will also travel to New Zealand.

Jenly Wini, and her compatriots in the Solomon Islands Weightlifting Team, will be leaving the country on February 19, transiting in Australia, and arriving in Auckland on February 20.

The Solomon Islands XVII Pacific Games gold medallist will be competing in her current 55kg category on February 21; she looks forward to performing her best and retaining her Oceania title.

“This is the first competition for 2024 and I will do my best,” said Wini.

Ms Wini also takes the opportunity to thank Solomon Islands National Institute of Sport (SINIS) for its training facility and its staff continuously helping her in many ways.

“SINIS High Performance environment is what all athletes need in order to stay fit- physically and mentally- in training preparations,” said Wini.

The ‘Iron Lady’ extends her appreciation to the country’s national Weightlifting Federation and National Sports Council (NSC) for helping their athletes to travel for the upcoming competition.

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