Weightlifting and wrestling team up to help Manu Samoa
The President for Weightlifting and Wrestling has confirmed in an interview with Samoa Observer that they will be helping the Manu Samoa sevens team train, two days a week for six months.
"We have taken on training the sevens team for strength and physical toughness. They will be doing weightlifting and wrestling training twice a week. We will do the training and not them," he said.
"We train them and help them free of charge. We do this for the love of sport and for pride and country," he added.
The program will only be for six months, however, they will be reviewing it whether it has helped the team and continue on or they are going to look into other ways to improve the program for the team to move forward.
"It's our strength program, they have asked us many times. So now I've agreed to train them for 6 months and review afterward. We the Weightlifting and Wrestling federations are running the program. We have done this in the past and the Sevens team won the world series. The program was over 3 years," he said.
"After 6 months we will review the program and its results. Then take it another 6 months, so it's 6 months at a time. We have committed ourselves to help the team become strong and have explosive power," Tuaopepe added.
Tuaopepe says their coaches and their team are willing to take on the challenge and devote six months to the training programme.
"We are doing this for free to help our rugby team come up again. The coaches and our team are all involved and volunteering to help the team for 6 months. We will increase to 3 to 4 days session a week after 2 months."
The current schedule is for Manu Samoa to train with the Weighlifters and Wrestlers on Tuesdays.
General Manager for the High-Performance Unit (H.P.U.), Seumanu Douglas Ngau Chun, relayed their gratitude to Tuaopepe and his team for taking on the Manu Samoa 7s training.
"We acknowledge the generous assistance from Tuaopepe Jerry Wallwork and his team in offering weightlifting and wrestling training for our Manu Samoa 7s team. We have limited resources so we have to utilize all the expertise available of our own people to help improve our performance," he said.
"One of the core values of rugby is solidarity and it is evident here in having another Olympic sport sharing their knowledge and skills with us. Our Manu Samoa 7s Management and our Manu 7s Boys are pleased with the training so far and they always look forward to their weightlifting and wrestling training," he added.
The SWA Weightlifting team is also preparing for their last round for the OWL Online competition which is this month on the 19 - 20, against Pacific 2. The SWA Weightlifting team is still undefeated for 8 straight rounds and secured their first place in this OWL online competition last month after their competition with Nauru.
They have an aggregate score of 9429.56kgs, while Australia is second place has an aggregate score of 4094.96kgs.