Hi, I am Benet Kumeroa, I am 17 and I compete in
I have been selected to compete in the Oceania Championships and Commonwealth Championships on the Gold Coast in September.
I started Olympic weightlifting when I was 13 years old in Year 8 to help with my Shot Put and Discus as the other boys were a lot bigger than me so my coach suggested weightlifting to help with strength and speed. I train at Functional Strength under the guidance of Richard Patterson. After about 6 months I was enjoying olympic lifting so much it took over my Athletics. I enjoy the challenge that comes with Olympic Weightlifting as it requires patience, persistence and a lot of dedication as an individual athlete. I also love the challenge of the mental side of lifting and the tactics involved in what to lift during a competition to push other competitors past their capabilities.
As an Under 15 lifter I broke 33 NZ records and I currently hold all NZ records for Snatch, Clean and Jerk and Total for the 94kg and 94+kg weight class for Under 15s.
I am currently in the Youth Category (under 17 years) and I have so far broken 5 NZ records in the 94+kg weightclass.
I have had a couple of injuries that have meant I have had to have a break from training which has been frustrating as a few weeks off can affect my strength and technique.
My current PBs are
Clean and Jerk 157Kgs
Back Squat 200kgs
For Commonwealth Champs and Oceania Champs is to win gold.
Long term I would like to represent NZ at the Olympics and the Commonwealth Games