Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand (OWNZ) has announced more details about how the organisation plans to continue with the original 2020 weightlifting calendar as safely as possible.
We have seen the introduction of the North & South Postal — which will allow athletes to qualify for Junior and Senior Nationals later in the year — and now a new initiative with the National Secondary School Championships.
OWNZ posted on its event page last week:
“This year the competition is being held in four locations, hosted by:
Functional Strength Olympic (Auckland)
Whanganui Olympic Weightlifting (Whanganui)
Canterbury Strength Institute (Christchurch)
Otago Weightlifting (Dunedin)
“Results from all competitions will be collated and the overall placings for each weight class and team points will be posted on social media and circulated via email.”
This will be held on the 29th-30th of August.
This represents an exciting opportunity for OWNZ to both safely support the nation’s weightlifters while also giving its young athletes something to work towards.
New Zealand was opened up from lockdown a few weeks prior to Australia, which has allowed them to get a handle on the planning and hosting of major events in the back end of the year.
Once Australia has similarly opened up in every state, we are sure we will get a statement from the AWF detailing plans similar to our friendly foe from across the ditch.
We will have all the results, plus in-depth analysis, after the competition.