By Taromane Martin
WEIGHTLIFTING Iron Lady Jenly Wini has thanked her trainers, coaches and her supporters after winning Solomon Islands first ever Commonwealth Games medal on Friday.
The 35 year old won bronze medal at the Gold Coast games lifting a total of 189kg in the women’s 58kg division to finish behind Canada’s Tali Darsigny who lifted a total of 200kg and Australia’s Tia-Clair Toomey who lifted a total of 201 Kg.
Jenly said she was absolutely thrilled but at the same time humbled by the win which she said came after months of dedicated training.
“I am just a simple girl from Fishing Village who just wanted to do my country proud. I am blessed that I have a family, a son and a country that always cheers me on every time I put on the blue, yellow and green,” she said.
“I am a proud Solomon Islander. Thanks to my family for supporting me. Thank you goes to NOCSI, OWF and CTOS.
“Big thanks go to my coach Paul Coffa and his wife for all the hard work they have done to bring me up to this level, and to the people of Solomon Island friends. “Thanks for your prayers and support,” Wini said.
The Iron Lady meanwhile said she will take some time off after the games to consider her future in the sport.
“I have dedicated a good part of my life to weightlifting and it has not been easy because I had to make a lot of sacrifices,” she said.
Solomon Islands weightlifting Federation is represented by three athletes, Jenly Wini, Mary Lifu and David Gorosi at this year’s Commonwealth Games.