Weightlifting has been a fruitful source of medals for New Zealand at the Commonwealth Games and it should be no different on the Gold Coast.
Led by Richie Patterson and Laurel Hubbard, this year’s squad will feature several medal hopefuls, who will be eager to repeat the golden feats of the legendary Precious McKenzie’s at Edmonton 1978.
Patterson is a 14-time national champion and silver medallist in the men’s 85kg event at Delhi 2006. He will be make history as the first weightlifter to represent New Zealand at four Commonwealth Games.
Hubbard is the first transgender athlete to represent New Zealand at international level and is fresh from silver medals at last year’s world championships in Anaheim.
Also in the women’s team are Alethea Boon and Andrea Miller, who have previously competed at Commonwealth Games in different codes.
Boon represented New Zealand at Kuala Lumpur 1998 and Manchester 2002 in gymnastics, while Miller won a bronze medal in hurdles at Delhi 2010.
Phillipa Patterson - 53kg
Alethea Boon - 58kg
Andrea Miller - 69kg
Bailey Rogers - 75kg
Tracey Lambrechs - 90kg
Laurel Hubbard - +90kg
Ianne Ernesto Guinares - 62kg
Vester Villalon - 69kg
Cameron McTaggart - 77kg
Richard Patterson - 85kg
Stanislav Chalaev - 105kg
David Liti - +105kg