CNMI weightlifting event next month

Brandy Onopwy prepares to lift during a local weightlifting event last October at the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium. (Contributed Photo)

CNMI Weightlifting will start the season with the staging of the CNMI Weightlifting 2018-1 set for Feb. 17 at the Latte Built 24-Hour Fitness and Nutrition Center at the back of the Marianas Visitors Authority office in San Jose.

Latte Built owner Derek Cutting is helping CNMI Weightlifting hold its first of a series of events by allowing the federation to use his facility for next month’s competition, which will also served as a qualifier for this year’s Micronesian Games in Yap. The one-day tournament is open to athletes 13 years old and up and no awards or medals will be given away.

The weigh-in will start at 10am on the day of the competition, while lifts would begin after 30 minutes.

Latte Built gym members are free to join, while non-members will be charged $1 just to compete.

Registration forms are available at Latte Built or can be obtained by getting in touch with any CNMI Weightlifting board member.

The event is part of CNMI Weightlifting’s continued efforts in promoting the medal rich Olympic sport that has produced victories for the Commonwealth in various regional events. The competition will also be held in preparation for Saipan’s hosting of the 2021 Pacific Mini Games.

Angel San Nicolas, in last month’s Pacific Mini Games in Port Vila, Vanuatu, won a bronze in the men’s 94kg division, to prevent a medal shutout for the nine-member CNMI delegation. San Nicolas had a successful lift of 141kg in the clean and jerk to earn Team CNMI its first medal since winning the baseball gold in the 2011 Mini Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.

CNMI Weightlifting had its first Olympic-style weightlifting event in October last year with Ray Santos, Joey Tudela, San Nicolas, Brandy Onopwy, and Josh Mateo participating in the exhibition. They were given three tries within the one-minute time limit in the snatch and clean and jerk.

For more information, call CNMI Weightlifting president John H. Davis at 789-9211 or email

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Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez has been covering local and international sports events for more than 15 years. His sports writing career started when he joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, when he was in college.

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