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Weighing around 71kg and taking part in the men’s 74kg division in powerlifting, Anderson K’Mangela is confident of bagging gold during the Pacific Games in July.
The twenty-nine year-old who hails from the Maip-Mulitaka Local Level Government (LLG) in the Lagaip-Porgera district, Enga, was named in the final 15- men squad after the Power Lifting national championship challenge on May 11.
K’Mangela – who stands at 150cm – said before he joined power lifting, he played rugby league with the Post Puma club in the Port Moresby Rugby League in 2002- 2003 and the 2005-2006 season, before playing with Dobo Worriers.
In one of his training sessions at the Taurama Leisure center gym, former PNG powerlifting coach Frank Robby advised him to contest in a club championship at Taurama. He successfully lifted 60kg on his debut in power lifting.
“I was 20 that time, Robby pressured me to lift 200kg dead lift, and he promised me that if I have to be successful in lifting that, he would select me for Oceania powerlifting championship in Townsville, Australia.
“With my moral boosted, I successfully lifted 200kg dead lift which pleased Robby. I was selected and we went down to Townsville for the championship in December 2006 where I won gold in the 60kg division in the Junior championship category,” K’Mangela said.
He was left out of two Pacific Games – Samoa and New Caledonia with reasons he was not sure off – he kept on training as much as he could to be the best in the coming July Games in Port Moresby.
Having confidence and hope in himself, he competed in the PNG Games in Kokopo in 2012 under team NCD and won Gold in the 74kg division.
In 2014, he joined his home province Enga in the PNG Games in Lae and won gold medal for team Enga under 74 kg divisions.
From then on he was selected under Team PNG power lifting train-on squad for the Pacific Games.
K’Mangela is very appreciative of one of Enga’s company, EJ Sisters Construction Company – for sponsoring him early this year to train in Cairns, Australia for a month.
He learned new things and trained at the best of his ability with the company’s help. Now he is ready to fly the National flag when he grab Gold in the 74kg division.