Weightlifter David Liti won gold at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.
At just 21 years old, Gold Coast 2018 was his first Commonwealth Games. He competed in the 105kg+ division, establishing a new Commonwealth Games record (403 Kg overall).
During the Gold Coast 2018 closing ceremony, Liti was awarded the the David Dixon Award for sporting spirit. Samoan heavyweight Lauititi Lui was locked in a battle for gold against Liti. The Samoan was dramatically injured in the final lift. Liti's gesture of support and words of respect were demonstrated at the moving medal ceremony where gold medal winning Liti supported Lui as he was awarded his silver medal in a wheelchair.
In 2016 Liti became the first New Zealand junior weightlifter to ever clean and jerk over 200kg. Nicknamed the Big Bear, he is coached by Tina Ball.
Liti was born in New Zealand but spent the first 10 years of his life in Tonga, before moving back to New Zealand. Respected rugby player in his youth, Liti swapped this sport for weightlifting. A prophetic advice from his coach would have convinced Big Bear “Do you really want to be a number on the field or a world-class weightlifter."
David's Games History
Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 2018