Dika Toua

Further Personal Information
Family
Son Paul Arua Gavera, daughter Ani Geua Gavera
Residence
Port Moresby, PNG
Occupation
Athlete, Coach
Languages
English
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
She began weightlifting at age 10 in Hanuabada, Papua New Guinea.
Club / Team
Oceania Weightlifting Institute [OWI]: Nouméa, NCL
Name of coach
Paul Coffa [club], AUS
General Interest
Most influential person in career
Coach Paul Coffa, and her parents. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2014; samoaobserver.ws, 21 Nov 2010)
Hero / Idol
Australian sprinter Cathy Freeman. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2014)
Injuries
She broke her toe at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, VIC, Australia. The injury took about one year to heal completely. (Athlete, 19 Jul 2014)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Strive to be the best." (Athlete, 19 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours
She was named the 2018 Female Athlete of the Year at the Papua New Guinea Olympic Committee [PNGOC] SP Sports Awards. (iwf.net, 05 Jun 2018)

She was Papua New Guinea's flag bearer at the opening ceremony of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. (iwf.net, 05 Jun 2018)
Famous relatives
Her younger sister Thelma Toua has represented Papua New Guinea in weightlifting, and won three gold medals at the 2018 Oceania Championships in Le Mont-Dore, New Caledonia. Her sister Konia and aunt have also both competed in the sport at international level. (SportsDeskOnline, 14 Oct 2018; onoc.org.fj, 29 Aug 2017; looppng.com, 06 Jul 2015; Athlete, 19 Jul 2014)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (newindianexpress.com, 07 Apr 2018)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
In 2000 she became the first female representing Papua New Guinea to compete in weightlifting at the Olympic Games when the women's competition was held for the first time in Sydney. (trukai.com.pg, 18 Jun 2002; SportsDeskOnline, 17 Sep 2000)

CLUB FOUNDER
She founded the Loua Dika Toua Weightlifting Club in Hanuabada, Papua New Guinea. (thenational.com.pg, 18 Nov 2016; Athlete, 19 Jul 2014)

COACHING
In January 2014 she and Solomon Islander weightlifter Jenly Tegu Wini became the first females to receive the Oceania Weightlifting Federation [OWF] regional coaching diploma. (iwf.net, 31 Jan 2014)

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