Invitational Weightlifting Comp

Saturday only - in the Strength Arena.

Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand hosted their very first Invitational Weightlifting competition at the 2018 NZ Fitness & Health Expo!


This was your chance to see some of NZ’s best at the NZ Fitness & Health Expo! The best male and female weightlifters from around the country were invited to compete head to head, to see who had the most speed, strength & accuracy compared to their bodyweight.


Athletes performed two lifts, the Snatch (weight is lifted from the floor in one swift movement) and the Clean & Jerk (two stage movement where the bar is lifted to the shoulders before being jerked over the head). Each athlete were allowed three lifts of each type.


“After our teams recent success at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games we were excited to add another big event to our Calendar and have our top athletes compete in our first ever Weightlifting Invitational at the 2018 NZ Fitness & Health Expo. We’re looking to expose and educate more New Zealanders about the sport of Weightlifting and prove that it is an accessible sport for everyone and anyone. Weightlifting doesn’t discriminate against age, gender or body size/shape. We look forward to putting on a show for those attending the Expo!” 

Emma Pilkington

General Manager | Olympic Weightlifting New Zealand

Lifter Profiles

Bailey Rogers

Bailey Rogers began her athletic career in Crossfit where she competed as both an individual and as part of a team. The highlight for Bailey was being part of the team that placed 17th at the 2017 Crossfit Games in Maddison, USA. Bailey has represented New Zealand at two Commonwealth Games in Olympic Weightlifting. In 2014 Bailey placed 7th in Glasgow with a 175kg total in the 75kg class. Four years later at the 2018 Games on the Gold Coast, Bailey placed 4th with a 204kg total also in the 75kg class, her 116kg C&J set a new NZ record for the 75kg class. Bailey is motivated to attend her third Commonwealth Games where she believes she can go one better than her 2018 effort by finishing on the podium. At 27 years of age, Bailey has the best years of her Weightlifting career ahead of her. As a senior member of the NZ team, Bailey is a respected athlete within the sport particularly with the rise of women in weightlifting.

Cameron McTaggart

2018 Gold Coast was Cameron’s first Commonwealth Games. He competed in the mens under 77kg weight class. Cameron competed in the 2017 Commonwealth & Oceania Weightlifting Championships in the Gold Coast and had great success. He placed 1stst in the Oceania Junior division, 2ndnd in the Oceania Senior division and 3rdrd in the Commonwealth Senior division.

He was born on the Gold Coast and lived there until he was 7 years of age but has been on the North Shore of Auckland ever since under the watchful eye of Coach, Richie Patterson. He works for drug detection agency and loves to water ski in summer. His sister Olivia also competes internationally in the sport of Pole Vault.

Kanah Andrews-Nahu

Kanah Andrews-Nahu has represented New Zealand internationally since age 13. She is ranked #1 in the Youth 75kg & 75kg+ weight category, #1 in the Junior 75kg & 90kg weight category and 2nd in the Senior 75kg weight category. Kanah holds 135 New Zealand records for weightlifting - the highest ever achieved by any New Zealand weightlifter.

Kanah also competed at the Oceania Championships in Noumea in the under 75kg weight category and won Gold in the Youth, Junior & Senior divisions, making her the first New Zealand youth weightlifter to win a senior title at the Oceania championships. She also won Best Youth Female lifter based on my Sinclair score and as a result, she secured a spot to compete at the 2018 Youth Olympics being held in Argentina in October. Her long term goals are to represent New Zealand at the 2020 Olympic Games & the 2022 Commonwealth games.

Lauren Fargher

The 24 year-old Palmerston North lawyer, only took up weightlifting in February 2017. In eighteen short months, Lauren has become one of New Zealand’s leading 90kg category lifters with a list of results worthy of a veteran of many years. Her most notable results include: winner of the 90kg class at the 2017 and 2018 North Island Championships, silver medallist at the 2017 national championships, seventh at the 2017 FISU Universiade in Taipei and fourth at the recent 2018 World University Weightlifting Championships in Biala Podlaska, Poland. Coached by Hugh Lawrence out of the Kiwi Barbell Club, and after five years of study, Lauren completed a double degree in Law and Science in 2017. She now works at Palmerston North law firm Innes Dean Tararura.