Help Lau­ren to get to weightlift­ing goal

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By EBELE EZEPUE

Lawyer Lau­ren Fargher, 23, al­ready has suc­cess sto­ries and tall dreams for the fu­ture.

The Woodville-based ath­lete be­gan weightlift­ing early last year and will be rep­re­sent­ing New Zealand in the 2018 World Uni­ver­sity Weightlift­ing Cham­pi­onship.

The event is in Biala Pod­laska Poland from Septem­ber 20 to 23, where she will be com­pet­ing in the 90kg women’s cat­e­gory.

Lau­ren is ranked fourth in New Zealand in the 90kg weightlift­ing cat­e­gory, and is op­ti­mistic that she will per­form well at this in­ter­na­tional level.

“It’s a mas­sive op­por­tu­nity for me to be able to rep­re­sent my school and the country in this large scale in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

“To com­pete with Olympians and cham­pi­ons at the cham­pi­onships in Poland has been my dream and it’s in­cred­i­ble to have it come my way.”

But there are costs to get there so Lau­ren and her sup­port group are rais­ing funds for her travel, ac­com­mo­da­tion and other ex­penses.

With de­grees in law and ma­rine bi­ol­ogy from Vic­to­ria Uni­ver­sity, Lau­ren joined the le­gal team at Innes Dean Tararua Law three months ago.

“It was re­ally hard com­bin­ing stud­ies with train­ing then, but it is even harder now com­bin­ing a full-time job with train­ing.

“It has forced me to max­imise the time I have and made me train smarter rather than harder and de­velop time man­age­ment skills that I use at work and

in my daily life.”

Lau­ren grew up in Feather­ston in the Wairarapa be­fore mov­ing to Para­pa­raumu in her first year of uni­ver­sity.

She joined her part­ner in Woodville ear­lier this year.

Raf­fle tick­ets for $5 each are be­ing sold at Innes Dean Tararua Law in Palmer­ston North and will be drawn on Septem­ber 14.

Win­ner of the raf­fle draw will en­joy a day’s fish­ing trip out of Welling­ton with Welling­ton Fish­ing Char­ters, val­ued at $2600.

Lau­ren and her sup­port group can be con­tacted at Innes Dean Tararua Law of­fice, Palmer­ston North.

PHOTO / SUP­PLIED

Lau­ren Fargher at the 2017 World Uni­ver­sity Games held in Taipei.

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