Don Oliver

(1937 - 1996)

Don Oliver
Don Oliver was a weightlifter of prodigious strength and competitive endurance, and also a highly popular figure, as evidenced by his captaincy of New Zealand teams at the Commonwealth Games in 1966 and the Mexico Olympics in 1968.

Oliver was the national heavyweight champion 10 years in a row, won the silver medal at the Perth Commonwealth Games in 1962 and the gold medal four years later in Kingston.

His greatest achievement didn’t earn him a medal – that was when he was fifth at the world championships in Teheran, which remains the best finish by a New Zealander at a world championships.

He coached the New Zealand team at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974, when a record seven medals were won by nine lifters.

Oliver remains the only lifter to have won the Lonsdale Cup, awarded annually for excellence in a Games sport.
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