The OWF held a training camp to help local athletes' preparations for Gold Coast 2018 ©IWF

The Oceania Weightlifting Federation held an elite training camp in New Caledonia in a bid to improve athletes' Gold Coast 2018 medal prospects.

The purpose of the training camp, which received financial assistance from the International Weightlifting Federation Development Programme, was to bring together the best lifters in the region in a bid to boost their chances of winning a medal at the upcoming Commonwealth Games in Australia.

A similar camp was held prior to Glasgow 2014 where Oceania lifters won four gold, five silver and five bronze medals.

Papua New Guinea's Morea Baru, a two-time Pacific Games medallist, put in one of the best performances at the recent training camp in the 62 kilogram category with a 133kg snatch lift and a clean and jerk lift of 167kg.

His total of 300kg equalled the winning performance at the 2017 World Championships in Anaheim in the United States.

Morea Baru finished sixth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Getty Images
Morea Baru finished sixth at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games ©Getty Images

Eighteen-year-old Charisma Amoe-Tarrant of Nauru also put in an excellent display with her clean and jerk attempt of 140kg in the over-90kg category.

Samoa's Fagaiga Stowers, 17, also impressed in the over-90kg women's category with an identical lift of 140kg.

Alongside the athletes, several of the region's leading coaches were in attendance at the event including Jerry Wallwork from Samoa, Joe Vueti from Fiji and Tina Ball from New Zealand.

Gold Coast 2018 opens on April 4.