Queenslander Mary Barter was the first Australian lifter to compete at the Pacific Games, and began in style. Barter on the podium during the medal ceremony

She won three silver medals in the 48kg division; snatch, clean and jerk and overall.

The Games were the 27-year-old’s first international competition, after she took up the sport a year and a half ago.

“This has been fantastic, the best experience ever,” Barter said.

“I thought I was going to cry when I saw the Australian flag going up.

“I was hunting for a medal, probably bronze, but then I just got out there and it was amazing.”

Looking on in the crowd was Barter’s step-father, who lives in Port Moresby, and her sister who had flown in from Brisbane.Barter and Wydall rubbing shoulders with Royalty.

“It was great to have them here cheering me on. I’m very lucky.”

A policewoman, Barter took up weightlifting after she excelled at CrossFit.

“I’m just going to follow weightlifting through because I want to see what my potential is.”