Congratulations from everyone at Australian Weightlifting to Sam Coffa on his Honorary Life Membership of the Oceania Weightlifting Federation.

To give you some idea of the regard Mr Coffa is held in within the weightlifting community, here is an excerpt from the IWF website..

Facts are facts; still some of them are difficult to accept. Such is for instance the fact that Sam Coffa, IWF Vice President and Chairman of the Technical Committee from Australia, is turning 80 years old.

True that he claims seniority in the organisations he holds office in, but it rather refers to rank and wisdom than age. The ultimate Technical Official of unquestionable competence, the National, International and Commonwealth leader of the sport he has a lifelong engagement with, the Olympic Technical Delegate, the weathered and wise Executive of the IWF for decades, etc., etc.; all this coupled with an energetic, passionate character in a youthful man’s body.

Dear Mr. Coffa: please continue to live long for many years; enjoy life and work alike to the benefit of the World’s Weightlifting Family!