Weightlifter Hugh Jones lifts a man in front of a crowd in Wellington, in 1959. In the 19th and early 20th centuries New Zealanders witnessed weights being lifted as a part of circus or fairground strongman displays. Weight training also began to be part of 'physical culture' exercise routines. Weightlifting became an organised amateur sport in the 1930s.
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