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Weightlifter Tracey Lambrechs will have plenty of support from the Vodafone Warriors when she heads to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Olympic Games.

An overjoyed Lambrechs found out just last Tuesday that she was Rio-bound after being confirmed in the New Zealand Olympic team in the women’s +75kg class.

It was a huge relief for the 30-year-old after the disappointment of missing selection for the 2012 London Olympics.

Lambrechs is enormously popular with Vodafone Warriors members and fans – and especially kids – on game days in the Harvey Norman Community Fun Zone at the northern end of Mount Smart Stadium.

She started helping out last year and this season has a role as a game day event coordinator.

“Tracey has responsibility for the Harvey Norman Community Fun Zone,” said Vodafone Warriors community relations manager Petrece Kesha.

“She coordinates the activities we operate on game day. She’s responsible for the smooth running of our area including briefing and looking after our game day volunteers, our awesome A team. She ensures they have fun because then it’s easy to create a fun vibe which flows through to the members and fans and their experience.

“It’s all about wanting families and kids to enjoy game day when they come along to support the Vodafone Warriors at Mount Smart.

“Tracey does a terrific job for us and we’re all so thrilled she’s heading to Rio. She’ll have a big support crew from all of us at the Vodafone Warriors.”

The Olympics open on August 5 with Lambrechs competing in qualifying on August 12 with the women’s +75kg final on August 14.

After missing out on her Olympic dream in 2012, Lambrechs was a bronze medallist at the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Games.

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