Richie Patterson

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Richie Patterson
Personal information
Born (1983-04-30) 30 April 1983 (age 34)
Auckland, New Zealand
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Weight 84 kg (185 lb)

Richard John Edward "Richie" Patterson (born 30 April 1983) is a weightlifting competitor for New Zealand.

At the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi he won the silver medal in the men's 85 kg weightlifting event.[1] Four years later, at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, he won the gold medal in the same event.[2] He was New Zealand's flagbearer in the 2014 Commonwealth Games closing ceremony.[3]

To qualify for the 2012 Summer Olympics Patterson had to rely on fellow New Zealand teammate Tavita Ngalu to lift 150 kg at the Oceania Championships. In a selfless act Ngalu did so while injured with ripped quadriceps and New Zealand's highest ranked weightlifter (Patterson) qualified for the Games.[4]

Patterson married fellow weightlifter Pip Hale in Glasgow on 31 July 2014, after both have competed in the Commonwealth Games (Hale competed in the women's 53 kg event).[3][5]


  1. ^ "Richard Patterson". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Shannon, Kris (29 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games: Patterson lifts gold". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Anderson, Ian (4 August 2014). "Patterson to fly NZ flag at closing ceremony". Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 4 August 2014. 
  4. ^ "Patterson seeks a shirt to give to hero Ngalu". Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "Wedding bells for weightlifting golden boy". Television New Zealand. 29 July 2014. Retrieved 30 July 2014.