The award was a testament to his character, Liti’s coach Tina Ball told 1 NEWS.

“He has a real care around family and community.”

And since returning “he’s trying to give back in his own way, speaking to youth groups. Looking at the suicide prevention programme, things like that,” Ms Ball said.

At just 21, David Liti has won Gold at the Commonwealth Games by lifting 403kg, an all-time Commonwealth Games record, and he’s only just started competing internationally at a senior level. He spoke with John Campbell.