Speaking to the Australian Olympic Committee, Ropati-Frost said she wants to snatch gold away from the home-town favourite.
“My biggest competition in the region is PNG’s Dika Toua,” she said.
“She’s always beaten me and it will be tough to face her in front of a home crowd, but I want to take home all three gold medals.”
For most people in Papua New Guinea, they don’t know the name Ropati-Frost and their money is on Toua.
The home-grown athlete is from Port Moresby’s traditional Motuan village of Hanuabada and has multiple gold medals under her belt.
The 31-year-old won gold in the 53kg division at the Fiji 2003 Pacific Games, at Samoa 2007 and at New Caledonia 2011.
The ‘golden girl’, as she is known in the country, also won the title at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games after fellow competitor Chika Amalaha (NGA) was stripped of her gold medal for failing an anti-doping test.
But with all those titles under her nemesis’ belt, Ropati-Frost has a tough task ahead of her.
The weightlifting competition will begin on Sunday, July 5 at the PNG Power Dome.
For information about weightlifting tickets call the Pacific Games ticket hotline on 180 2015 or download the ticket purchasing guide.