Radio New Zealand International reports that gold medallist Uepa was welcomed back to Nauru recently and a week of celebrations followed with a special event held at the Meneñ Hotel to honour the efforts of all competitors.
Uepa took the honours in Sweden in the World Classic in the super heavyweight above 120kg class after the USA's Ray Williams failed with three opening squats at 440kg.
Uepa squatted 407.5kg, benched 264.9kg and deadlifted 300kg for a winning total of 972.5kg.
There was also success for Irving Harris who took gold in the Master Class 2 division.
President of the Nauru Powerlifting Federation Horasio Cook said he was proud of the team with all athletes making the top ten in their individual categories.
Overall Nauru ranked 13 out of 66 competing countries, quite a feat considering there were only seven lifters in the Nauru team, Radio New Zealand International reported.