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Kadavu girl excited to be part of Weightlifting Fiji's first trial

December 18, 2018 5:02 am
Merewalesi Vusonitokalau during Weightlifting Fiji’s first trial for the 2019 Pacific Games.

Merewalesi Vusonitokalau was a happy girl as she was finally part of Weightlifting Fiji’s first trial for the 2019 Pacific Games.

The 19-year-old girl from Joma, Naceva- Kadavu was the only participant who traveled from beyond Viti Levu to be part of Saturday’s trial at the Rabuka gym in Suva.

Vunitokalau says she was privileged to being able to showcase her hidden talent.

“I’m really happy that I’ve finally made it to Suva and be part of the first trial and I will go back to Kadavu and follow the techniques that I’ve learnt a alot in this trial. It feels so good to be part of it and I’ll try my best to make the final cut.”

Vunitokalau says she discovered weight lifting after the Ministry of Sports opened a gym in Kadavu in August.

Meanwhile, Weightlifting Fiji Secretary Ritesh Ratiram says they will continue spread the sport in other parts of the country.

“We want to build capacity and go around the country. It’s not a difficult sport but it’s a sport that you can really be given a platform to be the best you can be.”

Ratiram says they will conduct another four trials before they select a squad to compete in the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa.