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Party Fit For A Special Child

Party Fit For A Special Child
Sitting: (from left) Akanesi Tawake (cousin), Makitalena Cikamatana (Mum), Eileen Cikamatana, William (cousin), Sevanaia Cikamatana (dad), Lalani Cikamatana (cousin), Luisa Cikamatana (sister). Back: Rosalin Cikamatana (sister). Photo:Manhar Lal
October 29
11:59 2017

We will meet Eileen again after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in April: Mum


The family of Eileen Cikamatana and villagers of Taviya, Ovalau hosted a special feast for the weightlifting sensation yesterday.

Cikamatana took a break from the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Noumea, New Caledonia and made a surprise visit last week.

And what a pleasant surprise, especially for her mother, Makitalena Cikamatana.

“What a joy to see my special child,”Makitalena said.

“She’s in for a week and we want to make the most of it.

“She continues to make all of us proud. She’s a dedicated, committed 18-year old and I’m proud to be her mother.”

Makitalena said the feast was for Eileen.

* Winning 4 gold medals in the 90kg division at the Commonwealth and Oceania Championships in Gold Coast, Australia in September;

* Winning two gold medals at the 5th Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games in Turkmenistan;

* Celebrating her 18th birthday.

“But it is also an early Christmas and New Year feast as we will meet her again after the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast,”Makitalena said.

“She is strictly following a training programme designed by her coach Paul Coffa who wants her to compete in the Pacific Mini Games in December in Vanuatu.

“She will then need to lift her training for the Commonwealth Games.”

Makitalena shared why Eileen is a special child.

“Her father thought she was blind when she was born because she could not open her eyes for two weeks,”she said.

“I was told to keep the curtains down at home and was reassured by the doctors not to worry as she is a special child.

“She is indeed and I thank her for her commitment and dedication to the sport she loves.

“Ever since she took up weightlifting, the longest we have stayed together at home was three months.

“Coach Jo Vueti wanted Eileen to stay with her in Baba, Levuka when she was in primary school because he noticed that she has a special talent.

“She is with Coffa in Noumea who rated her highly for her devotion and discipline.”

Eileen also took the opportunity to visit her late aunty Akisi Koco’s family. Koco was instrumental in her upbringing. She returns to Noumea tomorrow.

Edited by Grace  Narayan



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