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Lilicama Targets Gold, Record In Javelin

Lilicama Targets Gold, Record In Javelin
Napuka Secondary School athlete Matia Qiolevu at ANZ Stadium on April 18, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 19
12:10 2018

Napuka Secondary School’s Ka­tarina Lilicama is confident of winning a gold medal in the senior girl’s javelin event at the Coca-Cola Games on Saturday.

Lilicama is the javelin record holder in the junior division with a distance of 43.97 metres set in 2016, and in the intermediate division, with a distance of 42.44m set last year.

Following her first training session at the ANZ Stadium yesterday, the Sa­vusavu native has promised herself that come Saturday she will have her hands on the gold and her name in the history books.

The senior girls’ javelin record was set by Sisilia Lau of Adi Cakobau School in 2000, with a distance of 42.60m.

Lau’s record was equalled by Elena Caucau of Jasper Williams High School last year.

Lilicama’s junior record is better than the senior girls’ record.

“I was not pushed last year but this year, I hope to better my personal best (43.97m),” Lilicama said.

Javelin came naturally to Lilicama. She would normally use stones or sticks to bring down coconuts and fruits. Lilicama is part of the 10-mem­ber athletics team that will fly the NSS flag during the three-day event, which starts today.

The Year 13 student wants to round off the year by not returning to Sa­vusavu empty handed.

“Back in Savusavu we do not have the facilities to train like those here in Viti Levu. We rely on our natural talents which God gave us,” she said.

“Participating in the Cokes is every Fijian students’ dream and for me to set a record and win the gold is the best way to round off my years of partici­pating in the most anticipated school event in Fiji.”

Edited by Naisa Koroi


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