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Win For Mum: Naulu

Win For Mum: Naulu
2018 Coca-cola gameswomen's 100meters final winner Makareta Naulu (fourth from left) of Adi Cakobau School l at ANZ Stadium on April 20, 2018. Photo: Ronald Kumar.
April 21
11:30 2018

Makereta Naulu of Adi Ca­kobau School was all emo­tional last night after win­ning the 100 metres final, clocking 12.24 seconds.

The Bua native, who is a Year 13 student, tied a black ribbon on her hand in memory of her late moth­er who died of cancer earlier this year.

Naulu’s father hugged her and cried after she was awarded the gold medal and a return air ticket to either Singapore or Hong Kong by Fiji Airways.

“I would like to dedicate my win to my late mother who is prob­ably watching me from Heaven and cheering me on,” she said.

“This win also goes out to the Adi Cakobau School old scholars and students who were cheering for the team and to make sure that we de­fend the title this year.

“When I left Australia after the Commonwealth Games, I was con­fident of winning the blue ribbon event.

“I would like to acknowledge those who had a lot of faith in me and did not give up on me,” she said.

“I want to thank the teachers and my coaches for their sacrifice and hard work,” she said.

Her win extended Adi Cakobau School’s lead in the girls division with 9 gold, 6 silvers and 4 bronze medals.

In second place is Jasper William High School with 6 gold, 6 silvers and 2 bronze while in third place is Suva Grammar School who has 2 gold, 3 silvers and 1 bronze.

The 19-year-old will bolster the girls from Waimanu in today’s 200 metres and will later anchor the 4x400m senior girl’s relay team.

“I’m taking each game at a time. I will look at my results after this in­ter-house and then try to improve on it at the Fiji Finals. My aim is to keep improving my results,” she said.

She is aware of her competitors who have come in at the Fiji Finals as underdogs.

“All schools are prepared to do well and produce good results. There are athletes who have en­tered the Fiji finals as underdogs but I’ve just got to do my basics well,” she added.

Edited by Osea Bola


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