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Goal Shooter Tells Of Challenges

The dream of representing her country began at a very young age for Fiji Pearls vice-captain Maria Lutua. “I had that dream when I was a kid and today I’ve
07 Jan 2015 10:44
Goal Shooter Tells Of Challenges

The dream of representing her country began at a very young age for Fiji Pearls vice-captain Maria Lutua.

“I had that dream when I was a kid and today I’ve achieved it,” the national goal shooting ace said during an interview in Suva yesterday.

Fondly known as MJ among her team mates and friends, she first took up the sport at the age of nine while attending Vatukoula Covenant Primary School. There was no turning back as she continued playing netball while attending Xavier College in Ba and later on to Tavua College.

“My parents knew that I had a passion for netball so they always let me play but however they keep reminding me that education was to be my first priority,” she recalled.

MJ hails from Nakama in Macuata while her mum is from Namosi.

She said this is her fifth year in playing for Fiji and it has been an honour for her to be included again for the Oceania Tri Series.

MJ made her national debut in 2009 but her most toughest moment was during the World Netball Champion in 2011 when she lost her grandmother.

“At first I felt like I didn’t want to play because of my grandmother’s death but then gaining a bit of self confidence and courage I was able to go out and give my all in the court,” the marketing coordinator at Handy Finance added.

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