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Apolonia Vaivai: I Need To Do More

To win a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics will be a tough ask for Apolonia Vaivai. The 24-year-old, who hails from Tavuki in Taveuni, is Fiji’s top female weightlifter
25 Oct 2015 17:52
Apolonia Vaivai: I Need To Do More
Selfie time....Apolonia Vaivai and Manueli Tulo during the trip last month.

To win a spot in the 2016 Rio Olympics will be a tough ask for Apolonia Vaivai.

The 24-year-old, who hails from Tavuki in Taveuni, is Fiji’s top female weightlifter currently based at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in Noumea, Caledonia.

Recently Vaivai was in Pune in India for the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship where she won gold.

“I need to do more so I can qualify for Rio,”Vaivai said.

“It’s not easy but I’m giving all my best so I can qualify for Rio.  It’s a tough journey not for the faint hearted. If you give your mind, heart and soul in what you love you will definitely succeed.”

The former student of Holy Cross College in Wairiki Taveuni said she took up the sport in 2010.

“It’s a tough sport and requires a lot of motivation and perseverance. I’m thankful to my aunty for pushing me.”

Vaivai is preparing for the next tournament in Houston, Texas in the United States.

“I am not sure how long I’ll be in Houston but I am ready for the challenge.  This is the final competition and if I win this then I am through to the Olympics.”

Feedback:  paulini.ratulailai@fijisun.com.fj

 



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