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Preketes Can’t Wait For Friday

  The 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship will be the first international event for Amily Preketes. The 20-year-old from Sydney will be taking part in the 100 metres race in the
07 Jul 2016 13:59
Preketes Can’t Wait For Friday
Amily Preketes of Team Australia for Melanesian Athletics Championship, which will start at ANZ Stadium today. Photo: RONALD KUMAR.

 

The 2016 Melanesian Athletics Championship will be the first international event for Amily Preketes.

The 20-year-old from Sydney will be taking part in the 100 metres race in the paralympic event on Friday.

“I feel very excited and a little bit nervous but mostly excited, I can’t wait to race on Friday, it will be really good,” Preketes said.

“I started track in 2014, so I have been basically racing for two years now and I have really loved it and I really love being here in Fiji as well. “While this is my first time representing my country, it is my second time coming to the beautiful islands of Fiji and I am just so happy to be here.”

Preketes ultimate goal is to participate at the 2020 Paralympics in Tokyo, Japan and will use the Melanesian championship as a build up.

“I want to go to the paralympics in 2020, that is my biggest goal and to get to Fiji and do the races here is really exciting because this will be part of my build-up for Tokyo,” she said.

“While the competition may be tough, the people here are very nice and I’ve met heaps of people here already and it is just really good and everyone is nice around here so I cannot wait for the competition to start.”

 

Rio Olympics

Team manager Ben Groth said they are hoping that some of their athletes qualify for next month’s Rio Olympic Games.

“We have got around three or four athletes who are still trying to qualify for Rio which is going to be huge for them, so fingers crossed as we hope to get favourable conditions for the next three days,” Groth said.

“We have a lot of athletes who are travelling outside Australia for the first time and also representing Australia for the first time, so it is exciting times for us and we would like to win some medals but if not than we would be happy to do some personal bests.”

Australia has a contingent of 92 athletes to compete at the championship which starts today at the ANZ Stadium in Suva.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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