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That’s My Girl, Says Proud Dad

  It was a proud moment for Lance Tavo. His daughter, Rebecca, will be representing Fiji in the women’s rugby 7s team at the Rio Olympics in Brazil, next month.
23 Jul 2016 13:40
That’s My Girl, Says Proud Dad
Fijiana Rebbeca Tavo with her dad Lance Tavo at Government house yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

 

It was a proud moment for Lance Tavo. His daughter, Rebecca, will be representing Fiji in the women’s rugby 7s team at the Rio Olympics in Brazil, next month.

Turning up at Team Fiji’s traditional i-tatau presentation to the President Major General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote at the State House, Suva, Lance says, he was there to support Rebecca since he was proud of her achievements.

“I’m very emotional,” Lance told SUNsports.

“I’m very humbled and very privileged to have my daughter representing Fiji at such a prestigious event. I know she is very determined, she has the talent and she has worked very hard behind the scene to get here and I am very proud of her.

“I used to play rugby back in the day and coach the kids; Rebecca showed a lot of promise and we knew that somewhere along the line that something would happen.

“I cannot express into words how happy I am and I will not be missing a single game that she plays. I just want to wish everyone good luck.”

The 33-year-old, from Portland Hedland, Western Australia said it still has not sunk in yet that she is going to the Rio Olympic Games.

“It seems all normal right now but I imagine when I get onto the field that is when it is going to hit me,” Rebecca who once captained the Australian rugby sevens team said.

“You always dream about it and always wonder if it will ever happen but for me I’m still not there yet. I don’t want to think too much about it until I’m actually there so I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself.”

With just two weeks left of preparations, Rebecca said preparations have been going well and the help from Ben Ryan has been an added bonus as they face a tough pool going up against World Women’s Sevens Series champions Australia, an improved USA side and Colombia in Pool A.

“Preparations have been a dream, last month obviously with Ben taking over with us being in camp and being in charge of our diet and training, it has been really good,” she said.

“It’s been a big change for us but the hard work is paying off, you can see in the girl’s bodies their physique has changed a lot. I want to play the best footy that I can for myself and in this jersey and I really hope it all comes together for the team.

“Obviously, Australia is going to be very good but if we can stick to our game plan and do the best that we can, we may have a chance. I know that they are world class players that we will be going up against and I hope we can bring it together on the field.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua.

Feedback: justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 



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