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Waqa, 14, All Set

Laisani Waqa is grateful after being named in the Fijian Under-21 side to participate in the Oceania Netball World Youth qualifier. The qualifier for the 2017 World Youth Championships in
20 Sep 2016 10:25
Waqa, 14, All Set
Youngest player Laisani Waqa(right) with proud mother Mere Waqa after the team announcement in Suva yesterday. PHOTO; ANASILINI RATUVA

Laisani Waqa is grateful after being named in the Fijian Under-21 side to participate in the Oceania Netball World Youth qualifier.

The qualifier for the 2017 World Youth Championships in Botswana will be held in Auckland, New Zealand next week.

Waqa, 14, is the youngest in the team and head coach Vicki Wilson spoke highly of her.

“What’s important is height and physical size and Laisani got it,” Wilson said.

The Lomati, Nabukelevu, Kadavu native was not expecting to be selected.

“I’m just 14 and to be part of the Fiji U21 netball team is a big achievement for me,”she said.

“I was not expecting to be part of the national team this early.

“I feel excited and happy to represent my country.”

She is a Year Nine student of Adi Cakobau School and will boost Fiji’s shooting circle.

“From the 32 extended squad, I didn’t really think that I will be chosen, it was a surprise when they call my name.

Her mum Mere Waqa who hails from Tovu, Totoya, Lau was also on cloud nine following her daughter’s selection.

“We are proud of her achievement. Me and my sisters also played netball but my daughter has actually taken it to a different level,” she said.

Edited by Osea Bola

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