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Alitia: This Is For My Mum

It was a race Alitia Naobahali had only wished that her mum was there at the finishing line cheering her on to victory. Young Alitia anchored the Nadroga Central Under-12’s
26 Oct 2016 11:38
Alitia: This Is For My Mum
From left:Alitia Ratubuli with Dad Vinay Ratubuli. Photo:Litia Tikomailepanoni

It was a race Alitia Naobahali had only wished that her mum was there at the finishing line cheering her on to victory.

Young Alitia anchored the Nadroga Central Under-12’s 4x100m relay team that won the gold medal during the Nadroga Primary Schools Athletics competition at Lawaqa Park, Sigatoka yesterday.

Her late mum Mereoni Kalini, was a hit and run victim. Her body was found at the roadside near Volivoli, Sigatoka, last week.

Speaking to SUNsports, Alitia said she came second in her first race but for the final one she did it for her mum.

“I missed mum very much and I only wished that she was here with me,” she said.

Her dad Vinaya Ratubuli was very proud of her daughter’s achievement.

“I had told her to do her best since her mum will be watching from above. The last race was definitely for her mum, because if she was here, she will be the very person cheering at the top of her voice.”

Ratubuli also said that he had assured Alitia before the race, that he was always there by her side.

“After her final run, we were all emotional of the win as we wished that she was here to share it with us,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nadroga Central was crowned the overall winners of the Nadroga Primary Schools Athletes competition. They took out the boys division with 34 gold medals followed by Nadroga West with 28, Baravi came third with 12 gold. In the girls division, Nadroga West came first with 14 gold medals while Nadroga Central followed closely.

Competition manager Adam Taylor said despite their busy schedule they were able to conduct the meet.



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