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Like Mum, Like Daughter

Attending Suva Grammar School for the first time this year, Lydia Panapasa wanted to do her new school proud by winning the intermediate girls shot put gold medal at the
22 Apr 2017 11:49
Like Mum, Like Daughter
Grammarian Lydia Panapasa with her golden throw in the seniour girls shotput event and also winning bronze in the seniour girls discuss. Photo:Jone Luvenitoga

Attending Suva Grammar School for the first time this year, Lydia Panapasa wanted to do her new school proud by winning the intermediate girls shot put gold medal at the Coca-Cola Games yesterday.

Panapasa threw 10.81m to claim first place ahead of fellow school mate Kinisimere Naivalu who came second with a throw of 10.60m while Maria Siganisuca of St Joseph Secondary School took bronze with a 10.30m throw.

Speaking to SUNsports, Panapasa said shot put is not exactly the event she was hoping to win gold. Her main event is the discus where she won a bronze medal.

Panapasa said the only reason she took up the event was to follow her mum’s (Salote) footsteps.

Her mum Salote Panapasa (nee Naulivou) is a former Coca-Cola Games and national athletics shot put and javelin champion.

“It feels really great to win gold, I felt that I could have done better but I’ll settle for this result considering it is my first time taking part in this event,” Panapasa said.

“I was expecting not to receive any medal but with the help of my manager and coaches, I was able to pull a gold medal away.

“My mum has been my biggest inspiration, I figured if she could do it then I can as well and I’m glad I took this event.

“This goes to show that we cannot only stick to what we know but to try out new things because you never know you might love it and be good at it.

“I have had difficulty in trying to get the right technique so I can throw the distance but apart from that it is all about fitness and I intend to improve on my performance for next year.”

The 16-year-old from Juju, Rotuma said she owes the gold medal win to the school for all the assistance she got.

“I feel like I owe something to the school and I want them to be proud of me so I hope this makes them proud. I have enjoyed my time at Grammar and I want to dedicate this gold medal to all the students, teachers and parents.”

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