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Fijian Under-21 netball team

  Netball Fiji Under-21 rep, Laisani Waqa is looking forward to do her country proud on a bigger stage at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana on July 8-16.
04 Jul 2017 11:00
Fijian Under-21 netball team
Laisani Waqa (middle) with her mum Mere and dad Sosiceni at the Peninsula Hotel on Sunday night before departing with the team for Botswana. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

 

Netball Fiji Under-21 rep, Laisani Waqa is looking forward to do her country proud on a bigger stage at the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana on July 8-16.

The Adi Cakobau School student plays Goal Shooter (GS) and Goal Attack (GA) and is looking forward to the tough challenge ahead.

“I have been training for a long time to reach this point, it has been tough but knowing that all that has paid off and is a proud moment for me,” Laisani said.

“But I know the challenge isn’t over yet because we have to fly to another country different to ours and compete with the best in the world.

“The one thing I am really looking forward to is playing against girls who are not new to these type of competitions.

“I feel that I still have a long way to go and a lot to develop on and playing against more experienced players and watching them play will help me grow as a player.

“I feel very fortunate to be given this opportunity and I think all the thanks go to my parents.

“They have supported me through thick and thin and made sure that I needed everything in order to get to where I am today.”

The one person who will be missing Laisani dearly is her mum Mere.

Mere has two reasons to celebrate; her daughter is not only travelling to participate in the biggest competition of her netball career but it is also the first time someone from Mere’s side of the family is playing in the national team.

“I’m very proud of what my daughter has achieved and done, she has worked so hard and I know that she deserves this,” Mere said.

“This is also the first time someone from my side of the family is playing in the national netball team.

“We’ve all tried to be in the Fiji team but we didn’t make it so Laisani has done us proud with all the sacrifices she has made.

“The only thing we have told her to encourage her is that she has to do her best that is all we can ask for.”

The Fijian U21 netball side left the country yesterday for Botswana.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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