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Tuva Fulfils Childhood Dream

Winning medals at the Coca-Cola Games have always been a dream that for Adi Cakobau School top athlete Francis Tuva had since childhood. Watching top athletes on televi­sion run the
27 Aug 2022 11:31
Tuva Fulfils Childhood Dream
Overall Best Female Athlete during the 2022 Coca-Cola games, Francis Tuva. Photo: Laiseana Nasiga

Winning medals at the Coca-Cola Games have always been a dream that for Adi Cakobau School top athlete Francis Tuva had since childhood.

Watching top athletes on televi­sion run the tracks during her pri­mary school days, had inspired her to take up athletics.

Now in one of Fiji’s top schools in athletics, she couldn’t be any prouder.

“I feel so happy and excited but I am so thankful for the support of family and friends,” she said.

“This was my first time to par­ticipate in the Coca-Cola games. I chose to participate this year be­cause I wanted to become a confi­dent person when running in the tracks and to know what I am ca­pable of.

“It always had dreams of winning medals at the Coca-Cola games.”

The 16 year – old hails from Malake in the Province of Ra with maternal links to Natogadravu vil­lage in Tailevu.

She had won gold medals in the Intermediate Girls 200 metres, 400 metres and 4×100 metres relay.

She also won the overall Best Fe­male Athlete during the 2022 Coca-Cola games.

Challenges

She said training was hard lead­ing up to the Coca-Cola Games as balancing her studies and training was a challenge.

However, with the support of her family and friends in school, she managed.

“In my class, five of my friends always support me and help me update my notes, homework and studying for the exams that we had before the cokes,” she said.

“We would wake up every morn­ing around 4.30 for training as well as in the afternoon,”

After her win at the Coca-Cola games, she said her family was very happy and proud of her achievements.

Ms Tuva looks up to her older sis­ter for inspiration as she also won medals in the Coca-Cola games during her year.

She is the youngest of six siblings.

Ms Tuva hopes to become a coach someday to help train the future athletes of ACS.

She dedicated her win at the Coca-Cola games to her family especially her parents who are her greatest supporter.

Her advice is to never give up on your dreams.

“Even though you go through hard battles in training or academic, always re­member to put God first in everything you do. Always have faith and believe your­self that you can do any­thing.”

Feedback: laiseana.nasiga@fijisun.com.fj



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