Deidre Tautua – Fanene
Fifteen year old Fata Filoi of Tuasivi College was one of the stars for the 2019 Champ of Champion national high school athletics competition at the Apia Park on Friday this week.
She set three new records during the competition in the Junior Girl’s 400, 200 and 100 meters.
She is no stranger to many of the athletics in Samoa because she was amongst the 81 athletics that went to China for 3 months prior to preparations for the Pacific Games in July this year.
Speaking to Newsline Samoa, Ms. Filoi said this is the second time she participated not only in the athletic zones but also the Champ of Champs.
“I started last year where I managed to set a new record in the 400 meters and now I have broken my own record in that division and set a new one,” she said.
I am very proud of my performance and most especially I am very happy to represent my school in these kinds of events.”
The 15 year old is the eldest of her parent’s four children.
She added, she wants to be a role model in her younger sibling’s lives.
“I do this because I want my younger siblings to look up to me as their role model,” she said.
“I want to set a good example for them and let them know that they can have a career in sports if they are not well in the education side of things.
“Most especially I want them to know that nothing comes easy in life and if they really want something they must work hard for it.”
Sports-master of the school Reverend Piula Pula was very proud of his student’s performance on the field this year.
“I am thankful that my kids were able to make it and especially we managed to break three records and set new ones and also our Junior Girls were able to come first place overall,” he said.
“We came all the way from Savaii and we are happy that we are able to return back home with some big achievements.
“This is the first time one of our divisions were able to make it to the top, we came third place in our Zone C athletics and we participated in all the previous years but this is the first time we were able to make it to the top.”