Family on his mind

Fiji's Eugene Vollmer in full flight in the men's triple jump event at Carrara Stadium. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

Fiji's Eugene Vollmer in full flight in the men's triple jump event at Carrara Stadium. Picture: ELIKI NUKUTABU

EUGENE Vollmer, hours before the Severe Tropical Cyclone Keni was due to hit Fiji yesterday, had some nervous moments to battle before he competed in the men’s long jump qualifying round at the Carrara Stadium in the Gold Coast, Australia.

Vollmer, 28, said he was thinking about his family in Fiji who were bracing for Severe TC Keni.

“It is unfortunate that our people back in Fiji are bracing for a cyclone at this hour,” he said.

“It had been on my mind during the competition and at home everyone would be telling me not to worry about them and concentrate on the competition and compete hard.

“Psychologically, it has hindered me in my performance because at the back of your mind you have your family members who supported you and I was worried about how they were coping and whether they are safe or not. We have been having a lot of psychological sessions with Team Fiji and they have told us how to separate those emotions.”

Vollmer said he would go back with a lot of experience competing against the best athletes in the world.

“It was a big experience as it was my second Commonwealth Games after having first represented Fiji in the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland,” he said.

“My main event is the triple jump, but the long jump gave me the chance to absorb the crowd and the atmosphere at the stadium.”

He jumped 6.85 metres while Australia’s Henry Frayne came first with a jump of 8.34m and has qualified for the next round.