GC2018: Golden girl returns

Fiji weight-lifting gold medal champion Eileen Cikamatana with her Commonwealth Games gold medal. She is joined by her family at the Nausori International Airport yesterday. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

GOLDEN girl Eileen Cikamatana has set her goal of winning more gold medals after returning home from the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia yesterday.

The 19-year-old was greeted by his parents and loved ones with the traditional welcome of ivakamamaca at the Nausori Airport.

Eileen said the gold medal win at Gold Coast had inspired her to work hard and to do the country proud in future world championships.

She said she was humbled to be the first Fijian female to win a gold medal at the Commonwealth Games in Australia.

“This is not the end I still have several competitions ahead of me and especially the Olympics,” said Eileen.

“But I am proud and honoured to be the first female to win gold medal at the Commonwealth Games despite the difficulties we face at home like the cyclone and floods.

“Before leaving our shores for the games I had nothing else on my mind but to win gold and I am glad to have fulfilled my dream.”

The Taviya native from Ovalau said the support from home contributed to her success.

“The support from home is so strong even though I stayed away from them for more than seven months while training in New Caledonia.”

“And to be back home with the Commonwealth Games gold medal is an achievement that I will always attribute to my parents and my coaches for their support,” she added.