Golden hope

FIJIAN queen of weight-lifting Eileen Cikamatana is carrying the golden hope of the nation to win a gold medal in the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

Cikamatana had been in-form lately as just five months ago she won three gold medals in the 2017 Pacific Mini Games in the 90 kilograms category.

She is ranked number one for the competition.

“My preparation has been very good. I have had good support from my two coaches, my family especially my two aunts in Hawaii and my fellow weight-lifters and my country,” she said from the Games Village.

“I am happy and proud to represent my country Fiji at my first Commonwealth Games.

“I look forward to the competition.”

The Taviya, Ovalau, lass said it was an honour for her to represent the country at the esteemed competition in the world.

“The training has been very intensive and challenging. I have prepared myself to the best of my abilities and I look forward to a good competition,” she said.

“It’s a great honour to be given this opportunity to represent my country and I will do my utmost to bring pride to my country, my coaches, my family and the well-wishers.”

She has been based in the Noumea, New Caledonia for the past three months to prepare for the competition of her life since her chances of winning is very high.

Cikamatana, 19, said there had been a group of people who had been working behind the scenes with her to prepare for her golden lift.

“The pressure is always going to be a part of any elite athletes’ training regime.

“Throughout any competition and preparation, pressure is always present but I have learnt to manage it with the help of my coaches and fellow teammates,” she said.

“I take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank the lord for the talent that’s been bestowed on me, my coaches, my families, and everyone that have been supporting all the way.”

She will be competing today.