WITH less than 100 days remaining for the 2012 London Olympics Team Fiji Chef de Mission Chris Yee gives an update on the athletes qualified and are trying to qualify to the world's biggest sporting event:
Athlete - Robert Elder
Robert qualified at the Continental Qualification Event in Masterton, New Zealand on 02nd January this year. He recently returned from competing in Canberra at the Australian Championships and flies out this weekend to Adelaide for a training attachment prior to participating in the Victorian State Championships. Negotiations are currently being finalised with the Korean Olympic Committee for Robert to attend a training camp in Seoul as his final preparations. He will then head to Preston for a week prior to entering the Games Village. Robert will be managed by Richard Elder who happens to be his father and mentor who is in Australia awaiting Robert's return.
Athletes - Leslie Copeland, Eugene Vollmer, Danielle Alakija and Miriama Senokonoko.
Leslie Copeland qualified in the field event of Javelin with a throw of 80.45m at the Universiade Games in Korea on 17th August last year. He competed in Europe last year and won Gold at the Pacific Games in Noumea. Earlier this month Leslie competed in the Queensland State Championships where he was placed 2nd. Leslie and his coach then had a training attachment at the Oceania High Performance Training Centre in Queensland and travelled to Melbourne to compete in the Australian Championships last weekend. Leslie is hopeful of receiving an invitation to the prestigious Daegu Colourful Championships in Korea next month followed by competitions in Japan. His final preparation will be in Europe competing in the Diamond League Series Events. He will 'acclimatise' in Preston immediately prior to the Games. His coach James Golding will accompany him to all competitions.
Eugene Vollmer is currently training in USA and is hoping to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games in the Long Jump event. Eugene won a Bronze in this event at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea.
Danielle Alakija, who will be turning 16 in May this year, recently represented Fiji at the World Indoor Championships in Turkey. She was a member of the Silver medal 4x400m Relay Team at the 2011 Pacific Games and competed at the Brisbane Classic in January this year. She is currently training and competing in the USA. Miriama Senokonoko won Silver in 400m event at the 2011 Pacific Games and also 2 Silvers in the 4x100 and 4x400m relays. She competed in the Brisbane Classic in January 2012 and last week set new records during the Triple 'N' athletics Meet at the National Stadium in the 400m, Triple Jump and also help her Adi Cakobau School win Gold in the 4x400m Relay. Miriama will represent Fiji at the Oceania Championships in Cairns, Australia at the end of June
Both Miri and Danielle will be out to reach the qualification standard but if they miss out, they will both fight for the 1 female universality place. Danielle's coach is Jenny Kenyon and Miriama is managed by Jone Delai.
Athletes - Josateki Naulu & Sisilia Rasokisoki Naisiga
Josateki Naulu is based and training in Japan and was fortunate in February to have a month of competition in Europe participating in Grand Prix and ranking qualification events and to also attend training camps with European athletes. He will be competing in the Oceania Championships in Cairns, Australia 29th to 30th April and then return back to Japan to prepare for the final stage to the Olympic Games.
Sisilia Rasokisoki, through assistance by LOCOG has just returned from a 3 month training attachment at the Kendal Judo Club under coach Mike Liptrot. During her time in Kendal, Sisi was able to compete in two IJF events in Europe. She will also compete at the qualifying Oceania Championships in Cairns. Sisi is scheduled to return to Kendall for a month prior to the Games.
Both Josateki (81kg) and Sisilia (78kg) are Gold medallists from the 2011 Pacific Games with Sisi previously representing Fiji at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games in Athens and Beijing.
Athlete - Glenn Kable - Men's Trap Event
Glenn Kable won the Oceania Shooting & Continental Qualification event in Sydney in November 2011 to qualify and secure a place to London. In January this year he won the Australian Championships beating top shooter, Michael Diamond. Glenn competed in the IISF World cup event in Tuscon, USA last month and is next week travelling to London to participate in a World Cup event that is being used as a Test Event at the Games venue. He will then travel to Italy for the World Cup on 03rd to 04th May and is hoping to travel to Beijing, China before going to London for the Games. His Manager/Coach is Josh Lakatos who was also a world shooting champion.
Athletes - Douglas Miller, Paul Elaisa, Matelita Buadromo & Tieri Erasito.
Douglas Miller and Paul Elaisa are battling for the 1 male position while Matelita Buadromo and Tieri Erasito are competing for the 1 female position. They have been training in Fiji with Tieiri in the UK.
The Fiji based athletes will be participating in the Oceania Championships, the Continental Qualifying event for Swimming, in New Caledonia from 28th May to 02nd June. The Championship will determine who will be selected to represent swimming. They will go to Liverpool for the pre-games preparation.
All athletes participated in the 2011 Pacific Games winning medals in individual and relay events.
The Swimming Manager is Willie Elaisa and the coach is Eugene Panuve
Athletes - Manueli Tulo, Paula Taqua, Maria Liku & Apolonia Vaivai
Manueli Tulo, Maria Liku and Apolonia Vaivai are currently training at the Oceania Weightlifting Institute in New Caledonia. They will travel to Samoa in June to compete in the Continental Olympic Qualification Event where they hope to qualify at least 1 male and 1 female athlete to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Paula Taqua is training in Levuka together with other team members who will going to Samoa to compete in the Oceania Weightlifting Championships.
All athletes won medals at the 2011 Pacific Games in Noumea.
If qualified, the team will travel to London with their Manager, Atma Maharaj and their coach Josefa Vueti an Olympian lifter from the 2008 Games.
Athletes - Ilieasa Delana & Lusiana Roqomaimuri
Iliesa Delana qualified in the sport of athletics in High Jump T42 category in Christchurch in 2011 where he won a Silver Medal with a jump of 1.71m. Iliesa competed at the Queensland Championships at the end of March where he won Gold and he and his coach, Fred Fatiaki were able to stay on for a two-week training attachment in Brisbane. He is expected to return to Australia for further training.
Lusiana is training locally and hopes to qualify I the 100 or 200m event or receive a 'wildcard' invitation to London.
Doctor - Professor Eddie McCaig
Physiotherapist - Sharlene Nand
Chef de Mission - Christopher Dard Keung Yee
Administration Support Staff - Lyndall Fisher (FASANOC Sports Development Manager)
Attache - Andrea Wong (nee Birch) who is based in the UK.