AT an age when children are becoming more confident in many of their skills, Danni Alakija set a bold ambition that would eventually be the turning point in her life.
Alakija was seven-years-old then when, without knowing much about the event, she pledged to compete at the Olympic Games in London, her birth place, someday.
No one took notice.
She had not even run a race at that time.
Two years later (in 2005), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced London as the host of the 2012 Olympic Games and seven years later Alakija's dream came true.
Alakija qualified to the Games after meeting the qualification criteria set by the IOC to compete in 400 metres run.
She just turned 16 and to make Olympics in such a young age is an achievement itself.
"I'm excited and in awe of God! Competing in the Olympics is the fulfillment of a dream I had when I was seven-years-old," Alakija told Times Sport via email from the US.
"There are no words to describe the feeling I had when the announcement was made. It is an incredible privilege. I'm honoured to represent a country that I love, doing a sport that I love."
For any athlete, competing in the Olympic Games is the ultimate dream and for Alakija, it is just an inspiration to become better in the future.
"It is going to be an incredible spring board for my career from the view point of visibility and profile," she said.
"On a personal level, to whom much is given, much is expected, so it inspires me to work harder. This is the beginning of my athletics career and there are not many athletes who get the opportunity to be on a global stage at such a young age.
"It will therefore be a learning experience and will help narrow my focus on the Rio 2016 Olympics, where I hopefully will be in contention for a medal."
The former Nadi International School student aims to run another personal best time, whilst being an ambassador for Fiji and athletics.
Alakija has clocked 24.32 seconds in 200 metres dash, breaking all records in the Fiji secondary schools girl's division event (200m) in any age category.
Her best time in 400m run is 55 sec.
"It would be great to get through to the semi-finals and in doing so establish a first for Fiji, but my expectations are realistic, I'm the youngest athlete at the Games and this is an experience for me to build on for the future," Alakija, who moved to Fiji with her parents when she was five months old, said.
"My coach Maurice Greene (former Olympic medalist and world champion) has been clear on that. He has told me to go and enjoy the Olympic movement, embrace what it means to be an Olympian and learn for the next Games."
Alakija's final build-up for the London Games will be the World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain next week.
She said her preparation had been going well and she was working on niggling areas of concern before the Games, which starts on July 27.
"We are beginning to tail off the high volume work and focus on intensity, whilst having regular therapy and recovery sessions to ensure that I remain injury free," Alakija said.
It's all systems go for Alakija, who is ready to blaze the tracks with yet another astonishing performance at the London Games.
She knows the road to the Olympics has not been an easy one and she is not willing to let her hard work go in vain.
For Alakija, anything is possible through God.
For her, like many other handworkers, dreams do come true.