SHE maybe Fiji's oldest sporting personality but Sainimili Turner continues to thrive for the best.
The 2007 Fiji Sportswoman of the Year turns 59 today and her only wish is to take part at the World Masters Powerlifting Championship it the United States next month.
The veteran lifter, along with Eliesa Irava and Eric Joji, will spearhead Fiji's campaign in the US. However, their participation is still in doubt with no sponsors to fund the team.
Turner, dubbed Fiji's super grandmother, said the deadline to find a sponsor is Monday.
Turner is desperate to improve her 2008 performance where she scooped three silver medals and a bronze at the championship.
"I have been preparing well for this event and I am looking forward to it, but the only concern is our funding," the grandmother said.
"It is coming in late and we are just keeping our fingers crossed that it will arrive on time. The deadline is Monday."
Turner was not part of the event last year because she was part of the Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia.
"I really want to go, tomorrow (today) is my birthday but I will not celebrate it as my only wish is to represent Fiji in the US, so if anyone out there wants to help, we will appreciate it," a desperate Turner said.
"This is a chance to do Fiji proud again and I am ready for it." She said
The team is scheduled to fly out from Nadi airport on September 30.
Turner will compete in the 90kg-plus category in the Masters Two division on October 5.