It was her mother's wish for her to continue with athletics and that is exactly what she is doing.
Four years after her mother passed away, Makelesi Tumalevu has returned to the tracks to the sport her late mother loved to watch her compete in.
The 24-year-old will participate in the 4x100m and long jump at the Pacific Mini Games that begins tomorrow in Wallis and Futuna.
The Yasawa lass said she had to work very hard to make her way back into the Fiji squad.
She is one of five senior athletes in the squad.
"It was very tough to come back after four years and try and make the national squad," Tumalevu said.
"But in that four years that I did not take part in athletics, I stayed fit by playing netball and volleyball in Lautoka."
In her high school days at Lautoka Central College, Tumalevu competed in the Coca-Cola Games from 2003 till 2006.
She made the national squad for the first time in 2007 when she represented Suva Grammar School in the 100m, 200m, 4x100m and long jump.
"That year I took part in the South Pacific Games in Samoa where I won silver in both the long jump and the 4x100m event.
"It was a big achievement for me and my mother was really proud. She was very supportive of me even during my high school athletics days.
"She was always there cheering me and urging me to go on.
"And before she died four years ago, she asked me to continue my athletics career but I took a break instead and now I am making a comeback."
Tumalevu said she was confident even though she had not competed for the past four years.
"I know competition will be tough but I have prepared well and I know I will give it my very best on the tracks and try and win gold in both events.
"Also I am not sure but I might also compete in the 400m or 4x400m if the coaches want me to."
The athletics competition begins tomorrow at the Kafika Stadium.