FIFTEEN years ago, powerlifter Sainimili Turner took her powerlifting career to a new level. And today, she turns 60, yet the evergreen grandmother of 17 is determined to add more achievements to her colourful career like a young athlete striving for success.
She says she still feels her body can still lift more heavy weights despite age catching up.
When asked when she'll retire, she replied, "as long as I can continue.
"I'm still feeling strong and I can still lift as long as my body can cope," she said.
With more than 30 medals in the cabinet, Turner wants to add a few more before she finally calls it a day.
She has won 20 gold medals during her 15-year powerlifting career apart from the silver and bronze.
Her goal is to win the World Masters in the US next year and defend her Pacific Games gold medal in Papua New Guinea in 2015.
At training, she has already lifted an impressive 410kilograms, which can surely guarantee her a gold medal at the World Masters next year. However, she is hungry for more and has continued her daily training.
With the qualifying lift at 330kg, Turner has lifted an extra 80kg at training.
"My aim is to win the World Masters and the PNG Games. Maybe that'll be my last two medals but I'll continue if I can still cope.
"Right now I am lifting 430kg at training and I'm still working very hard to lift more."
Asked, what has been her source of inspiration with age catching up on her, Turner pointed to the heavens and acknowledged the Almighty for the strength she was blessed with.
"Nothing else has kept me achieving more, but the God-given strength from above that has kept me moving forward. If we think about it, I should have given up on my career long time ago because age is catching up. I'm still going strong, training and lifting and I still feel young as ever. It's only because of the strength, given from up above.
"I'm not going to give up yet, retiring is way beyond my plans as I still want to continue."
Reflecting on her career, Turner acknowledged the support of her family and the Powerlifting Association for its support.
Times Sports wishes Turner a happy 60th birthday and hopes she'll continue to do Fiji proud in the future.
Personal Best Lifts: Squat - 180kg; Bench-press - 110kg; Deadlift - 175kg
First International Outing - 1998 Oceania, New Zealand - Bronze medal
Commonwealth Games - Four gold medals
Pacific Games - Gold (2007, Samoa and 2011, New Caledonia)
Played rugby for USP - coached by Franck Boivert
Sports Women of the Year - 2005