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Hard work pays

Emoni Narawa
Thursday, February 13, 2014

THE desire to win propelled teenager Meli Malani to win gold and silver at the Queensland State Swimming Championship over the weekend in Australia.

The Marist Brothers High School student won gold in the under-18 boy's 50 metres freestyle and settled for silver in the 50m breast stroke.

Speaking to this newspaper, the 17-year-old said it was another milestone achievement.

"I feel good about this win because I trained hard during the holidays and it paid off there in Queensland," he said.

"I'm proud of myself to be the only one of the few swimmers outside of Queensland to compete at the event and win gold.

"The competition was tough but I'm happy to return home with gold and silver medals."

Malani said the urgency to win drove him to accomplish his mission.

"I always like winning and I believe that inspired me to achieve this performance."

Malani, who will also represent Fiji at the Youth Olympic Games in China in August, said he was looking forward to the Oceania Championship in New Zealand in May.

"This is a good build-up for me but I will always continue to work hard to strive for better results," he added.

He thanked his family, the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee and Fiji Swimming for supporting his trip.





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