COMPETING against some of the world's top sprinters at the Commonwealth Games was not on her mind until she was given a lifetime opportunity to represent the country at this high profile event.
Gospel High School track queen Eunice Bese was still trying to come to terms with her achievement when she departed with Team Fiji for the Scotland meet yesterday.
The Year 13 student said she was honoured to be given the chance to fly the Fiji flag at the Commonwealth Games.
"I never dreamt of this opportunity and I am honoured to represent the country against some of the world's top sprinters," said Bese.
"This is the biggest competition to compete in and I am looking forward to the games.
"Apart from my aim to compete for a medal, I will use this opportunity to gain experience and most importantly I want to improve on time."
Bese, who holds the Coke Games Intermediate girls 100m and 200m records, would be out to better her personal best of 12.01 in the 100m event.
And with the support from Fiji and Pacific sprint king Banuve Tabakaucoro she was confident of a good outing.
"I have the support of my teammates and I will do whatever I can to better my time," she said.
Bese said she would use the competition to set the platform for the future.
Chef de Mission Lyndall Fisher said the competition would inspire Bese and her teammates to set their focus on the 2016 Rio Olympics.
"Being allowed back in the Commonwealth is really a bonus for the athletes," she said.
"It will inspire them to set their dreams toward the Rio Olympics in 2016.
"They need to be at their best during the Commonwealth Games because the Rio Games will be tougher."
Meanwhile, Tabakaucoro is also focusing on improving his time during the competition.
"I have prepared and hoping for the best during the game," he said.
"I had set my target in trying to drop my time and I am looking forward to the challenge.
"I have participated at the Commonwealth Youth Games and I expect a tougher competition in this meet."
Tabakaucoro's athletics team, judo and lawn bowls were among the first Fiji teams to depart the country.
Fisher has called on the people of Fiji to support Team Fiji in their quest to win medals for the country.
The swimming and hockey teams will leave the country tomorrow.