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Tima's passion for rugby

Chandra Fisi'iahi
Sunday, June 18, 2017

Tima Tamoi is a member of the national women's 7s team (Fijiana) that represented Fiji at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

The Olympian hails from the beautiful village of Ketei on the island of Totoya in the Lau Group and has maternal links to Levuka, Ovalau.

She attended Assemblies of God High School from Year 7 to Year 10, after which she moved to Levuka to complete Year 11 and 12 at Levuka Public School.

She then moved back to Suva to finish Year 13 at Laucala Bay Secondary School.

"I was born in Suva and there are five of us in the family. I'm the only girl with four brothers," Tima said.

She started playing rugby in 2012 joining the Central Chiefs Women's Rugby Club and stayed loyal to the club until she got selected for the Fijiana 7s team in 2014.

"I got involved in rugby when one of my good friends, Viva Tatawaqa, approached me and asked if I wanted to give it a try as she was part of the management team for Central Chiefs Women's Rugby Club that was looking for players to form their own rugby team in 2012," Tima explained.

"So I decided to try out rugby or something to keep me busy from peer pressure. What keeps me going with rugby is the passion for the sport when I first started, and the ability and confidence I felt as a woman playing a male-dominated sport — that is what kept me motivated."

Her goal was to play rugby at the highest level and she achieved her goal when she represented Fiji at 2016 Olympics.

"I felt happy and proud of myself. As a person who loves playing volleyball back in my school days, to a person who started playing rugby as a way to keep busy and given the opportunity to represent my country after three years of sweat, tears, commitment and determination, yes, I was and am proud of my achievements," Tima shared.

The 29-year-old continues to train despite taking a break from rugby because of work commitments as she wanted to maintain her fitness and keep healthy.

"My training style is simple compared with what we do in our club training sessions or during the national training session.

"I do sit ups, push ups, reverse bicycle and more for core exercise and squats, deadlifts, power cleans and lunges for weights exercise and endurance training.

"I also monitor my diet carefully as part of my training style, which means eating the right food and drinking the right drinks that will keep me healthy," Tima said.

She encourages all diverse sportswomen in Fiji to keep healthy and maintain your personal training.

"My advice to all women and girls who are interested in playing rugby is to believe in yourself, have the right mind-set and the right attitude and set your goal and work towards it," she said.

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