Gold medallist returns to her humble beginning

ACS Coke Games gold medalist Melania Ranadi, third from left, with her family at the Labasa Market. Picture: SERAFINA SILAITOGA

HUMILITY has rewarded her with three gold medals which contributed to the victorious achievement of Adi Cakobau School (ACS) in the recent 2019 Coca-Cola Games this year.

Melania Ranadi, a Year 9 student of ACS who won the 200m, 400m, and 4X4 relay finals, returned to her holiday duties of helping her parents sell vegetables at the market in Labasa.

The Lakeba, Lau lass, who has made Labasa her home didn’t shy away from friends and fans as she stood by the market table to sell fruits and vegetables.

Her father Seci Kaimuagone described his daughter as a humble girl who always helped him.

“She has just returned to her humble duties of helping us sell the vegetables and crops to support our family,” he said.

“Ranadi is always helpful and never shy to help out in the market, like how many teenagers may feel today.

“When she returned from the Coke Games with her gold medals and all excited about her achievements, she knew her duties and that is to help us in the market.”

The family-owned business, Mr Kaimuagone said had put his children through school and catered for Ranadi’s stay at ACS.

“Through this market business, we have managed to build our own house, buy our vehicle and support our children and God is always good to provide for my kids,” he said.

The gold medallist remained quiet and only smiled when asked about her experience as a champion.

“I am just happy to be back home and especially helping my parents run the family business from the market as I have benefited from it,” she said.

“My success is because of God and I am grateful to my parents and the ACS family for their support that made me win three events.”

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