Home visit : New Zealand weightlifter has Fiji connection

Girls in their kalavata and medals for the winners during the 2019 IWF Junior World Championship at the FMF Gymnasium in Suva on Sunday, June 02, 2019. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

NEW ZEALAND weightlifter Shenelle Kanah Nahu Andrews is proud to have Fijian connection.

The 18-year-old whose father is of Fijian and Maori descent, said she could not recall her paternal links to Fiji. She said her family had visited Fiji.

“I have connections here in Fiji but I cannot definitely give you a direct answer as to where I am from,” she said.

“My father is from here and for me to be back here is exciting. Personally it is a big achievement for me competing here in Fiji.

“I came here two years ago for the Oceania competition and we also visited my family here.”

Andrews won a bronze medal in the women’s 76kg on Wednesday night.

“This is the first time I’ve qualified and competed in the Junior Championships and it has been a good experience going through the process.”

The Auckland-based lass said her focus was now for the Pacific Games in Samoa next month.

“Leading up to that same training I always remember to smile.”

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