Tinai, Senokonoko awarded US scholarships to study and train

Miriama Senokonoko (left) and Elenani Tinai have been awarded scholarships to study in the USA. Picture: FT FILE

NATIONAL reps Elenani Tinai and Miriama Senokonoko have been awarded scholarships to study and train in the United States of America (USA).

In a statement issued by the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC), Tinai said being given the opportunity to study in the US would allow her the chance to challenge herself not only academically but also on the track.

She was awarded an Oceania Australia Foundation Scholarship to study and train in the USA, while Senokonoko was offered a full scholarship by a US college.

Tinai will be studying at the Southwestern Community College in Iowa, USA.

“I count myself lucky to be awarded this scholarship,” said Elenani.

Meanwhile, Senokonoko has secured a full scholarship offered directly to her from Limtestone College in South Carolina, USA, and is also receiving some assistance from the Oceania Australia Foundation.

Miriama was fortunate to be returning for further studies in the USA after graduating from the New Mexico Military Institute in 2015.

“I’m very lucky to get another chance to continue my studies and for that I am grateful,” she said.

“The first time I went, it was easy to settle in because Ana Kaloucava was already there,” Senokonoko said.

FASANOC chief executive Lorraine Mar said it was important for both athletes to do well not only in athletics but also academically.

“The academic side is just as important as your athletics because should you not do well academically, this could mean you will not be allowed to participate in sports,” Mar said.

Both girls who flew out of the country last Wednesday, August 15, were advised the scholarship was as much about education as it was about athletics and they were encouraged to give both equal attention.

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