Waqanidrola honoured, aims to follow aunt’s footsteps

DEFENDER Merelita Waqanidrola is eager to follow in the footsteps of her aunt and dual international, Matila Waqanidrola.

The former Balantine Memorial School student is part of the Fiji Under 20 to participate at the 2017 Netball World Youth Cup to be held in Botswana on Saturday.

And for someone who just took up the sport last year, Merelita is humbled to make it this fast in the national team.

The Vunibau, Serua, youngster said she always loved netball during her primary school days and every time she saw the photos of her aunty Matila in the newspaper, it always encouraged her to follow in her footsteps.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” said Merelita.

“It has been my childhood dream to represent the country in netball this is because of the benchmark being set by my aunty.

“During those early days once I looked at the photos of aunty (Matila) in the papers it really inspires me to also follow her footsteps.”

The 19-year-old defender is looking forward to a fairytale debut at the world stage.

She said she would give her best to help her team do well in all the games.

“We have prepared well for this world cup and we are looking forward.

“We are excited to represent the country and we will do our best for our loved ones and to all Fijians.”

Merelita said all games would be tough but had faith in her team that they would deliver the goods required of them.

She said she was honoured to be part of the national team, let alone playing at the world cup.

Fiji is pooled with Trinidad and Tobago, Wales and Gerada and England and will face Trinidad and Tobago in their opening game on Saturday.

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