Ready for the world – Nasila prepares for world event

Samisoni Rasiga a member of the Fiji Junior Weightlifting team during training yesterday.Picture:ATU RASEA

WEIGHTLIFTING was a sport Samuela Nasila could not have dreamt of taking part in a year ago but after seeing the benefits it had on him, the 20-year-old decided to leave his village and move to Suva where he could train every day.

The nephew of Weightlifting Fiji Assistant coach Asaeli Tuikenawa said he was not really interested in the sport until he tried it four months ago.

“My uncle came and asked for me to try out so I did just for fun, and started realising I could actually do well in the sport. I started training in the village but it was not easy because there weren’t much equipment and also the weights there were old and rusty,” said Nasila.

The Galoa, Serua lad moved to Suva after his uncle discovered his talent.

“I was glad my uncle brought me here to the gym and this was where I got to train more and familiarise myself with the sport. “It is a good sport because I have noticed the change in my body as I have started eating healthy and my mind is always fresh,” said Nasila.

Being a full-time student and also a training athlete for the upcoming World Junior Weightlifting Championships has not been an issue for the second year University of the South Pacific Student.

“I have to mostly balance my day out because I am a student at USP doing a diploma in IT, but it has not been a problem for me because I have the help of coach Della and Henry who have been helping me through training and my daily routines.

“The support and encouragement from home in Galoa has also kept me going,” said Nasila.

Nasila will be representing Fiji for the first time in an international tournament and hopes to do his best.

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