By Matt Bowcott of The Reporters’ Academy. 9th July 2012
With only days left to the London 2012 Olympics, athletes from around the world are preparing for the biggest competition in sport.
Tuvalu athletes are raring to go, and their final preparations are in full swing. Based in Preston, Tuvaluan athletes Asenate Manoa and Tavevele Noa have enjoyed their time at the Pre Games Training Camp. Asenate said, “It’s great, I love it, we have learnt a lot of new things and improved our speed.” With Tavevele adding “We do a lot with weights building, our strength.”
Both athletes started running at a young age, and have competed at major athletics tournaments with Asenate becoming the first female from Tuvalu to compete at the Olympics in their first games in Beijing, and Tavevele running at this year Indoor World Athletics Championship.
For Asenate going to London 2012 is great progression for her, having been to an Olympics and the past two World Athletics Championships,, “I can’t wait for the Olympics, I am a little bit nervous, but I am proud to represent Tuvalu”. Starting running at 10 years old Asenate took inspiration and guidance from her family, who have supported her throughout her career and hopes to give that back to her community in a few years.
Both Asenate and Tavevele want to go back home and coach the young people of Tuvalu and get more active, Tavevele said, “It’s a great sport, and I want others to love it.”
For athletes, training on grass is completely different to the track and they hope they will be able to get a running track in Tuvalu in the future so they can get more people involved.
Both athletes aspire to run national records in their sprinting events, and to make Tuvalu proud.
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