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Chute aims for Pacific Games glory

Budding athlete Elizabeth Chute aims to make her mark in the Pacific Games this year following a strong Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship outing in Delhi, India earlier this month.

Despite finishing fifth in her first-ever weightlifting tournament, the 16-year-old embraced the experience as a crucial learning opportunity.

“I started weightlifting last year and participating in this sport was a good learning experience for me,” she admitted.

“It was my first ever international exposure at the world stage and I got to witness so many powerful lifters. The strengths and endurance they brought in was also an eye opener for me.”

“The training is tough. We have two sessions in the morning and then I get ready from there and then train again in the afternoon.”

Chute, who clinched two medals at the 2022-2023 Coca-Cola Games for Mahatma Gandhi Memorial High School said her aspirations have since expanded to a new domain – weightlifting, a sport she picked up towards the end of 2023.

“We used to do strengthening and conditioning in the gym, and that’s how I got to know Coach Henry Elder.”

Reflecting on her athletic journey, she said Elder’s encouragement sparked her interest in weightlifting.

“He motivated me to try weight lifting and that’s when I decided to try it out straight after the Coca-Cola Games.”

“When I was chosen to represent Fiji, they were proud and very supportive.”

Balancing her demanding training schedule with her responsibilities as the assistant head girl at MGM and an athlete is challenging, but Chute is committed to giving her all.

She underlined her optimism and ambition with a stirring message: “Anything is possible if you believe in yourself because dreams without goals are just dreams.”

Simran Chand
Simran Chand
Journalist | news@fijilive.com

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