August 20, 2021
2020 Tokyo Olympics women’s 7s bronze medalist and Fijiana 7s rep Alowesi Nakoci said she feels particularly proud of herself after scoring tries against Australia.
She said she always looks up to the Australia women’s 7s team but scoring against them at the Olympics was another level of performance.
The Ra native said it’s the choices and sacrifices that she made which was worth demolishing the defending champions.
“Firstly when we saw this team, we usually looked up at them but nothing is impossible. I feel confident in doing what I want to do in the ground when we face them.”
“Yeah, I feel the countries pride and happiness in scoring against them. We saw them coming and we convinced ourselves to beat them and that’s what we did.”
“The girls had faith in them and we wanted to bring back something from the Olympic. Fiji was going through a tough phase due to COVID-19 so we wanted to bring smile on their faces.”
Nakoci started off her career with Athletes and the long distance shifted her focus to soccer where she played for Lautoka women’s team in the Inter District Championship before transiting into rugby in 2015.
She has also been rated as one of the top six female players of the Olympics by World Rugby recently.
“I started off my sports career with athletics representing Ra province in the Coco-Cola games. Then moved to play soccer with the Lautoka team but later I started playing rugby with the Ra Province Move. I made a few sacrifices and left for Suva.”
“In 2015 I started off with rugby when I attended the trails session and made myself available in the Fijiana 7s squad. The domestic competitions helped me a lot in terms of my game time. I tried my best and gained experienced in Fiji before going into the international arena,” she said.
By Romeka Romena