Litia Remembers Parents Struggle
Tuesday 2nd February, 2016
Litia Naiqato is fast becoming synonymous with Team Fijiana Rugby team, with her menacing hits and her offloads often reminding people current Team Fiji 7's rep Semi Kunatani.
Despite her new found status in the sport, Litia still remembers the struggles and difficulties her parents had with her before 7’s rugby.
The 28-year-old Dakuinuku, Sawakasa native is the third of three children and considers herself a village girl having been brought up by her dairy farming parents in Sawakasa.
"My parents struggled to put me and my siblings through school because having an education was important to my family," Litia said.
"But after completing high school and joining FNU as part of the automotive class, I started to get bored."
Litia said she returned home without completing her tertiary education and was a constant headache for her parents.
"Then I was introduced to the sport of rugby and from the start had the support of my parents," she said.
“It was rugby that taught me self discipline, confidence and time management which is something I always take with me where ever I go.”
Litia has become a stalwart of Team Fijiana but is not taking her position on the team for granted.
She said while she was confident about her abilities, she knew that competition for places in the final Team for Rio Olympics would be hard.
"We all know each other in the team and at the end of the day it is all about the team, but I am doing my best to ensure I make that final squad list," said Litia.
She said every day was a learning curve for her and the girls and that she needed to further improve her skills and fitness to be able to make it to Rio.
“We need to sacrifice and give our 100 per cent best during preparations for Rio,” Litia said.
“Personally, my aim is to quit smoking, alcohol and kava so that I can only focus on my rugby.
“I’ve already cut down this year but next year as part of my New Year resolutions I will have to let go of these three things.”
Litia is also a STOP Champion and is using her position to influence others to lead a better lifestyle.
"I also hope to return to school to complete my education and repay my parents for all of their sacrifice, hardwork and belief that I can always do better."