Participants

Litia NAIQATO

Litia NAIQATO
    Rugby Sevens
Birth Date:  25 Mar 1987
Age:  31
Gender:   Female
Height (cm):  179
Weight (Kg):  79

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
RUG Rugby Sevens Women 5

Litia NAIQATO - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Fri, 13 Apr 17:15
Women Pool Round - Pool B
Fiji
5
England
17
Finished
Fri, 13 Apr 19:55
Women Pool Round - Pool B
Fiji
29
Wales
7
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 19:21
Women Pool Round - Pool B
Australia
17
Fiji
10
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 9:31
Women Placing 5-8
Fiji
40
South Africa
12
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 12:49
Women Placing 5-6
Fiji
40
Kenya
5
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights
Olympic Games
Year Location Rank
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 8

World Series
Year Location Rank
2015/16 Various 8
2014/15 Various 8
2013/14 Various 9

World Cup
Year Location Rank
2013 Moscow, RUS 9

Nickname: Arnold. "That nickname started when we decided to play cowboys and were told to change our names to that of actors (Arnold SCHWARZENEGGER). (fijitimes.com, 21 Mar 2016)
Education: Automotive engineering at Fiji National University, Suva
Languages spoken: English
Coach

NATIONAL: Iliesa TANIVULA (NZL) (worldrugby.org, 28 Jan 2018)


Other sports

Represented Fiji in football at the 2007 Pacific Games in Apia. (fijitimes.com, 21 Mar 2016)


Ambition: "I am looking forward to more opportunities before I hang my boots up. I am looking forward to the sevens World Cup (2018) and the Olympics (Tokyo 2020). Nothing is impossible for anyone if the heart is willing. Sky is the limit." (fijitimes.com, 18 Nov 2017)
Memorable: Her international debut. "When I was presented my jersey before we jumped onto the field, I was in tears because I had always dreamt of playing rugby for Fiji one day." (fijitimes.com, 21 Jul 2016)
Hero: Fijian rugby sevens players, Semi KUNATANI and Isake KATONIBAU. "The skill, aggressiveness and pace of KATONIBAU and KUNATANI always inspired me. These two players play aggressive rugby with pace to burn." (fijitimes.com, 20 Nov 2015)
Additional information

DEDICATION
Has to run five kilometres to get the bus and travel two-and-a-half hours to get to the Fijiana training hub in Suva. (hsbc.com, 7 Apr 2016; rugbyworld.com, 29 Jan 2016)

HANDS ON
Switched from playing football to rugby. "Changing from soccer to rugby was a bit tough for me. I was used to kicking the ball around and now I had to run with the ball in my hands." (fijitimes.com, 21 Mar 2016)


EDUCATION
"My parents struggled to put me and my siblings through school, but having an education was important to my family. After completing high school and joining FNU (Fiji National University) as part of the automotive class, I started to get bored. Then I was introduced to the sport of rugby and that taught me self-discipline, confidence and time management. I hope to return to school to complete my education and repay my parents." (websites.sportstg.com, 2 Feb 2016)


PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT
Signed with French club Stade Rennais after the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, returning to the national sevens team in January 2018. "I was a bit nervous, I couldn’t believe the news because I hadn't heard for women to be contracted overseas. When they finalised the thing I was happy and proud of myself." (Wespeakrugby Facebook, 17 Jan 2018; Shailendra Nair Facebook, 9 Sep 2016)



Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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