Mum, Daugh­ter Scoop Gold

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Forty-six year old, Keresi Jeong be­lieves age is no bar­rier af­ter she and her 16year-old daugh­ter Ber­nadette won a gold medal each in the 7th Ocea­nia Cham­pi­onship. Jeong has been an in­spi­ra­tion to her daugh­ter show­ing her that she can achieve her goals as long as she is de­ter­mined and be­lieve in her­self. Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day Ber­nadette said the win was un­ex­pected but is a bless­ing to both of them. “Hav­ing my mum in the team is very en­cour­ag­ing,” she said. “I al­ways look up to her and she is very sup­port­ive. She is al­ways push­ing me to go train­ing with her when I feel like giv­ing up and that has been my mo­ti­va­tion. “The com­pe­ti­tion was amaz­ing but yet stress­ful. It was a new en­vi­ron­ment, new peo­ple but we en­joyed it with friends that we have and see­ing my mum there made things easy for me. This is an achieve­ment and I’m happy that we are able to win it to­gether.” The two joined the sport in 2012 and have been par­tic­i­pat­ing in com­pe­ti­tions like the Am­bas­sadors Cup and the Fiji Games. Since this is their first time par­tic­i­pat­ing in the Ocea­nia Games, Ber­nadette said, they did not ex­pect to win any­thing but to gain the nec­es­sary ex­pe­ri­ence. Keresi de­scribed the win as a huge achieve­ment and is en­cour­ag­ing women her age to also take on the sport as a means of stay­ing fit and healthy.

“It feels good; this was a chal­lenge for me as I never thought I would en­ter big com­pe­ti­tions such as the Ocea­nia Games. I would chal­lenge other women, it’s not too late. Even though you think you are too old for it, I’m forty six, it’s not about age you just give your all and just be­lieve in your­self,” she added. Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Mother Keresi Jeong (left), with daugh­ter Ber­nadette in Suva yes­ter­day.

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