From Fiji Sun Online (4 April 2010)
Young Rotuman targets World Spin
Rotuman lad Matia Taito stole the show when he won the Under 19 Boys VI 500metres race during the 2010 Wai Tui International Outrigger Championship yesterday.
The 14 year-old was in devastating form as he braved the strong current to defeat most of his older competitors at Wailoaloa Beach in Nadi.
And after his win the International Secondary School student has set his focus on the World Spin to be held at Noumea next month.
He said he’s happy of his achievements especially to beat some of his older competitors.
“I feel good to win the race,” Taito said.
“I’m more than happy especially to defeat some experience and older paddlers.
“The win gave me the confidence to take part at the World Spin in May at Noumea.”
Apart from his wishes to be part of the Noumea world meet, young Taito has set his dreams to become a world champion in the sport.
“I have been paddling for three years now and my dream is to become a world champion in the future,” he said.
“I know the road towards achieving my dream is tough but I just got to believe in myself.
“Nothing in this world comes easy and I’m ready to face the challenges along the way of reaching my destiny.
“I’m confident of fulfilling my aim.
“It’s just a matter of giving your best at training, keep my fitness and watch my diet.
Taito paddles for the Nadi Bay team.
Other winners yesterday: Open Men V6 500m winner: Takia Fiji Gas, Open Women V6 500m winner: Hong Kong, U-19 Girls V1 500m winner: Courteny Pere
The competition continues today.