HELEINA YOUNG

Discipline: Sprints & Relays

Coach: Bola Tafo’ou

Club: Laucala

Personal Bests:

  • 100m – 12.38s (20/07/2017 Commonwealth Youth Games, Nassau Bahamas)
  • 200m – 25.85s (04/04/2015 Easter National Championships, Suva Fiji)
  • 400m – 58.01s (21/04/2017 Coca Cola Games, Suva Fiji)

St. Joseph’s Secondary School, although not a force to reckon with come the Coca Cola Games, have had their fair share of the limelight with standout female sprinters which tend to add to the drama of the Coke Games by breasting the finishing line ahead of athletics giant schools like Jasper Williams and Adi Cakobau. Some of these sprinters include Racheal Rodgers, Tahitia Kamea, Sisilia Seavula and the more recent Heleina Young. Heleina’s been given the title of Road Runner by her school mates and with her quick and nimble strides; she’s been known to leave everyone in her wake in the first 40m. An ability which she uses so well on the hockey turf as she had made it into the Fiji Women’s Junior Hockey team that participated at the OPC in 2014. The dual sport athlete made her first international debut in athletics at the 2015 Ligue De Nouvelle Caledonie D’Athletisme in New Caledonia where she finished 3rd in the Open Women’s 100m final in a time of 12.98s. Amidst her stellar performance at the Oceania Area Championships and an unlikely win in the 400m at the 2017 Coke Games Finals, the hockey player turned athletics rep capped off her 2017 season with a new personal best of 12.38s and a 6th place finish in the 2nd semifinal of the Girls’ 100m. A performance that has tied her for third place with club teammate Braelynn Yee in the 2017 Athletics Fiji National Rankings. She’s also ranked number 1 in the 400m in Fiji in 2017 after only taking up the event when a minor hip flexor injury during a training session saw to it that she would not be able to run at 100% on a curve like they do in the 200m. Nevertheless, the quarter mile gave her stamina which in turned fused well with her natural speed.

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