Western Leader : December 10th 2010
www.westernleader.co.nz Friday, December 10, 2010 Delicious lunch. Tasty offer. *Maximum of 4 guests per SuperGold cardholder. 50% discount applies to a maximum retail value of $12 per person. SuperGold card must be presented at time of paymen Half-price lunches for SuperGold cardholders* at Opanuku Caf , Vision Waitakere Gardens Get a group together and come between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday to enjoy 50% off our delicious lunches. You'll find us at 15 Sel Peacock Drive, Henderson. Bookings are essential so please phone reception on 09 837 0512. t. BIG/VSL331/VWG2 Queen Bea's new job New career: Beatrice Faumuina is looking to help the next generation of Pasifika leaders. Inset: Faumuina competed for nearly two decades in discus. Photos: TUREI MACKEY and DON SCOTT By TUREI MACKEY HER discus has been put away but Queen Bea is focus- ing on a new hive of activity. Champion discus thrower Beatrice Faumuina is retir- ing from her sport and is now the chief executive of a new leadership academy and charitable foundation. She is working at the Best Pacific institute of education to launch a programme mentoring Pasifika business and community leaders. It means an end to Fau- muina's 18-year career in dis- cus. She won gold medals at the Commonwealth Games in 1998 and 2002 and a world championship title in 1997. But the Glendene resident isn't sad about the end of an era -- she is excited about her new challenge. If I could pick the ideal job that would be the pinnacle of what I want in life this would beit,tobetheheadofalead- ership academy,'' she says. I thought something like this might happen later in life -- but not now and in the role of chief executive.'' Faumuina is still getting used to spending her time in offices and moving from meeting to meeting. I have spent most of my life outside so I have had to get adjusted to being inside an office building for most of the day,'' she says. This is probably the first time in 18 years that I have had a week without training or working out.'' The 36 year-old doesn't miss the long hours of prac- tice. I can honestly say I do not miss the six days a week of training.'' Faumuina says she's pre- pared for the job of helping mentor Pasifika people. She's got plenty of experi- ence as a top athlete, has studied business and was runner-up in the television show Dancing with the Stars. People would say to me why do you do all these things, why not just focus on one thing?' And I say it is because these options were made available to me. If I hadn't studied and worked then things like this new job wouldn't have happened.'' Faumuina won't be helping out at her Waitakere city ath- letics club because of the busy fulltime role. But you never know. Ten to 15 years down the track I might come back and help coach.'' She says her most memor- able moments in athletics were on the podium. Hearing the national anthem being played is so emotional. Especially when you are standing on the dais and remembering all those people who helped you along the way.'' Go online to www.western leader.co.nz to see a timeline of Beatrice Faumuina's career in athletics.
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