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EXCLUSIVE Interview with Letava Whippy (173-G-91) - Apr 2, 2007

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Coming off a great basketball family, the young Letava Whippy (173-G-91) is currently attending Church College HS in New Zealand. The 16-year old won the Gold medal in the 2005 South Pacific Mini-Games and was one of the best player of the 2006 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament with the fijian side.
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Letava Whippy
Church College (NZ)
member of Fijian NT

Could you describe yourself as a player?
I was born on the 24th of march,1991. I am currently 173cm tall and weigh around 70kgs. My natural positions are numbers two and three. I like to be out there on the wings, running the lanes!

You led the Fiji team in the 2006 FIBA Oceania Youth Tournament, what are your memories from this event?
The Oceania tournament last year was such an awesome experience for me! I got to play alongside and against many of my friends from previous tournaments and show how much i have learnt from Church College! The highlight of that tournament for me was our 2nd game against New Zealand...our team played so well and I was able to show and build on my leadership skills.

Were you disapointed not to make the FIBA Oceania All-Star team?
Yes, I was very dissapointed but by not making the team i realised that it gave me the chance to step up my game and improve the talents i have so at the next Oceania tournament, it wouldn't be the same!

What did you think of the Australian team during this tournament?
We never had the chance to play Australia at the tournament but from their games that I had seen, I thought that they were very developed and had a great mixture of height and skill, especially for their ages!!

Will you play in the 2007 South-Pacific Games with Fiji?
Yes, I am currently in the squad listed as overseas based.

You are currently studying in New Zealand at Church College. How is the school?
Yes I am currently playing basketball at Church College and also played last year! Being able to attend Church College has been a wonderful experience for me so far. Church College has a great academic system and a good reputation for the sports they are involved in, especially basketball and rugby.

When you will graduate from High-School, do you want to pursue a NCAA career?
I will graduate from high school in 2009 and yes, I am hoping to pursue a NCAA career!!

How do you see yourself in 10 years from now?
In 10 years I hope to se myself in the states playing basketball and following in the footsteps of my sistet.

How do you react when you sister Mikaelar says "I know Letava will be a much better player than me"?
My sister has been an awesome role model for me over the past years! Her confidence in me, being able to achieve just as much as she has, has helped me work harder in all aspects of my life, especially basketball. She gives me the motivation to go hard in everything I do.

Which aspects of your game needs to be improved?
I reckon that the aspects that need to be improved in my game is reading the plays and running the lanes more!

What is your best memory in basketball?
My best memory in basketball would have to be winning the gold medal at the Mini South Pacific Games in 2005, playing alongside Mikaelar!  

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