Golden moment for father and daughter team

A father and daughter archery team struck gold in the mixed team category on the last day of the XVI Pacific Games archery competition.

Mua’ausa Joseph Walter and Jil Walter defeated Tonga in the mixed team recurve division.

Mua'ausa, who is also the Samoa Archery Federation President, said the competition was awesome, and gave thanks to the Lord.

Jil told the Samoa Observer that it felt good competing with her father.

"It feels really good, even to be shooting with my dad is a win for me, because I've always looked up to him. It was good. Most of the time I was nervous, but I had fun."

Mua'ausa said he was "extremely happy" that they got a gold and hearing Samoa's national anthem being played on home soil was special. 

The father and daughter thanked everyone who have been behind them praying and supporting, especially wife and mother, Sasa'e Walter.

"She's always been there for us. You know it takes a lot of time to prepare for this, even I had to go to China for one month and Jil for four months, but she was always there for us.

"The other thing is our chairman the Prime Minister, he's awesome, it's a privilege and honour to be able to train with him to prepare for these games and be able to compete with him.

"The other team I would like to thank are the (Chinese) coaches because he did a lot of work to help us achieve what we just achieved," said Mua'ausa.

The first time the father and daughter archers shot together was the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu in 2017 where they won a silver.

"We started with a silver and now it's gold, we are filled with thanksgiving to the Lord," added Mua'ausa.

The match between the two mixed teams was close and this was evident as the rounds progressed with the scores tied twice.

Mua'ausa said it was magnificent, to be able to spend time with my daughter preparing for this event, and coming through at the end.

Prior to their victory, Jil won a silver in the individual recurve competition against New Caledonia, though she challenged herself to train more to go one step further. 

"I'm really happy for her and I feel good, even getting a silver is really good for me, but this means I need to practice more and you should see me in future competitions," she said.

Jil is looking to compete in the Oceania Championships in May next year in Fiji, as well as aim to compete in the Olympic qualifiers there.

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