Salote Botei is originally from Vunidamoli, Savusavu.
She plays center for her club Police Sharks and has now been selected to represent the Eastern Blues women’s team in the State of Origin competition.
The 22-year-old said she was proud, motivated and honored to represent the Eastern Blues women’s team for the first time.
“My focus this year was to get back to, mentally more than anything, being prepared, you know, being able to commit, because I’ve been struggling physically for my fitness,” she said.
“Obviously there’s a lot more help now, coming back from injury and things like that. It gets noticed a lot more when people are fighting and things like that.”
Obviously, the choice in the Eastern Blues is huge for Botei. She said just being able to come back and commit to her team and training is a big step in her recovery.
He says he mostly focuses on his fitness and skill level. To achieve this, Botei believes that teamwork, time management and discipline will allow her to be the best.
FNRL State of Origin 1 will be held on July 23 at Prince Charles Park, Nadi.