#PacificAusSports Spotlight: Scott Fiti - Federated States of Micronesia
Scott Fiti will be representing the Federated States of Micronesia at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
Tell us a little about yourself and where your Olympic dream started?
I am originally from Chuuk but now I live in Guam.
The Olympic dream started a long time ago. It was a long journey and I had to try my best. I didn’t make it to Rio (2016) and I was trying my best to make it.
But after the 2018 Micro games, I was named and announced to be ‘the chosen one’ to represent Micronesia for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The last time I competed was at the 2019 World Championships in Doha.
What was it like to train during the height of the pandemic?
It was a pretty rough road last year because of the pandemic.
We tried our best to go out and do some training but most of all of the facilities were closed down, so mostly all we could do is house train and garage training.
I have a very small backyard, so during the pandemic my training was more about lifting as we didn’t have that much space to sprint - maybe only 30 metres. It was very hard for us.
We didn’t quit, we didn’t stop.
I still train, even though I have been apart from my coach.
What support have you had to get you ready for Tokyo?
Thank you to the Australian government and PacificAus Sports for the support to get me to Tokyo, as well as many other athletes.
It has helped a lot and I didn’t expect it.
I knew I had the support of my family, as this means a lot to them. They are so proud as I am the first one to make it this far. I know I have 100% support from my family.
I hope to achieve a personal best on race day and do everyone, especially Micronesia, proud.