Beatrice Faumuina
Beatrice Roini Liua Faumuina, ONZM
New Zealand Order of Merit
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 (born 23 October 1974 in Auckland, New Zealand) is a New Zealand discus thrower, a gold medallist at the 1997 World Championships in Athletics
1997 World Championships in Athletics
The 6th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations, were held at the Olympic Stadium, Athens, Greece between August 1 and August 10, 1997. In this event participated 1882 athletes from 198 participant nations...

. She has represented New Zealand in three Summer Olympics. After winning the discus
Discus, "disk" in Latin, may refer to:* Discus , a progressive rock band from Indonesia* Discus , a fictional character from the Marvel Comics Universe and enemy of Luke Cage* Discus , a freshwater fish popular with aquarium keepers...

 event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
2002 Commonwealth Games
The 2002 Commonwealth Games were held in Manchester, England from 25 July to 4 August 2002. The XVII Commonwealth Games was the largest multi-sport event ever to be held in the UK, eclipsing London's 1948 Summer Olympics in numbers of teams and athletes participating.After the 1996 Manchester...

 in Manchester
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 she was featured on a stamp from Samoa
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At the 2004 Summer Olympics
2004 Summer Olympics
The 2004 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXVIII Olympiad, was a premier international multi-sport event held in Athens, Greece from August 13 to August 29, 2004 with the motto Welcome Home. 10,625 athletes competed, some 600 more than expected, accompanied by 5,501 team...

 she placed 7th in the discus
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 with a throw of 64.45 metres. Early in her career, she was coached by New Zealand sport celebrity Les Mills
Les Mills
Leslie Roy Mills CNZM, MBE, is a retired New Zealand athlete, who represented New Zealand at Olympic Games and Commonwealth Games over two decades. He competed in shot put, discus and weightlifting events...


On 16 October 2005, Beatrice Faumina was nominated Goodwill Ambassador
FAO Goodwill Ambassador
The FAO Goodwill Ambassadors Programme was initiated in 1999. The main purpose of the programme is to increase public awareness and to disseminate information on issues related to food security, hunger and poverty in the world...

 of the Food and Agriculture Organization
Food and Agriculture Organization
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 of the United Nations (FAO).

In 2006 she appeared in the New Zealand version of the television series Dancing with the Stars
Dancing with the Stars
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 where she was placed second. Since 2006 she has been a presenter on the Television New Zealand
Television New Zealand
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 Pacific Islands current events programme Tagata Pasifika
Tagata Pasifika
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In 2007, Beatrice has decided to focus on athletics and is basing herself in Australia for the majority of the year before competing in Osaka, Japan. She is returning to good form after a disappointing injury plagued her 2006 season, placing her 4th at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games. She recently threw 62.2 metres at a meet in Christchurch, beating rival Dani Samuels from Australia. This followed a winning throw of 62.08 throw at a meet in Canberra.

She placed 28th in the 2008 Summer Olympics
2008 Summer Olympics
The 2008 Summer Olympics, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad, was a major international multi-sport event that took place in Beijing, China, from August 8 to August 24, 2008. A total of 11,028 athletes from 204 National Olympic Committees competed in 28 sports and 302 events...

 in Beijing with a throw of 57.18m, failing to qualify for the final. Her comments to media following her elimination were widely criticized after it was perceived that she was satisfied with what many viewed as a sub-standard performance.

Faumuina finished seventh in the 2009 Reebok Grand Prix in New York, with a throw of 56.73 metres. She was expected to compete in the Prefontaine meet in Oregon, in order to throw the qualifying standard for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
2009 World Championships in Athletics
The 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics were held in Berlin, Germany from 15–23 August 2009. The majority of events took place in the Olympiastadion, while the marathon and racewalking events started and finished at the Brandenburg Gate....

 in Berlin. However, she did not attend the meeting and her coach stated that she had decided to focus on her upcoming Bachelor of Business Studies exams instead.


1996 Olympic Games
Athletics at the 1996 Summer Olympics
At the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, 44 events in athletics were contested, 24 by men and 20 by women. There were a total number of 2053 participating athletes from 191 countries.-Men:...

Atlanta, United States
Atlanta, Georgia
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23rd 58.40 m
2002 Commonwealth Games
Athletics at the 2002 Commonwealth Games
At the 2002 Commonwealth Games, the athletics events were held at the City of Manchester Stadium from the 26–30 July 2002. The route for the marathon event crossed Manchester city centre and finished in the stadium. The race walk events began alongside the Lowry Centre at Salford Quays...

Manchester, United Kingdom 1st 60.83 m
Athletics at the 2002 Commonwealth Games – Women's discus throw
The men's discus throw event at the 2002 Commonwealth Games was held on 26–27 July.-Results:-References:** at BBC...

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