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Lavinia giving back to her community

“Teteh is a hub for criminal activities but growing up in this community since a little girl and now a representative player in PNG I want to help this young kids to get involve in soccer and do something worthwhile so that people cannot brand Teteh as a no go zone,” said Lavina.

Lavinia is currently in training with the senior women’s soccer team preparing for the 2015 Pacific Games. Lavinia who comes from the Gulf province is the youngest in her family of four and has proven herself representing the country early this year for the OFC U-20 Championships in New Zealand.

Lavinia idolises her mum who once played for Guria soccer club in the Port Moresby as a midfielder. Last year Lavinia plays as a defender for Mungkas Football Club in Port Moresby. No doubt Lavinia will definitely go a long way with her skills and passion for football as she grows up.

The youngest daughter of former footballer Beverly, Lavinia started playing football in her childhood days at Teteh community oval after observing her mum taking part in the Gerehu Country.

From the dusty Teteh community oval Lavinia was identified and got selected for the first time to attend training sessions for the U-15 Qualifiers in 2010 which was staged in New Zealand.

Committing herself to trainings paid off, when she joined fellow team mates to play in New Zealand. This was the breaking point for her.

In 2012 she represent the country once more for the OFC U-17 Qualifier in New Zealand and from there on she never looks back which the rest is history in making for this young Kerema lass.

Lavinia now involves herself with Just Play to teach young ones in her community to use football as a driving force to change Teteh which was known as a no go zone.

The 18-year-old is now eyeing a spot in the senior women’s squad for the Pacific Games next year in Port Moresby.

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