Further Personal Information
||Business - United Institute of Technology: Auckland, NZL
Sport Specific Information
|When and where did you begin this sport?
||"Through school. This started at Marshall Laing Primary [Mt Roskill, Auckland], which then opened the doors to choice. So then it was decision time - will it be athletics, softball or netball as I have represented Auckland in all three while attending college."
|Club / Team
||Waitakere City Athletics: Auckland, NZL
|Name of coach
|Coach from which country?
|Coach from what year?
||Bea. (sportsfoundation.org.nz, 13 Dec 2001)
|Memorable sporting achievement
||Hearing the national anthem. For that moment, I know that I have really done everything to be the best on the day. First time was 1997 in Athens, Greece the home of sport and the Olympic Games. (horleys.com, 01 Jul 2009)
|Most influential person in career
||Her mother. (Athlete, 23 Aug 1999)
||Had an operation on her left Achilles tendon after the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. (IAAF Handbook 2001)
She sustained a back injury in August 1998. (Athlete 23 Aug 1999)
Took time off after the 1998 Commonwealth Games in an effort to fully recover so she could defend her world title. (athletics.org.nz 13 Dec 2001)
|Awards and honours
||In June 2005, she was honoured with the title of Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit [ONZM] for her services to athletics. (iaaf.org, 05 May 2008)
She served as New Zealand's flag bearer at the 2004 Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. (Melbourne 2006, 15 Mar 2006)
In October 2004, she was named Thrower of the Year by Athletics New Zealand, it was the second time she had received the honour. (Athletics New Zealand, 17 Oct 2004)
She was named New Zealand's 1997 Sportsperson of the Year and the 1997 and 1998 New Zealand Athlete of the Year. (Athlete, 23 Aug 1999, athletics.org.nz, 13 Dec 2001)
She was both the first person of Polynesian descent and the first New Zealander to become a world champion in athletics. (IAAF Handbook 1999)
She is New Zealand and Oceania’s only Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations [Food and Agriculture]. (beatricefaumuina.com, 23 Aug 2010)
||17 TIME CHAMPION
As of 2010, Beatrice has won the New Zealand discuss title 17 times. (New Zealand Commonwealth Games Guides, 2010)
When she was presented with the 1997 Sportswoman of the Year Award, she thrilled the audience at the Halberg Trust in Auckland with an impromptu Samoan dance, performed with her mother and two aunts. (alcohol.org.nz, 13 Dec 2001)
1997 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
She won the gold medal, New Zealand's first at an athletics World Championships. On her arrival back in New Zealand she received a heroes' welcome from 200 supporters and she dedicated the victory to her first coach, Miriam Stanley, who had passed away four years previously. (nz.com, 05 May 2008)
In 2004 she was elected to the IAAF Athlete's Commission. (Oceania Athletic Association, 26 Jan 2004)
Her parents hail from Western Samoa. (IAAF Handbook 1999)