July 25, 2012
-- Oaks Christian School track sensation Danielle Alakija will represent Fiji in the 2012 London Olympics. She will be among 2,000 world athletes who will be competing in the 10-day Olympic event in London. Alakija will be making her run for the gold in the 400-meter event on August 3 with high hopes to qualify for the 400-meter semifinals on August 4 and the finals on August 5. She may also run the 200-meter event.
Alakija—affectionately known as “Danni”--has been a varsity track standout since her freshman year at Oaks Christian (OC). As a sophomore, she broke the OC school record for the 400-meters (running 55.32 seconds) at the Ventura County Championships 2011. At the May 2012 Mount San Antonio College competition, she ran the 200 in 24.32 seconds and the 400 in 55.00 seconds. She has won nine county titles in her high school career. In international competition, she won a silver medal as part of Fiji’s 4x400-meter relay team at the South Pacific Games in August 2011, and she competed in the 2012 Brisbane Track Classic in Australia and the 2012 World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey. She also qualified to compete for Fiji in the 200- and 400-meter events at the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona, Spain. “My greatest blessing, however, has been my selection to run for Fiji at the London Olympics 2012,” said Alakija.
Alakija was born in Great Britain and brought up in Fiji before her family moved to California where she began high school at Oaks Christian School. She will be an OC senior this fall. At Oaks Christian, Alakija is a dedicated student and athlete with plans to pursue a future career in law. Already an active humanitarian, Alakija has served earthquake victims in Haiti and has been a part of her family’s work with the Transformational Development Agency, which seeks to alleviate global deprivation and extreme poverty. Danielle Alakija admirably reflects the OC school motto: “Preparing Minds for Leadership and Hearts for Service.”