Jojo Warele Kalotiti flew out last Friday to represent Vanuatu in the World Youth Championship in Finland in the 100M event.
Kalotiti who is 17 years old from east Santo on Hogabour village, is the grandson of George Lawrence of Pango village, the current shot put and discus national record holder.
Kalotiti was identified by Luganville Athletics Association in 2016, during the Sanma Secondary School Sports, He was later selected to represent Luganville Municipality in the sanma/Luganville National Games.
After an all around performance from the youngster in the National Athletics Championship, Kalotiti made it into the Vanuatu delegation that went on for a 5 month training program in China, this time as a jumper.
During the December 2017 Pacific Mini Games, Jojo came out 4th in the triple jump event.
That did not stop Kalotiti from claiming Gold in the recent Melanesian Athletics in the triple jump event, and he also clocked a time of 10.9 seconds in the U17 100M category, a personal best.
Athletics Vanuatu would like to acknowledge the huge support Kalotiti has received so far from his families on Santo and in Port Vila, for providing him with an accommodation and making sure that he continues with his education while training.
The young Kalotiti is the product of the newly formed Erakor Athletics club.