QUEANBEYAN has always been a town renowned for its sporting talent and its sporting families and the Langi's are no exception.
For the four daughters of mum Caroline and dad Hamala; Polini, Sepi, Frances and Liz, sport has always been a focal point of family life.
“My sister Polini made the Australian Schoolgirls basketball team and my sister Frances started the Queanbeyan Tigers women’s team a few years ago,” Sepi explains.
“My other sister Liz played rugby with the Brumbies as well so we’ve always been a very sporty family. I think it was just unlucky for dad that he didn’t have any sons.”
For Sepi herself however, it was netball that most piqued her interest.
“I remember playing in the under-8s for the Digerettes and Saturday mornings and afternoons we’d just wear our uniforms all day like it was the best thing ever,” she says.
“Mum played as well so we’d hang around, eat a lot of food at the canteen and run up and down the hill there so a lot of good memories.
“We lived just around the corner from the netball courts as well so we were always there shooting hoops.”
It’s clear those early days at the Queanbeyan Netball Courts on Thornton Road inspired something special in the now 28-year-old.
From turning out for the Diggerettes on Saturday mornings, Langi has since gone on to play at the highest level, representing Samoa at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Dehli.
Having recently wrapped up her commitments captaining the Canberra Darters in the Australian Netball League, the talented shooter is currently focused on her upcoming wedding to fiancé Tim Hawke next month.
But Langi admitted she already had one eye on earning selection for next year’s Commonwealth Games as the next challenge in an already distinguished career.
“2010 was a great competition for Samoa and for me personally,” she said. “I think I was the fifth most accurate shooter at the tournament which was great, especially being my first Commonwealth Games.
“I think if I was to get another chance [in 2014] it would create a bit more pressure because I’ve already been there, done that and I guess it makes you a more senior member of the team.
“But at the same time I’d also be more prepared and have a better idea what to expect.”