Seilala Sua

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Seilala Maria Sua (born 25 February 1978 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is a female discus thrower from the United States. Her personal best throw is 65.90 metres, achieved in July 2000 in Sacramento.

She was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010.


Seilala Sua-Zumbado begins her first season as an assistant coach in charge of the throwers for the University of Hawai‘i Hawaii Rainbow Wahine track and field program in 2011-2012.[1]

Sua-Zumbado comes to University of Hawaii at Manoa from Cal State Northridge, where she was a throwing coach for the last five seasons. From Fall 2006 to Summer 2011, Sua-Zumbado was in charge of both the CSU-Northridge Matadors men's and women's throwers. During her career, she coached 25 student-athletes, who qualified for the NCAA West Regionals.[2]

Sua-Zumado also served as volunteer coach at her alma mater UCLA in 2005-2006 school year.

Professional Athlete[edit]

Sua-Zumbado's collegiate success continued as a professional where she was a member of two US Olympic Teams in the discus (2000 Sydney, 2004 Athens), four-time USATF National Champion in the discus, one-time USATF National Champion in the shot put and a three-time World Championships competitor.

Sua-Zumbado has ranked in the Top 10 nationally in the discus for eight consecutive years and had the No. 6 mark in the world in 2001.

While competing in the shot put, Sua-Zumbado ranked in the Top 10 nationally for seven consecutive years.


Sua-Zumbado graduated from UCLA in 2001 with a degree in sociology and is the winningest athlete in NCAA track and field history. While at UCLA, Sua-Zumbado won seven NCAA championships and was a 14-time All-American, who competed in all four throwing events - shot put, discus, hammer and javelin. She still ranks in the UCLA's all-time Top 10 in each of those events.

In Pac-10 competition, Sua-Zumbado won six individual titles and was a two-time Pac-10 women's track and field Athlete of the Year. In NCAA Women's Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships competition, she won four consecutive discus crowns and became only the second woman in NCAA history to win four straight individual titles in the same event. Her other titles include an Outdoor Championship in the shot put in 1999 and 2000, and an Indoor Championship in the shot put in 2000.

While at the University of California, Los Angeles, Sua was the second female athlete to win four successive NCAA Championship titles in the same event, the Discus Throw. She also added three NCAA Women's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships titles in the Shot Put, one indoor and 2 outdoor crowns. The seven NCAA Division I individual titles were the most for a single female athlete in NCAA history.[3]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
1996 World Junior Championships Sydney, Australia 8th Shot put 15.04 m
2nd Discus 56.32 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 6th Discus 63.73 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 10th Discus 59.85 m
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 5th Discus 63.74 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece Discus NM


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