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Gold medallist to support team Fiji in Rio paralympics

Fiji’s athletes to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will have Government’s backing through the presence of the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Iliesa Delana. The Assistant Minister, Fiji’s first gold medallist from the 2012 London Paralympic Games, flew out to Rio de Janeiro today to support Fiji’s Paralympic campaign which will be held […]

Verleshwar Singh

September 6, 2016 7:08 pm

Fiji’s athletes to the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games will have Government’s backing through the presence of the Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Hon. Iliesa Delana.

The Assistant Minister, Fiji’s first gold medallist from the 2012 London Paralympic Games, flew out to Rio de Janeiro today to support Fiji’s Paralympic campaign which will be held from 6th – 18th September 2016.

The Ministry’s permanent secretary Alison Burchell said, “Having the Hon. Assistant Minister in Rio supporting the team will be a great motivation for the 2 athletes.  He has “been there and done that” so he will be a valuable resource for the team as the Paralympic Games are a very different proposition from any other Para event our 2 athletes have attended to date.”

Fiji is represented at the Games by high jumper Epeli Baleibau who competes in the F47 category on 16 September 2016 and Mere Rodan in table tennis who begins her charge on 8 September 2016 in the competitive class 5 category.

Hon. Iliesa Delana was the first from the region, outside Australia and New Zealand, ever to win a gold medal at a Paralympic Games.

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