Tuilawaki takes on chal­lenge

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Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s train­ing squad mem­ber Josateki Tuilawaki is not a quit­ter.

Speak­ing to SUNs­ports yes­ter­day, the Nakavika na­tive from Namosi said he has been through a lot in life but is not go­ing to give-up on his dream to wear the na­tional rugby jumper. “Even though I faced a lot of dif­fi­cul­ties in life, it has not stopped me from work­ing to­wards my dream,” he said. Tuilawaki at­tended Lami High School in 2010 but de­cided to fo­cus on his rugby ca­reer. “I left school when I was in Year 10 as I be­gan to work on de­vel­op­ing my rugby tal­ent and in 2013 I made the Tabadamu rugby team.” This is his fourth year with the team and he says, it was things like ask­ing for bus fare to go train­ing took its toll on his fam­ily. “Some­times my fam­ily gaveup on me but I kept on mov­ing for­ward.” He was part of the Tabadamu side that par­tic­i­pated at the Masaku 7s tour­na­ment in Kenya in 2014 and last year he played at the Aus­tralian Cen­tral Cruise 7s tour­na­ment.

Tuilawaki is the el­dest of six sib­lings and his mum Vosita Ve­ni­ana proud of his achieve­ment. “I thanked God, be­cause out of the 12 teams that played at the Up­ris­ing 7s last month, he was the only one named to join the Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s train­ing squad,” she said. Tuilawaki said he was grate­ful to for­mer na­tional 7s cap­tain Sete­fano Cakau for his ad­vice and he also gave him his train­ing shoes and clothes as he wanted him not to miss any train­ing ses­sion. He also thanked Leo Naikasau Snr for his spir­i­tual up­bring­ing. “I also thanked my fam­ily and friends who had sup­ported me. With­out their help and prayers, I wouldn’t have come this far,” Tuilawaki added.

Photo: Lusiana Tuimaisala

New Voda­fone Fi­jian 7s squad mem­ber Josateki Tuilawaki with his cousins at Na­muka-i-Lau

Vil­lage Lami yes­ter­day.

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