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AFL INTERNATIONAL CUP – Making Mum, Fiji Vonu Proud

SHEIK DEAN Nadi Disability has never been an obstacle for Fiji Vonu team member Halamehi Tuilomani, after she was identified by AFL development officers. The 21-year-old teacher at Gospel School
08 Aug 2014 08:52

From left: Fiji Vonu team manager Lupe Wolfgramm with proud mother Mere Masi and her daughter/ Fiji Vonu team member Halamehi Tuilomani at Nadi International Airport yesterday. Photo: Sheik Dean

SHEIK DEAN
Nadi

Disability has never been an obstacle for Fiji Vonu team member Halamehi Tuilomani, after she was identified by AFL development officers.
The 21-year-old teacher at Gospel School for the Deaf was elated when AFL development officers asked her to give a shot for a spot in the Fiji Vonu team.
The Kadavu native plays in the mids as a playmaker for the side and has not let her disability to become a hurdle for her and for her teammates.
Proud mother, Mere Masi said Tuilomani was always challenged at home to strive and not let her disability become an obstacle in life.
Masi said she was happy of her daughter’s decision to take up Australian Football League (AFL) as a sport.
“We were elated when she told us that she has been identified by AFL Fiji development officers,’’ Masi said.
She said her daughter has been playing the sport since 2011.
“Not only she has overcome her disability but she has set an example and made the disabled community proud. She is an inspiration to us all.
Masi is accompanying her daughter to the AFL International Cup 2014 (IC14) in Melbourne, Australia, as her interpreter.
The side departed yesterday.
Fiji Vonu team manager Lupe Wolfgramm said Tuilomani has bonded well with the players and is a playmaker for the side.
She said Tuilomani has made the disabled community and the whole nation feel proud.
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