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Molly Wins Another Gold Medal In Special Olympics LA

Fiji won another gold medal last Friday at the USC Track and Field Stadium in Los Angeles in the 100 metres. Suva Special School student Esther Molly from Rabi was
02 Aug 2015 13:05
Molly Wins Another Gold Medal In Special Olympics LA
Esther Molly with her competitors and also with Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports, Iliesa Delana at the Special Olympics in Los Angeles.

Fiji won another gold medal last Friday at the USC Track and Field Stadium in Los Angeles in the 100 metres.

Suva Special School student Esther Molly from Rabi was elated over her victory.

Team Fiji manager Bishwa Sidal said; “Esther was a bit down on Tuesday in her first race and there were some sad moments for Team Fiji.

“The gold and silver medal wins boosted their morale and with a few inspiring talks and support, it inspired everyone.

“It is always a challenge taking care of these special students and they can be easily distracted and get too emotional.

“But it is so inspiring and amazing to witness them withstand pressure of such big competition and be able to perform to the best of their ability.”

Assistant Minister for Youth and Sports Iliesa Delana cheered all the way for Fiji.

“This is an achievement for our country,” Delana said.

“Special Olympics Fiji only started two years ago while the movement started in Samoa back in 2008 and already we are winning medals,” Delana said.

“Samoa is in Los Angeles with a 28-member delegation compared to Fiji’s nine-member delegation.”

“Fiji’s achievement at the world’s greatest sporting event and humanitarian movement should not go unnoticed and all credit should go to those at home.”

Meanwhile, director operations at Special Olympics Asia Pacific  Simon Koh met with Delana again today in Los Angeles and said; “Samoa and American Samoa have indicated to the world body of their interest to bid for an inaugural Pacific Games in 2017.”

“We want Fiji as well to bid.” Koh said. “The Pacific Special Games will not be as big as this one, but it is intended to kick-start the Pacific’s involvement.”

The Fiji team is scheduled to arrive on  Wednesday.

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