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Pau’u: We Don’t Feel Useless

After 20 years, Wilson Rigamoto Pau’u returns to take up table tennis again and hopes to spread awareness of how sports can help people with disabilities. Pau’u is among the
25 Jan 2016 14:59
Pau’u: We Don’t Feel Useless
Wilson Rigamoto during the Oceania Regional Para Table Tennis Training Open Camp yesterday. Photo: PAULINI RATULAILAI.

After 20 years, Wilson Rigamoto Pau’u returns to take up table tennis again and hopes to spread awareness of how sports can help people with disabilities.

Pau’u is among the 24 participants taking part in the Oceania Regional Para Table Tennis (PTT) Training Open Camp at the National Table

Tennis Centre in Laucala Bay.

The 53-year-old from Motusa, Rotuma had stopped playing the sport because of some family problems.

However, his love for table tennis has not faded over the years but grown stronger and being able to train with the best coaches around the region was a real treat for him.

“People with disabilities don’t really have much to do when it comes to sports but table tennis is so convenient for people like us,” he said.

“The training camp is marvellous and I am so fortunate to be able to have this opportunity because I have had the pleasure of meeting other people with disabilities just like me.”

Pau’u believes that more training camps need to be set up for people with disabilities in other sports.

“Taking part in sports brings us a sense of confidence and belonging, we don’t feel useless, and we need that encouragement.

“People with disabilities need to realise that there is something out there for them and that they are just as important as those athletes without disabilities.”

The Oceania Regional Para PTT Training Open Camp finished yesterday with the Fiji Open tournament starting today. Edited by Osea Bola

 

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