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Yabaki Dedicates Selection To Mum

  Seventeen-year-old, Tuwai Yabaki is the youngest member of the national cricket team that will tour Australia, next month. The Komo lad from Lau dedicated his achievement to his mum
31 Jan 2017 11:00
Yabaki Dedicates Selection To Mum
National Cricket squad before training at Albert Park, Suva yesterday. Photo: Paulini Ratulailai

 

Seventeen-year-old, Tuwai Yabaki is the youngest member of the national cricket team that will tour Australia, next month.

The Komo lad from Lau dedicated his achievement to his mum Tagimuri Tale, for her support ever since he took up cricket.

“I thank God for the challenges I’ve faced when I started playing cricket especially when they are a lot of good spin bowlers around,” he told SUNsports yesterday.

“For me to be chosen to represent my country is a blessing even though I’m young but I’m grateful that I can develop my talent.

“Since I’m living with my mum and younger brother I know the struggles of being brought up by a single parent.

“My mum has been the backbone of my sporting career and when I told her that I was selected for the national team she was in tears.

“Mum then advised me to worship God with all my heart and He will continue to bless us.”

The youngster is also part of the national Under-19 team that will participate in the ICC EAP U19 World Cup qualifier this year.

“This is a great platform for me since I’m a member of the under-19 team that will be preparing for the World Cup in September so my coach has laid down the challenges for me to prove myself and learn as I go along because I’ll be playing alongside some experienced players so it’s going to be a good learning experience.

“Balancing school and playing is a big task because I’ll be trying to keep up with my notes since it’s the beginning of school but I’m thankful that I have supportive friends who are willing to help me.

“I’ve to wake up early in the morning and try to catch the earliest transport to be on time for training. Sometimes I’ve to walk from Nabua to the main road to catch a bus so it’s hard for me but I can overcome it,” he said.

The Year 11 student who attends Ratu Sukuna Memorial School said from the problems faced, it has made him more determined as ever to be successful in life.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  paulini.ratulailai@fijisun.com.fj


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