SPORTS

Sports Is The Way To Go, Says Athlete

Epeli Baleibau calls on people with disabilities who live in villages and rural settlements to come out and be involved with sports. The Ligaulevu villager from Mali Island in Macuata
15 Feb 2017 11:00
Sports Is The Way To Go, Says Athlete
Sportsman of the year nominee Epeli Baleibau.Photo:Vilimoni Vaganaalu.

Epeli Baleibau calls on people with disabilities who live in villages and rural settlements to come out and be involved with sports.

The Ligaulevu villager from Mali Island in Macuata is one of the nine nominees for the 2016 Sportsman of the Year Awards.

This is one of the main categories of the Fiji Sports Awards to be staged at the Vodafone Arena, Suva on Friday.

Baleibau is vying for the award along with Vodafone Fijian rugby 7s captain Osea Kolinisau, Prabhat Prasada  (Taekwondo), Leslie Copeland (Athletics), Roy Krishna (Football), Jioji Veremalua (Karate), Lakoba  Taberanibou (Table Tennis), Antonio Raturobe (Volleyball) and Manueli Tulo (Weightlifting).

Baleibau was part of the Fiji Athletics Paralympics team that participated in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games. He took part in the Ambulant Men’s high jump event. In 2015, he also participated in the Pacific Games in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea where he won silver.

In 1997, Baleibau lost his right arm while employed at the Fiji Forest Industries in Malau, Labasa.

“I want to urge youths with disabilities in the villages to join any sporting organisations and to participate. Sport is the best place to gauge their individual strength. Playing sports is the best way to solve problems that we face every day.”

Baleibau said to be part of the national team is not an easy task at all.

“I want to remind the public that to be in the national team is not easy.

“It involves a lot of sweat, telling off from coaches and we go through a lot of difficulties and challenges in our daily preparations.

“When we lose people have the habit of criticising players and management without realising the difficulties we have to go through to don the white jumper.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  anasilinir@fijisun.com.fj

 

 



5square-mothersday


Get updates from the Fiji Sun, handpicked and delivered to your inbox.


By entering your email address you're giving us permission to send you news and offers. You can opt-out at any time.


Covid 19 - SPC
Total
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Subscribe-to-Newspaper