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A father’s proud moment

  Being the sole breadwinner of a family is not always easy but for Uraia Toribau all his hard work has paid off. Supporting his daughter, Aliti Toribau, from a
04 Jul 2017 11:00
A father’s proud moment
Aliti Toribau (middle) with her parents Sereima and Uraia at the Peninsula Hotel on Sunday night. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

 

Being the sole breadwinner of a family is not always easy but for Uraia Toribau all his hard work has paid off.

Supporting his daughter, Aliti Toribau, from a young age in her netball career, he is now reaping the benefits. Aliti is part of the Fijian Under-21 netball team who left the country yesterday for the Netball World Youth Cup in Botswana on July 8-16.

Toribau said it has been a big challenge for him and the family supporting his daughter and making sure she had everything she needed.

“We are very proud as parents that she is being selected as one of the 12 out of all the under-21 players around the country,” he said.

“As the soul breadwinner of the family we had to sacrifice a lot, buy everything that she needed from primary school up until this very moment.

“The talent that she had, we were challenged with trying to balance everything, with finance, schoolwork and her training.

“Her dedication and commitment for the past three years has really paid off not only for her but for me as well.

“Knowing what she put in and what I have put in has led to her being in the national team and travelling, so I am happy.

“It all starts from when they are young and it is our job as parents to groom and nurture them and that is what we have done and now we are tasting a piece of the cake.”

For the Dudley High School student who plays Centre (c) and Wing Attack (WA), Aliti will be focusing on herself as this is the first time she’s playing in an international tournament.

“This is my first time travelling with the team and my first world cup and I’m really excited to be here,” Aliti said.

“I know how important this tournament is and I know we will be going against some countries that we have not faced before.

“I think that is why I will only be concentrating on my game and not worry about anything else.

“Being chosen out of all the other players in the country makes me feel like I have to prove my worth in the team and that is what I intend to do.

“I want to thank my parents for having faith in me and sticking by me this long, I want to make them proud and my coach and fellow players proud.”

The Baby Fijian Pearls are in Pool D with England, Trinidad and Tobago, Wales and Grenada.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

Feedback:  justine.mannan@fijisun.com.fj

 

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