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Family Support Boosts Molia

Badminton rep Burty Molia believes having his two boys at the Gold Coast to watch him represent Fiji is a big morale booster as he targets to go past the
28 Mar 2018 10:00
Family Support Boosts Molia
Team Fiji Badminton rep Burty Molia outside FASANOC House in Suva on March 27, 2018. Photo: Anasilini Ratuva

Badminton rep Burty Molia believes having his two boys at the Gold Coast to watch him represent Fiji is a big morale booster as he targets to go past the first round of competition.

Molia, 42 is the lone overseas based- player for Team Fiji badminton squad and will be out to participate in his third Commonwealth Games.

“Before I left New Zealand on Monday my two sons told me they will see me at the Games,” Molia said.

“This is a world class event, I’m happy they are coming to watch me, playing the sport now it’s  not about going and participate, you will need support while you train and support while you are at the games. Having my two boys Callum and Ethan at the Games along with my partner will be great.”

The Motusa, Rotuma native’s first Commonwealth Games was in Malaysia in 1998 and his second was in 2006 in Melbourne, Australia.

“This year will be a good year for me going into my third year and I think I’m going in stronger than before, as I’m over 40 now and my contribution through experience matters. My expectation in the game, to go past the first round and that’s what I can do for now,” he said.

“I did my own training in New Zealand, not a full scale badminton training but more cardio and high quality match play. I have represented Fiji in international matches more than 20 times.”

Molia participated at the World Masters Game in Auckland last year and won a gold medal in team event and a bronze medal in the doubles.

“Badminton is the only sport I play since I was in Marist Brothers High School, with no athletic ability, I just played tennis and slowly I beat my friends and that’s how I love playing badminton.”

 Edited by  Leone  Cabenatabua

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