Golden dream

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s reps to the Commonwealth Games, Josua Vakuribili, front, and Eroni Sau with fans watching from the grandstand during the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Picture: JONACA

Fiji Airways Fiji 7s reps to the Commonwealth Games, Josua Vakuribili, front, and Eroni Sau with fans watching from the grandstand during the 42nd Fiji Bitter Marist Sevens tournament at the ANZ Stadium in Suva on Saturday, March 24, 2018. Picture: JONACA

A DREAM does not become a reality through magic, it takes sweat, determination and hard work, says Fiji 7s rep Josua Vakurinabili.

The Wardens Rugby Club forward was named on Saturday in the national team to the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia, next month.

Fiji has not won the Commonwealth Games gold medal and the tireless forward wants to win the elusive coveted prize.

The Vatukarasa man, who is the younger brother of former Fiji 7s rep Inia Tukere, has been one of the consistent performers in the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series.

He helped the national side win the New Zealand 7s in Hamilton and Canada 7s in Vancouver. He was named in the Mana Whey Coral Coast 7s dream team last year before being listed to join the Gareth Baber-coached Fiji 7s training squad.

Josh, as he commonly known, said he never dreamt to one day represent the country.

“It hasn’t been an easy journey for me,” he said while watching the 2018 Fiji Bitter Marist 7s at the ANZ Stadium in Suva during the weekend,” Vakurinabili said.

“I am grateful to be part of the team to the Commonwealth Games.

“I always remind myself to follow my passion, so I work hard and sacrifice, and, above all, I don’t let anyone limit my dream.”

The tall lanky 26-year-old now sets his target to win the 7s rugby gold medal.

“I am ready for the challenge and I will do my best.”

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