"THIS is a defining moment for all of us."
President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau made the comment yesterday to celebrate Iliesa Delana's win at the London Paralympics.
He said the win had elevated the country, a small dot in the vast Pacific Ocean to the same pedestal as other big, powerful and resource-rich countries that had produced world champions.
Ratu Epeli said Fiji should take extra pride in marching together with the giants of the Paralympic Games.
"Like you, Iliesa Delana, Fiji will not waver from its commitment to achieve its ultimate vision for supporting disabled people," Ratu Epeli said. "We will not be swayed from laying a firm foundation that will bring a greater and brighter future for all our children, irrespective of race, colour or creed, embracing unity in every sense of the word."
The President said Fiji was built on respect for one another, tolerance, faith and trust.
"A Fiji that will ensure the equitable sharing of resources and the reduction of the disparity between the rich and the disadvantaged," he said.
Ratu Epeli said Fiji's philosophy was to ensure no one was marginalised or left out or given preferential treatment.
"Today, Fiji takes inspiration from Iliesa Delana's victory," Ratu Epeli said.
"Like Iliesa Delana, we must persevere as a nation, we must work together to shape our future and to allow our children to take Fiji to greater heights."