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Fiji gives golden boy a new home

NASIK SWAMI
Thursday, January 31, 2013

FIJI'S golden boy and the country's first Paralympic gold medallist Iliesa Delana was given a new home by government this morning.

The fully furnished house worth $100,000 was handed over by Prime Minister Commodore Voreqe Bainimarama who said the house was a token of appreciation to convey Fiji's profound gratitude for the great honour Delana bestowed upon the country with the gold medal performance at the Paralympics in London last year.

Commodore Bainimarama said Delana inspired Fiji with his accomplishments and had united the country in pride.

He said by becoming the first Fijian to win an Olympic medal, Delana delivered to fellow Fijians a great national moment, the kind of moment that occurred so rarely in a lifetime.

He said as Fiji's national anthem played for millions across the world, Fiji as a nation felt enormous pride and emotion.

Moments like that are truly special, he said.

The Prime Minister also acknowledged the challenges Delana had to overcome and the sacrifices he had to make to win the gold medal.