THE youngest member of Team Fiji to the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna has set his sights on returning home with a medal.
Apimeleki Tuicaucau will compete in the Hobie Cat competition in the sailing division from Wednesday.
The 14-year-old will partner the oldest member of the Fiji contingent, Grahame Southwick, who is 68 years old.
While Southwick marks 50 years of competition in the region, this is Tuicaucau's first international trip.
"It was my first ride on a plane last night (Saturday night)," he said.
The Kalekana lad, who is of Solomon Islands decent, said he was nervous and excitied.
"This is my first time overseas, so I am really nervous and I am excited to be here."
The Form Three student of Suva Sangam College only took up the sport six months ago and says there is no turning back now.
"It was in February, all of my friends were going sailing so I joined them.
"When I saw what they did, I found it interesting and I decided to stay with it."
Tuicaucau said Southwick's guidance should be attributed to his fast rise in the sport.
"He has been the one behind me. Teaching me, coaching me, training me and competing with me.
"Because of his influence, I am here today and I am really thankful to him for believing in me and supporting me all the way."
He said he was confident of returning with a medal because of their preparations.
"We took part in the Oceania Challenge a few weeks ago and teams from Brazil, Tahiti, Wallis and Futuna and other big name competitors from overseas took part.
"It was tough competing against them but it was a good experience for me and it helped me gain a lot of knowledge."
The sailing competition begins tomorrow.