OVERCOMING disabilities has been part and parcel of her life and that is exactly what she did yesterday at the Pacific Mini Games in Wallis and Futuna.
Competing in her first international competition, Savaira Tuidama won a silver medal in the para-sports shot put event at the Kafika Stadium in Hahake.
She threw a distance of 6.54m while the other competitor from New Caledonia, Rose Welepa threw 9.96m to take the gold.
An elated Tuidama said she was very nervous before the competition but felt better after her first throw.
"After the first throw, I was OK and then I threw my best throw in the competition even though it was only one centimeter behind my personal best, I am happy with it," she said.
National Paralympics coach Fred Fatiaki praised Tuidama for her effort in the competition.
He said the competition was strong from the other athlete but a medal was confirmed.
"We had trained very hard and prepared very well for this," Fatiaki said.
"We knew we would return home with a medal in this event because there was only one other competitor."
On Wednesday, para-sport athlete Luther Solomone won bronze in the 100m ambulant event.
Today amputee Jone Bogidrau will compete in the para-sport javelin event at 10am.
"So far the para team has done very well and either a medal or a personal best from Jone tomorrow (today) will complete our competition.
"Fingers crossed for a gold medal because even though Jone is competing overseas for the first time, his personal best is 22m and that is the range he is throwing at in training."