A dream come true

SWIMMER Matelita Buadromo was inspired by her elder sister Jolyn Buadromo to take up swimming.

At the age of 12, Jolyn was swimming in the South Pacific Games against swimmers much older than her. She had set a benchmark which motivated her younger sister to take up swimming and walk in her footsteps.

“My elder sister was an inspiration to me as she learned swimming at the age of nine and three years later she made it to the Pacific Games which was held in Suva,” she said.

“When I saw her doing that, I decided to do that as well and her passion and dedication towards swimming attracted me towards the sport.

“It is the next big competition after Olympics and it is an honour and a dream come true to represent Fiji at the Commonwealth Games.”

Matelita, who is a student at the University of the South Pacific, said if it was not for her sister, she would not have been representing Fiji.

“When I saw my sister compete against the top swimmers, it was very inspiring. She made the final, but she came out fourth in the race just missing the bronze medal,” she said.

“For me she was already a winner. It was her achievement which motivated me to join swimming. She did not even think of making the final, but she did it with her sheer dedication and commitment.”

Buadromo, 22, is from the island of Moala with maternal links to the island of Rotuma.

“There was a point where I was not enjoying the sport for a while because it was a hard sport and swimming up and down every day,” she said.

“Sharon was away and when she actually came back I started training with her and then I started enjoying.

“I do get some scolding from Sharon but I am a good girl. There are times when she believed in me when I did not believe in myself. That is why I am here.”

She said swimming was one of the hardest sport.

“The most challenging thing for me is to put my face in the water and when I did, I panicked a little bit about breathing,” she said

Matelita said she was indebted to the sport of swimming which allowed her to go places.

“As my career progresses, my love and passion for swimming grew stronger and it has given me the chance to travel out of Fiji,” she said.

“Just representing Fiji is special for me and whenever I do not do well in the race, I feel very emotional about it.”

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