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Iosefo Rakesa after the cheque handover at the Asco Motors showroom in Nabua, Suva yesterday. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

IT takes courage to be part of the Fiji Paralympic team into any competition locally and overseas and Iosefo Rakesa has assured himself that he is there for a reason and he will continue to push himself to the limit until he achieves his goal.

The 23-year-old athlete has always had a dream of representing Fiji in rugby 7s and rugby XVs, but his physical built and standing at 140cm in height made things difficult for him but God has plans for the youngster and that is to represent Fiji in the Paralympics competition.

Rakesa said it was a difficult decision at first but now he was a proud member of the Fiji Paralympic family trying his best to be part of team Fiji to the World Games in Tokyo Japan next year.

“In Fiji we still have those kinds of people that have a different look at us but I am glad I’ve represented Fiji in various events and I’m trying my best to qualify for the Summer Paralympics in Japan in 2020,” said Rakesa.

“My dream like every other Fijian boy was to play for the Fiji 7s or 15s team but I have another way of representing my country and I’m proud to be part of this team and my advice to the ones who are shy to show their skills to the world is to come and join us.

“I couldn’t represent Fiji in rugby but I was able to be in the national Paralympic team in various events in the Pacific and Australia.

The Togo, Qamea athlete has been training hard to meet the qualifying standard in javelin and shot put in the Paralympics Games in Japan.

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