Dream comes true for Vaka

VOLLEYBALL player Sakiusa Naivana Vaka has realised is dream when he represented Fiji in the 2016 Men’s Volleyball World Qualification and Oceania Zonal Competition was held at the Vodafone Arena in Suva this week.

For the love of the nation, Vaka who now lives in Palau, had come back to represent Fiji in volleyball.

“It has been 13 years since my dream came true to play for Fiji. In 2002, I set a goal to play and it came true. I left Fiji in 2005 and then I got a call from the coach to come and join the team,” he said.-

“I spent about $4000 coming to the tournament as I went to Korea from Palau and from there to Fiji,” he said.

“I was serving as missionary and now I have a family and stay in Palau. It has always been my goal to represent Fiji on the international stage, but I do not know what God has in store for me.”

Vaka attended Nabua Primary School and Ratu Sukuna Memorial School in Suva, but fate had other ideas for him as he dropped from secondary school while he was in the then Form Three (Year 9).

“God had been my biggest inspiration and I come from a broken family where we had to struggle. When I finished school I did not speak English well, but now I am fluent.

“I am travelling places, and playing volleyball. My son who is two weeks old is my inspiration. He was born on October 2 and I was not there when he was born because I was preparing for the competition. I never expected to be where I am today and nothing is impossible for anyone if you set your aim. I have seen the struggles in Fiji volleyball but there are a lot of talent here.”

He returns to Palau next month.

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