Stepping up

FOUR years of sacrifice and training on the white sandy beaches at Waya Island in the Yasawa Group has paid dividends for Fiji’s new 7s training squad member Kaliano Nasoko.

Being selected in the national training squad last week is a step away from fulfilling his childhood dream.

The NewNet Yasawa Stingers 7s rover has been knocking on the national 7s door over the past four years and was privileged to be given the opportunity to train alongside some of the big names of Fiji 7s at the Uprising Beach Resort grounds in Pacific Harbour.

He said he was still trying to come to terms with his 7s achievement and enjoyed every minute he spent in camp with the rest of national 7s squad members.

Nasoko said he had been training hard for this opportunity and vowed to give his best at training to fulfil his dream.

“I am happy to be selected in the training squad and I am trying to learn as much as I can,” he said.

“Training alongside some of the big names is a dream come true and I will learn more from them with the aim to one day wear the white jumper.”

In our earlier interview with Nasoko, a fortnight ago, when he was named the Turnbull Mamanuca 7s player of the tournament, he said he had sacrificed his time to try and become a national rep.

The Botaira Resort worker from Yasawa said he always trained daily before and after work back on the island. He then joins the Yasawa 7s team on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for team runs and competitions. After the competition he returns to Yasawa and continues with his work and training unless and until his team is preparing for another 7s tournament on the mainland.

“I normally train on the beach at our resort every day, before and after work,” said Nasoko.

“I know it is a difficult challenge but I won’t give up but do my best and fulfil my dream.”

He started playing 7s four years ago and was instrumental for his Yasawa 7s team to create history by lifting the Fiji Bitter Marist 7s trophy last year. Nasoko also helped the team win some other major 7s tournaments in the past years and their recent achievement was winning the Turnbull 7s in Malolo a fortnight ago.

His coach Eroni Seru said Nasoko had what it took to be in the national 7s team.

“He is a disciplined and a hardworking player,” he said.

“I am confident he will do well if given a chance in the national 7s team.”

Nasoko is expected to return to the national 7s team camp tomorrow.

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