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Inosi Matea Bulimairewa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
F63

Further personal information

Residence
Alice Springs, NT, AUS
Occupation
Technician
Languages
English, Fijian

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2017 in Alice Springs, NT, Australia.
Why this sport?
He was at a running clinic in Sydney, NSW, Australia, and a coach suggested he should try javelin. He then went to Alice Springs Athletics and began practising javelin. "A guy who was doing the running clinic, he is one of the sprinters for 100m, he looked at me and said, 'You've got strong upper body, and your running is good, you should try javelin'."
Club / Team
Alice Springs Athletics: Australia
Name of coach
Freddy Fatiaki [national]; Peter Lawler [personal]
Training Regime
He trains three times per week with his coach and another three times per week without coaching.

International debut

Year
2019
Competing for
Fiji
Tournament
Oceania Championships
Location
Townsville, QLD, AUS

General interest

Nicknames
Nosi (Fiji Paralympic Committee Facebook page, 28 Apr 2019)
Hobbies
Hiking, watching films, spending time with family. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Winning a silver medal at the 2019 Oceania Championships in Townsville, QLD, Australia. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His family. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Icelandic Para javelin thrower Helgi Sveinsson, German Para sprinter Heinrich Popow. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Other sports
He represented Fiji in swimming at the 2008 Arafura Games. (abc.net.au, 01 Feb 2020)
Impairment
At age 11 his left leg was amputated above the knee due to bone cancer. (ABC News Australia YouTube channel, 08 Feb 2020; Athlete, 06 Nov 2019)
Other information
OCCUPATION
He works as a prosthetics technician at Alice Springs Hospital in Australia. He had used crutches since his amputation and began using a prosthetic leg in 2012. "Ever since I started walking with a prosthetic leg, it just came to my head that I would love to learn how to make these. All that I wanted to do was walk around shopping, that was one of the hardest things for me when I was using crutches was to hold a plastic bag with crutches." (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021; abc.net.au, 01 Feb 2020; NT Health Facebook page, 14 Jan 2020; Matea Lana Facebook profile, 12 Dec 2018)

BASED IN AUSTRALIA
In 2011 he moved from Fiji to Alice Springs, NT, Australia. (abc.net.au, 01 Feb 2020)