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Iosefo Rakesa

Athletics

Biography

Impairment information

Type of Impairment
Short stature
Origin of Impairment
Congenital
Classification
F41

Further personal information

Residence
Suva, FIJ
Occupation
Athlete, Technician
Languages
English, Fijian
Higher education
Trade - Carpenter - Fiji National University: Suva, FIJ

Sport specific information

When and where did you begin this sport?
He began Para athletics in 2016 in Suva, Fiji.
Why this sport?
He wanted to compete at the Paralympic Games. He was offered javelin lessons by a friend and enjoyed it. "Before that, I was playing rugby and soccer but nobody chose me to go overseas and then I saw athletics. I liked it immediately. It has opened doors."
Club / Team
Laucala Athletics Club: Fiji
Name of coach
Freddy Fatiaki [national]
Training Regime
He trains 12 hours per week.

International debut

Year
2016
Competing for
Fiji

General interest

Hobbies
Watching films, travelling, playing video games. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019, 27 Aug 2021)
Memorable sporting achievement
Competing at the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Most influential person in career
His father. (Athlete, 06 Nov 2019, 27 Aug 2021)
Hero / Idol
Fijian rugby players Jerry Tuwai and Semi Radradra. (Athlete, 27 Aug 2021)
Other sports
He has played Para badminton at international level and won a bronze medal at the 2018 Oceania Championships in Geelong, VIC, Australia. (sportstg.com, 26 Nov 2018)
Ambitions
To compete at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo. (abc.net.au, 30 Jan 2018)
Other information
PARA BADMINTON
He took up Para badminton in 2018 and three months later won a bronze medal at the 2018 Oceania Championships in Geelong, VIC, Australia. "My first sports events were javelin and shot put, but I really like badminton, it's very different. I play outdoors in Fiji, but it is very hard as we often play with strong winds and it can be hard to hit, but we have to try and battle against it." (sportstg.com, 26 Nov 2018)

LARGE FAMILY
He is the second youngest of eight siblings. (fijitimes.com, 07 Jul 2016)