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Tora’s rise

Nothing is impossible if you believe in your self says 19 -year old Mereoni Tora of Vatulaulau, Ba.
Tora who is the Vodafone national women’s team football player and plays at the center back’s position graduated with a Certificate III in Tourism and Hospitality from School of the Service Pro last week.
She has sacrificed a lot to achieve what she always wanted. Tora took her studies and football as a challenge together while in camp for the Vodafone national women’s team at Fiji FA Academy in Vatuwaqa for last two months.
“I am proud today that I am able to fulfill my dream taking up the challenge in playing football and completing my studies,”Tora said.
She believes her success came through the hard work and sacrifice.
“I really worked hard for a spot in the national team and my studies and my hard work paid off, “she said.
“I had to balance myself with both at training and studies but I think I took up the challenge with the support of my teammates and families,”
The former Kamil College student believes playing a sports kept a person mentally fit.
“I have been in the camp for the past two months and this has helped me physically and mentality fit as I have achieved what I wanted.’
Tora started playing football when she was in Year 9 at Ba Sanatan College.
“Actually I started playing football at my school but I believe football is in our blood as my mum was also a football player.
Tora now aims to do her best for the national women team win the OFC nation’s cup qualifier.
“After completing my certificate now I will put my focus more at training and would like to help my team qualify for the OFC Women’s play-off,”Tora said.
She was part of the Vodafone U19 team last year that won the Silver medal at OFC U-19 Championship and also finished second at the Mini Pacific Games last year.
National women’s football coach Marika Rodu urged other women football players to draw inspiration from such players

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