Young man dares to dream

By Sarafina Sanerivi and Ilia L. Likou ,

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EYES ON THE MANU SAMOA: Junior Va’a from Vailele.

EYES ON THE MANU SAMOA: Junior Va’a from Vailele.

We all have aspirations in life. We have dreams and goals.

That is also the case for the 15-year-old boy from the village of Vailele, Junior Va’a.

He is a student at Leifiifi College.

Junior told the Village Voice that he has a lot of things he wants to achieve in life. 

But now, his mind and body is set to achieving his ultimate dream of becoming a rugby player.

“That’s want I want to do in life,” said Junior.

“Being a rugby player is something I have always wanted to do ever since I was young.

“I started playing when I was young with my friends in Primary school. I may not be as good as I should be, but my plan is to keep trying.”

Junior says he doesn’t want to play for any other team. 

If given the chance to be a professional rugby player, he will definitely be playing for one team only, and that is the Manu Samoa.

“When I was young, I was so into watching rugby on the television. That is the main reason why I want to be a rugby player.

“I’ve also seen how the game has evolved over time and I can see that it requires a lot of hard work and commitment.

“I am well aware that nothing in this life is easy and that we will not get anything by just hoping and staying home doing nothing.

“I know you need to sweat in order for you to achieve your goals. And for me, I don’t want to be just any rugby player.

“I want to be a Manu Samoa player. I know you are aware that most of the young boys in our country dream of wearing the blue jersey for Samoa.

“And I am one of those boys. I want to represent Samoa in rugby and I want to represent my family and village as well.

“We all know that children are the future of any country, and this would be my contribution to the future of Samoa. It is by representing our country in sports.”

However, Junior said he will not neglect his studies while pursuing his dream of becoming a rugby player.

“To me, I need to work hard in terms of studies as well.

“My parents want me to succeed and I too want to do well in school. Just because I want to pursue my passion for rugby doesn’t mean I will not study.

“You know education is the key to anything in life, and education is everything. I will try best to do well in both.”

As for his dream of becoming a rugby player, Junior believes that hard work and prayers will do the job for him.

“I know it’s not easy,” he said.

“I also know that it requires a lot of work and dedication. But I can do all things if I leave everything to God and if I work hard.

“That’s my plan for this year. To keep working hard and pray to God to guide me.”

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