Olympic gold medalist Asaeli Tuivuaka has paid tribute to his mother for always supporting him in his 7s career.
Growing up was not easy for Tuivuaka after losing his father when he was 14 and his mother looked after the whole family.
He says he is lucky to have a mother who took up that role and kept pushing and supporting him throughout his rugby career.
Tuivuaka says although he did not have a good education, he is thankful for the support of his family, village, friends and workmates that has enabled him to reach where he is now.
The 25-year-old from Namosi says he went to the Olympic Games to prove why the coaches have chosen him and also to show that hard work and determination is the key to becoming successful.
Tuivuaka began his rugby career with the St Gabriel Club from Nakavika village and later joined the Wardens 7s team because he was looking for employment.
He also featured for the local rugby 7s giants Tabadamu Rugby in some tournaments.
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