Waterboy Malakai Balenatoba will always cherishes the moment he spent with the Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team.
According to his dad Apisalome Waqatabu the 13-year-old was overcomed with emotions that he could not make it to Bauerfield International Airport in Port Vila to farewell the team on Saturday night.
“It’s one of my best times in life,” young Malakai told SUNsports.
The youngster took his task with much delight running on and off the field with a smile on his face, realising that he was primarily contributing to the campaign of the team. Despite losing 14-7 to Samoa in the gold medal final, that failed to dampen the high spirits of this Nadroga lad.
“I want to thank them for giving me the opportunity to be part of the team. This is a dream come true for me, just to watch them train and carry water for them,” he said.
Throughout their eight day stay at the Games village, Malakai gradually not only stormed his way into the team, but his eagerness to help out wherever he could won the hearts of the players and officials as they decided to rope him in as the waterboy.
He is currently living in Port Vila, with his parents but hopes to represent Fiji one day. in rugby
“Seeing them in person and learning from them is an experience I will never forget.”
However, Malakai only managed to say his goodbyes to the players over the phone and was in tears while talking to them.
The Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens team returned home yesterday as they settled with a silver medal.
Story by Fiji Sun