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DELANA Iliesa
Sport Para athletics
NPC Fiji   
GenderMen
Age33
Place of BirthMacuata, FIJ
Human Interest
Impairment Information
Type of Impairment
Limb deficiency
Origin of Impairment
Acquired
Classification
T42, F42
Further Personal Information
Residence
Fiji
Occupation
Politician
Languages
English
Higher education
Sports Science - Fiji Institute of Technology: Fiji
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport?
He took up the sport at Cuvu College in Sigatoka, Fiji.
Why this sport?
A British volunteer encouraged him to begin doing athletics.
Name of coach
Fred Fatiaki [national]
Senior International Debut
Year
2006
Competing for
Fiji
Location
Kuala Lumpur
General Interest
Hobbies
Sports, charity work, watching movies. (Fijians in Need Foundation Facebook page, 06 Jan 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto
"Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." [John F. Kennedy] (Fijians in Need Foundation Facebook page, 06 Jan 2013)
Awards and honours
He was inducted into the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee [FASANOC] Hall of Fame after winning gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. (foxsportspulse.com, 02 Aug 2013)

He was named the 2011 and 2012 Fiji Sportsman of the Year. (fijitimes.com, 03 Dec 2013)
Ambitions
To inspire other Fijians and make people's lives better. (fijisun.com.fj, 01 Feb 2013)
Impairment
He lost his leg at age three following a bus accident. (pacificdisability.org, 26 Jan 2009)
Other information
NATIONAL FIRST
He won Fiji's first Paralympic gold medal after finishing first in the F42 high jump at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. He was his country's only representative at the Games. (independent.co.uk, 09 Sep 2012)

OCCUPATION
He was elected a member of the Parliament of Fiji in 2014, and serves as assistant minister for youth and sports. (insidethegames.biz, 16 Dec 2014)

HERO'S WELCOME
Upon returning to Fiji after the 2012 Paralympic Games in London, he was welcomed home by thousands of people. Those waiting to congratulate him included President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau, who described him as a national icon. As a mark of appreciation, the Fijian Government built him a new house and the Reserve Bank of Fiji [RBF] launched a commemorative 50 cent coin in his honour. (fijitimes.com, 28 Sep 2013; paralympic.org, 28 Feb 2013)

Competition Highlights (historical)
Paralympic Games
Rank Year Event Result
1 2012 High Jump F42 1.74
World Championships
Rank Year Event Result
2 2011 High Jump F42 1.73