2017 Fiji Sports award nominee for para table tennis Mere Roden in Suva yesterday.Picture: RAMA
PARALYMPICS table tennis rep Mere Roden was lost for words when she was asked about how she felt on being a nominee for the for the Fiji Sports Council Awards.
Fiji’s leading title contender for para open Fiji Table Tennis Association was too excited to share her words with us.
“Wow! I just don’t know what to say at the momentâ€¦you knowâ€¦it’s just like being selected to go to Rio and I am just lost for words,” she said.
“I can’t believe it’s happening and that I’ve been selected as a nominee.”
The 49-year-old said she wanted to continue participating in table tennis even if she reached the age of 70.
Roden has also tried wheelchair volleyball and wishes to become a swimmer one day.
She highlighted despite being disabled it was not an excuse to embrace her dreams.
“Just one of my disabled colleagues invited me to play table tennis and the first time I tried it, I thought this is it because I’ve always wanted to be part of sports and when I got confined to a wheelchair, I thought that I would like to do something apart from advocacy,” she added.
Roden began her table tennis career in 2014 when one of her disabled friends invited her to play a friendly match.
The awards will be held on February 17 at the Vodafone Arena in Suva