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Fiji at the 2016 Summer Paralympics

Fiji competed at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 7 September to 18 September 2016.

Fiji at the
2016 Summer Paralympics
Flag of Fiji.svg
NPCFiji Paralympic Association
in Rio de Janeiro
Competitors2 in 2 sports
Summer Paralympics appearances



Some private funding supported Fijian participation at the Paralympic Games. $4,000 was donated to the team by the International School Suva.[1] These funds were raised as part of a Fun Day event run by the school.[2] Fiji Athletics received $5,000 in sponsorship in July 2016. This money was shared between Olympic and Paralympic athletics.[3]


The national team coach is Fred Fatiaki.[1]

Disability classificationsEdit

Every participant at the Paralympics has their disability grouped into one of five disability categories; amputation, the condition may be congenital or sustained through injury or illness; cerebral palsy; wheelchair athletes, there is often overlap between this and other categories; visual impairment, including blindness; Les autres, any physical disability that does not fall strictly under one of the other categories, for example dwarfism or multiple sclerosis.[4][5] Each Paralympic sport then has its own classifications, dependent upon the specific physical demands of competition. Events are given a code, made of numbers and letters, describing the type of event and classification of the athletes competing. Some sports, such as athletics, divide athletes by both the category and severity of their disabilities, other sports, for example swimming, group competitors from different categories together, the only separation being based on the severity of the disability.[6]


Athletes from Fiji tried to qualify for the Rio Paralympics. One such athlete was Varayame Naikolevu. He competed at the Melanesian Athletics Championship, and an IPC Athletics event in Brisbane, Queensland in the shot put but was unable to set a qualifying mark for the Rio Games.[7] Epeli Baleibau will represent Fiji in athletics at the 2016 Summer Paralympics in High Jump.[8][9]

Athlete Event Height Rank
Epeli Baleibau High Jump T45-47 1.70 11

Table tennisEdit

A Fijian had been invited to participate in table tennis at the Rio Games. Mere Rodan qualified for Rio after defeating Australia's number 1 ranked player. She did not use a sport specific chair in competition because she could not afford one. Table Tennis Fiji was actively trying to raise funds to acquire a specialized chair for her to use in Rio and to allow other table tennis players with disabilities to use back at home. Most of the chairs the organization has are donated day chairs.[10] Roden was Fiji's flag bearer at the opening ceremonies.[11]

Athlete Event Group Matches Quarterfinals Semifinals Final / BM
Rank Opposition
Merewalesi Roden Singles class 5   Jung (KOR)
L 0–3
  Lundbaeck (SWE)
L 0–3
3 Did not advance

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b SUSU, AQELA (August 7, 2016). "Paralympic team gets financial boost". Fiji Times Online. Fiji Times Online. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  2. ^ Turaga, Semi (August 6, 2016). "We are Set to Achieve Greatness | Fiji Sun". Fiji Village. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  3. ^ Conduit, Rox. "FBC News". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  4. ^ "Paralympics categories explained". ABC. 3 September 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  5. ^ "Making sense of the categories". BBC Sport. 6 October 2000. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  6. ^ "A-Z of Paralympic classification". BBC Sport. 28 August 2008. Retrieved 25 December 2015.
  7. ^ "For my mother — Fiji Times Online". Fiji Times. July 30, 2016. Retrieved August 24, 2016.
  8. ^ Vula, Timoci (19 July 2016). "Epeli's sleepless nights". Fiji Times Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  9. ^ Kearney, Aaron (2016-09-02). "From low point to high jump: Epeli's epic Paralympic journey". Retrieved 2016-09-13.
  10. ^ "Fiji table tennis assists paralympians — Fiji Times Online". Retrieved 2016-08-24.
  11. ^ "Full list of flag bearers for opening ceremony of Rio 2016 Paralympic Games". International Paralympic Committee. 7 September 2016. Archived from the original on 15 September 2016. Retrieved 12 September 2016.