Vision & The Right Attitude Makes A Champion
Having a vision is important, but what is more important is having the right attitude every day to ultimately achieve the goals necessary to make that vision a reality, a rule Team Fiji Karateka Joji Veremalua lives by.
The 24-year-old Vatulele, Nadroga native is the latest Sports and Training Outreach Programme Champion.
“Being a Champion is about influence, how we can use our influence as sportsmen and women to create a better environment for the people around us,” Joji said.
“I choose to be Champion because I did not have that same positive influence growing up and I would like to change that for my siblings that look up to me.”
Joji is the eldest of four siblings and is extremely focused on what he envisions as his future.
He is already a qualified aircraft engineer and has won a host of medals in his chosen sport of Karate in the Oceania Region.
Joji said he wanted to create a future for himself and for the family he hopes to have in the near future.
“I’ve always wanted to be a family man but I know that I would have to make something of myself and for the future family I hope to have,” he said.
“This is why I wanted to focus on my education and trying to better myself as a person moving forward.”
He said in order to be a good example he would have to surround himself with positive people who he said was why he will always be thankful to the Karate family in Fiji and STOP.
“My karate family gave me discipline and a sense of pride while STOP has allowed me to open up about issues which face a lot of people especially those in my age group,” Joji said.
“I’ve seen a lot of youth in their prime living a lifestyle that sometimes make me mad but I know to change that I need to lead life by example and to start first with my family and friends.”
Joji is currently doing all that he can to ensure that he qualifies for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan in the year 2020.
Pics: Joji (Red) competing in a regional tournament