Vanuatu’s Para-Olympic Committee is hoping the inspirational story of javelin thrower Friana Kwevira, who made history for country last month when she won the country’s first ever Commonwealth Games medal, will result in more investment in sports for people with disabilities.


Kwevira won a bronze in the para-athletics womens F46 javelin at the Games on the Gold Coast.

But she’d only started training in December last year after being ‘discovered’ at an identification day a few months earlier, having never picked up a javelin before.

Margaret McFarlane, Vanuatu’s Para-Olympic Committee President says the obvious talent, and subsequent success of Friana and her fellow athletes at the Commonwealth Games, proves that more money needs to be invested in disability inclusion in sports.

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