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Pita Taufatofua and Paula Sitapa Interview July 2021

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[Music] [Applause] [Music] thinking about learning tongan or you’d like your children to be taught the tongan language look no further than the queensland tongan language school the queensland tongan language school offers a diverse tongan language course covering reading writing listening and most importantly speaking our team of dedicated teachers deliver six lessons during school term including face-to-face classes in logan on brisbane’s south side for our joeys or preschoolers koalas our primary school students and our wombats or high school students but that’s not all to ensure flexibility we deliver online as well with our brumbies or adult beginners class and our emusal second year adult class and our crocodiles or master class for those who want to learn advanced tongan enrollments are welcome for our online classes from across australia and around the world all students are welcome to attend alcalapotalanoa or weekly informal conversational club to practice speaking tongan with our community elders don’t forget our pen pal program with friends of tonga just another great way to learn enroll today at brisbanetongancommunity.com forward slash qtls or drop us an email to brisbane tongan community gmail.com the queensland tongan language school today’s reef is tomorrow’s land enroll today and start your journey learning the tonga language [Music] [Music] we save the world pasopika tv and radio are on the lookout for innovative and creative minds to help save and shape the future of our pacific through programming technical experience and exciting community developments through our multimedia platforms with a dynamic team of over 30 volunteers across australia and the pacific we contribute in our spare time to a vision that includes bringing a pacific perspective shining a light on our culture our spirituality our language our people and our stories if you have a skill you’d like to share a passion to build want to add some work experience to your resume from home or in brisbane then we’d love to hear from you fluency in a pacific language is an advantage but not a necessity share your idea and let us know who you are by facebook messenger or email passiveigaonair gmail.com if we save the pacific we can influence the entire world if we save the pacific we can influence the entire world but it [Music] to all of our tongans who are tuning in across the globe and across australia welcome to pacifica tv and radio and our telenor program i’m suryani and very very pleased to be joined in to welcome to our program coming to you live from brisbane queensland in australia with our tongan olympian peter talford ford jr and his coach master paolo sitapa i’d like to welcome both of you to the program mala musical we might start with you peter the 32nd olympiad is due to start on the 23rd of july in tokyo in japan could you tell us a little bit about what events that you’re going to be competing in this year so i’m i’m currently qualified for taekwondo so i qualified in february of last year and it’s been about a year and a year and a few months but i was also training for sprint kayak to try and qualify but i wasn’t able to go across to the qualification tournament in russia due to the the lockdowns so um you know i missed that qualification tournament but because i’m heading over there i’m gonna try and uh and and d and do the tongan way and find the boat and paddle it anyway i was gonna ask you that question about that because i have seen on your social media you have been doing a lot of kayaking training and and so on so you are still gonna aim towards when you get this if there’s a pathway to being kayaking and taekwondo or is it just part of your taekwondo training the kayaking i’m you know when when you come from tonga you always find a way you know you have to find a way you have to search for a search for the impossible in some way and you know we’re going to be over there anyway for taekwondo so i guess the goal is to go over there the original goal was to be the first person in history to compete in three different olympic sports and we just couldn’t get to the qualifier so we’re not giving up yet you know tongans don’t give up so easy so we will uh we’re going to give it a shot that’s awesome it’s excellent here [Music] i know foreign you just mentioned peter before about not being able to make some of those um comps overseas like you mentioned in russia and so on so i guess um one of the questions would be is um how has that impacted your preparations um no i guess not just this will affect a lot of athletes around the world but how does this impact your preparations for taekwondo not being able to get around or kayaking to some of these world comps um i so it certainly impacts my my preparation because i i haven’t been able to go to comps and you know you’re i’m when i go into the olympics i i believe that i’m going to be fighting against the world champion in my first fight um that’s how the the seeding structure works and to go from to go from competing in a you know in local competition in australia it’s all of a sudden you’re in the olympics against the world champion the best kicker in the world who’s trying to take your head off um and to not be able to go to comps and prepare for that is very difficult but in saying that i i believe everyone’s going through similar sort of things uh we’re stuck in australia so we only get to compete with people here maybe if you’re in europe there’s a few more options of of fighting with um or preparing for other fighters from around europe but um yeah it’s difficult but difficult for everyone um i think in in terms of i guess your your overall preparation and journey to where you guys are both at today i might start with bowler then come back to you on this question [Music] [Music] [Music] me personally what has been some of i guess some of the challenges or difficulties that you’ve come up against in your personal preparation uh towards the 32nd olympiad in tokyo japan pretty much everything i mean it’s it’s kind of the it’s kind of part of the part of the process to go into the olympics is the acknowledgement that there’s going to be a lot of stuff which is going uh not quite the right way that you you know that you wanted to there’s there’s been injury um uh you know we uh you know struggle with the financial issue tong is a tonga’s a a country which um which is doing its best to help support us but there’s been some challenges and in in some funding and it’s um so that’s happened kind of along the way and and injury and then we’re all stuck with because of covet but um i don’t even look at the i don’t even look so much at the challenges anymore because it’s just it feels like that that’s just the process right that’s just the process for us to actually get to the olympics is to go through one after the other challenge um so we we we get excited when we see a new challenge we prefer not to but we you know we we’ve changed our focus to be like that’s in front of us we’re talking we’ve got to go right through it that didn’t go to plan we’re talking keep going keep going forward when everything is trying to push us backwards oh yeah now i know that this olympics is very unique apart from covert but i guess linked to covet is the fact that there’ll be no spectators uh those starting from the opening ceremony supposedly there’s going to be no spectators there either than the television cameras and all of us screaming from home from around the world but i guess that i would i would suspect that as athletes you would get you would draw some level of motivation from crowds that are cheering seeing tongan flags out in the in the stadium um how how do you feel this is going to i mean how do you guys feel about the fact that you’re going to go there and there’s going to be empty stadiums i mean it’s every athlete wants their wants their parents wants their brothers their sisters their cousins their friends as many people as can travel to the olympics to be there for them whether they do really well or whether they don’t do so well they still want that support they still want to know that there’s people cheering so putting that aside there’s not much we can do about this about this now you know we’re going to go into a match i’m going to go in i want to fight a world champion and it’s going to be quiet the only thing you’re going to hear and i was having a laugh with uh master paul about this the only thing you’re going to hear is um coach paul yelling at me keep your hands up ah so if you um if if you see a bucket thrown across then that’s coming from coach paul so it’s going to be a little bit different but we you know it’s when something’s out of our control we can’t worry about it it’s just we know that the spirit of the tongan people can be watching we know everyone’s going to be watching um we know there will be six to seven billion people tuned into their tvs at some stage for the olympics for all the athletes from the different countries so everyone will be there in some way absolutely um go [Music] foreign foreign foreign foreign were calls at some point along the line there for japan to cancel these olympic games in fact they were postponed from last year to this year um as an athlete and then you’ve been exposed to several olympic games now how important is the olympics to mankind the i can’t think of any other celebration of humanity where every some representative from every country in the world the best of every country comes together to compete on uh you know to compete in sport and then to not just to compete but to bring humanity together in some way i don’t know of a single other event that does that like the like the olympic games so it’s it’s much more than sport it’s about it’s about showcasing the ability of the human spirit to overcome challenge and sport is the vehicle to get there but it’s about showcasing the human spirit and how strong it can be we’re representatives of our country but we’re also representatives of you know the struggles we go through the same struggles that everyone else is going through in some way and if we showcase that we just keep going through the struggles um then maybe someone watching will push a little you know we’ll push through theirs and to me that’s what that’s the ultimate purpose of the olympic games it’s awesome now i know that um rio you almost you broke twitter and and so forth carrying the flag for for the island kingdom you also competed in the winter olympics as well in pyeong pyeongchang i think it’s how you say it um in the winter olympic games apologies to the koreans tuning in are you carrying our flag for tonga this year or have they got someone else in mind for 2021 i’m i’m not i’m not involved in the in the selection process so i just i just stay back and leave that up to the um you know up to the organizing committee um once you know once they choose who the flag bearers are because there’s going to be i believe there will be a female and a male a few millennial male yeah once they choose that and then we you know then we become aware of it um you know i’ll be happy i’m excited to see a female carrying the flag as well you know it’s it’s it’s time for women sports to be lifted up in in tonga around the world but especially in tonga right it’d be really nice to see women’s sports lifted up so you know to see a female flag bearer that would bring me joy uh you know in in in in a different way and i know that um every athlete has a bit of a time limit in terms of how you can’t get olympic games for the rest of our life um what are you wanting to achieve for yourself in terms of i guess the olympics in terms of as an athlete uh before you kind of get to that point where you’re gonna sort of call it a day from from i guess you know global representation in the olympics um i think i was in being the grave when i called it [Laughter] the i i’ve always been about trying to challenge myself to the next level to the next level when i so in taekwondo if i feel i feel the version of me today can beat any version of me before right and when i no longer feel that then that’s when i you know probably call that a day but i’m super excited about the kayaking event as well now with this olympic games the goal was to be first person in history three sports like no one’s done this right and if somehow we find a way to you know just sprint kayak then you know that’s like that’s like 100 gold medal well to me that’s what it feels like to me to be the only person coming from tonga to be the only person to you know to do that um when will i call it a day olympic wise i have this feeling for for if if brisbane wins it to bring it back to outside of the outside of the world and then call it a day but throughout that whole process we’re going to be transitioning on the young people the youth to you know challenging them to come and take our spot you know i’m happy for the day when someone beats me in in in taekwondo or kayak or whatever that is because it’s now time for the next generation when that happens but until that day i’m going to keep putting the pressure on them to help them reach whatever that next level is um but you know when that day happens i’ll be i’ll be like we you know we did something we push that level to the you know we help them reach that and that’s that’ll bring us joy oh yeah that’s a good segue to my next question [Music] um foreign i know that your focus is on the olympics right now but after the olympics what happens in the immediate after the olympics you know is there regional comps that you probably can’t go to at the moment depending on the cover situation commonwealth games there’s other things in the horizon sort of for getting coveted for a moment what would normally be happening after an olympics you have six months off and and then get back into it again um what does it look like for you well if i have six months off i’m gonna spend five months washing the oil off but um so so i’ve started a i’ve started uh doing motivational speaking at different uh events so i just recently did a job for intel so doing motivational speaking at 300 people and then helping them go through the they’re getting a lot of people going through a tough time now and there’s going to be a lot of transition in the world just in general and and people are doing it tough so um so i’m going through this motivational speaking thing and we’re doing corporate um uh corporate events uh we’re pushing very hard in in the kayaking as well you know you might see that from social media we’re trying to do that we’ll be um setting up the the kayak federation in tonga oh wow yeah and the uh and one of the dreams this has been a dream and i’ve spoken to you about this and master paul knows about this one is to and i’m going to use the i guess the exposure from this olympics this is this is kind of my bigger goal for the any kind of exposure from this olympics to um to build a a training center an olympic training center for the youth of tonga wow starting in tonga where you know we start with uh taekwondo so any kid in tonga can come and train for free wow you know within any of the youth can come and train for free so that it’s no longer a barrier you know having the facilities having the you don’t have to go overseas to be able to have those facilities um and with that i want to be bringing in uh the best coaches to do workshops you know the best whatever the sport is whether it be you know in um in taekwondo in kayaking and even you know bodybuilding whatever it is that the tongans are passionate about bringing in the best from around the world to come and do free stuff for the kids there’s no clinics and work clinics and workshops and and ultimately inspire them to want to be something greater and um so that’s that’s what i’m wanting to do with this um you know we uh we’re going to be actually i’ll probably already speak about that later but we’re going to be trying to do some fundraising to be able to to build these facilities and that’s kind of as soon as the olympics is finished my mindset is going how are we going to build free facilities for the kids of tonga and then we’ll move around the pacific let’s let’s hit tonga first and then you know test how we do it fine-tune it then we move to other areas of the pacific i love it i love that vision and that’s very exciting to hear about that and also the option of bringing people from overseas so instead of us going overseas bringing overseas to tonga uh you know which is really good clinics and developing our youth so it seems like the vision is really moving to the grassroots and for developing the next line of generation coming up through the ranks as well um i’ll hit paula with a question here um [Music] [Laughter] [Music] um i’m going to give you a question peter which you can think about then i’ll come to pola while you think about your response because i want to hit you with a hard question on the spot kind of thing my question that i’ll be coming to you about is um mental health um slightly off the topic here but just something you know you mentioned being a motivational speaker i know that there are people watching i believe personally that the olympics represents a lot of hope for humankind and and like what you were sharing before um at a time when the world’s probably we could say we’re all in a bit of a low it’s a high and it’s something for us to look forward to and it brings countries together and and so forth so um i’ll come back to you in a moment but just just have a think i’m about that point i’m coming over um to paulo for a moment [Music] foreign foreign it’s a hopeless world in some regards at the moment with what’s going on a lot of people in in the last 12 months have lost close family members and so forth looking at the olympic games we want something to hope for what’s some words of inspiration you can share with um our global family at these upcoming olympic games it’s very hard for me to say anything after hearing paul because master paul has been you know just listening to him thank everybody and you know it’s it reminds me of no not yet it reminds me of what the olympics is about right that it’s not just an athlete going competing it’s an athlete a coach trainer uh you have you know you have media your family you have we got tasa who helped us all the way through um you got the government all the people who are excited to watch so it’s a you know it reminds me that it’s a big team effort so in regards to your question about um you know mental health and and what what i have for people is is look for the hope look for the hope in the in the difficult times because there’s always hope there’s always a light somewhere you might be you might be facing into a corner turn around find that light find it wherever it is um you know we’re we’re christian people he’s a he’s a better christian than me i try i try to do better every day um you know so we pray and and and you know we appreciate all the prayers from everyone who’s who’s going to be supporting us [Music] you know our light is certainly comes from a higher place but i believe that you know even in the darkest times there’s a light somewhere we just have to turn around and and find it find out where it is and i and i believe that i believe that and i believe the olympic games will showcase a lot of that um through the athletes struggles and and hopefully someone over there someone watching get something from that that’s awesome inspirational before we do our shout outs um maybe just quickly um um um foreign um [Music] [Music] foreign [Music] who you may not you might just talk to on the phone on zoom calls etc but um it’s a chance now to we’re alive right now and this will also be repeated um on the internet as well but your chance just to say some shout outs to anyone you want to acknowledge um here’s your opportunity bro let me just grab my list get the scroll out ah shout out first and foremost to my father who’s over in tonga um my father’s gone through a a tough time lately and he hasn’t been able to visit the family or us visit him so shout out to my father over in tonga and across to my mother my mother’s had a had a very tough year um so shout out to you mom and dad uh to all the family over in tonga and to everyone in tonga and around the world who’s going to be supporting us you know we we do the best that we can and we we know that you’re all out there uh sending your your love and your offers to us so shout out to all you guys and my kids back home for supporting me and allowing me to be here i don’t rob myself i think your wife just brought a few stars on our live stream when you said that to my clubs in new zealand for supporting me and to all my friends um shout out to all the families in tonga uh and all those supporters in tonga we going to represent us all awesome well on behalf of pacifica tv and radio and i guess i speak for the wider tongan community across all of australia and the world as well we’re all 100 behind both yourselves as well as the rest of our tongan team and the pacific teams that are going to represent over there at the 32nd olympiad in tokyo japan we wish you godspeed and all the best particularly to have a very safe games covert free games that you all come back healthy back to wherever you respectively reside [Music] stapa master polished up our coach for our very own peter dalford ford jr thank you so much for coming on the program today and availing your busy time i know you’re busy preparing you’re getting ready to travel and and you’re going to have that many covert tests in the next few weeks that’ll probably drive you a little bit insane but on behalf of all of us here we really appreciate your time thank you so much for coming in it means a lot to us and to also to our viewers how many nurses are there in australia what’s the average income of someone living in inner sydney how many people in samoa live in queensland what are the top 10 occupations of tongans in australia what services we get how they are funded and where they’re delivered depends heavily on statistics the australian bureau of statistics are conducting the 2021 census on the 10th of august this year it’s important our pacifica community has a voice and fills out the census forms accurately to ensure we are represented when government allocates funding services language support and other assistance in the future whether you’re a citizen or not whether you’re here temporarily or permanently the 10th of august 2021 is a snapshot of australia for the census that will shape and impact future generations for more information check out www.abs.gov au census 2021 it’s time for the pacific to be counted census 2021 it’s time for the pacific to be counted [Music] once said if we save tuvalu we save the world pasifika tv and radio are on the lookout for innovative and creative minds to help save and shape the future of our pacific through programming technical experience and exciting community developments through our multimedia platforms with a dynamic team of over 30 volunteers across australia and the pacific we contribute in our spare time to a vision that includes bringing a pacific perspective shining a light on our culture our spirituality our language our people and our stories if you have a skill you’d like to share a passion to build want to add some work experience to your resume from home or in brisbane then we’d love to hear from you fluency in a pacific language is an advantage but not a necessity share your idea and let us know who you are by facebook messenger or email passivewigaonair gmail.com if we save the pacific we can influence the entire world if we save the pacific we can influence the entire world but it starts with us as an olympian i know what it’s like to push for your personal best to go beyond the limits of endurance and to be faster higher and stronger as a tongan and a pacific islander i come from a generation of ocean warriors traditional navigators and natural pioneers giving up is not in our vocabulary pacifica tv and radio is a voice for our pacific people sharing our stories our traditions our culture our language and a message of hope for our people by our people show your support and build with us as we power forward to the finish line [Music] thinking about learning tongan or you’d like your children to be taught the tongan language look no further than the queensland tongan language school the queensland tongan language school offers a diverse tongan language course covering reading writing listening and most importantly speaking our team of dedicated teachers deliver six lessons during school term including face-to-face classes in logan on brisbane south side for our joeys or preschoolers koalas our primary school students and our wombats or high school students but that’s not all to ensure flexibility we deliver online as well with our brumbies or adult beginners class and our emus or second year adult class and our crocodiles or masterclass for those who want to learn advanced tongan enrolments are welcome for our online classes from across australia and around the world all students are welcome to attend alcalapotalanoa or weekly informal conversational club to practice speaking tongan with our community elders don’t forget our pen pal program with friends of tonga just another great way to learn enroll today at brisbane brisbanetongancommunity.com forward slash qtls or drop us an email to brisbanetongancommunity gmail.com the queensland tonga language school today’s reef is tomorrow’s land enroll today and start your journey learning the tonga language


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