September 23, 2021
Fijian and Melbourne Storm winger Tui Kamikamica has revealed that his family is his biggest motivation in life.
Kamikamica who sustained a severe back injury last year in the chase to feature in the NRL grand final, his dream got shattered.
But this year, the winger in an interview with Storm’s media said he is itching to feature for the Storm and is ready for the preliminary match against Panthers.
“It was the first-ever time I had surgery and I did not expect it. The only thing that motivated me is my family back home in Fiji. I just want to make them proud every time so every time I go out there I keep on pushing and get back on the field and play footy.”
“Having not seen my family for nearly two years now, it is really tough. My younger sister just gave birth to a little girl so I haven’t seen my little niece. But saying that we have face time now, I give them calls and stay in contact. Putting a smile on their face is what really matters for me.”
“For a couple of days, they are saying the borders will open up in November to go home to Fiji. If that does happen then yes I’m going home.
Kamikamica said being the 18th man and watching from the sideline was something he never hoped but the tables have turned and the footy is back on his toes for this year’s finals.
“Yes, it was one of those years with injury and stuff. I was part of the injury last year where I couldn’t leave my bed for two weeks. Couldn’t even walk so it was a tough period. Because I just started off the season well in the first couple rounds and then the suspense season came again.”
“The back injury was one of the worst things. I didn’t even know I could come back from playing for two weeks. I’m fortunate that the medical staff here gave me every opportunity to come back with a back injury and obviously I was playing back during the season.”
“I suffered an ankle injury again and that kind of pushed me back from playing in the finals. It was one of those year’s with injury but I’m so happy that I’m here a couple of days away from playing in the preliminary finals.”
He said the injuries did not deter him from giving his best shot for this season and is desperate to play in the finals.
“Obviously I was 18th man last year and leading up to the week I was just preparing like that. I was just trying my best to be fit and ready to go and watch from the sideline. I was so happy for the boys for doing a good job even though it was a tough match.
“I’m so happy that I got the chance this year. I’m just taking a week at a time. When I go through the tough times like last year with the injuries, I train for the pre-seasons. Coming back this year playing some good footy and now, I’m just grateful to get this opportunity to play in the finals. I can’t wait to be there and play with the boys.”
The Preliminary finals between Storm and Penrith Panthers will take place at 6 pm on Saturday.
By Romeka Romena