Go Fiji Go: How Fiji won its first Olympic gold medal
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In February 2016, Cyclone Winston struck the Fiji islands. It was the most powerful cyclone the country had ever experienced.Six months later, Fiji's sevens rugby team went to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Go Fiji Go is the inspiring story behind Fiji's first Olympic gold medal... read full description below.
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In February 2016, Cyclone Winston struck the Fiji islands. It was the most powerful cyclone the country had ever experienced. Hundreds of homes and schools were destroyed. Many people lost their lives. But Fijian people are resilient. They rebuilt. They recovered. Six months later, Fiji's sevens rugby team went to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Their goal: to win Fiji's first ever Olympic gold medal ... and bring joy to their nation. "Toso Viti Toso!" became a national chant. "Go Fiji Go!" Go Fiji Go is the inspiring story behind Fiji's first Olympic gold medal ... and the incredible joy it brought to the nation.
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David Riley grew up in Mangere, South Auckland. He attended Mangere College and later the University of Auckland where he graduated with a Masters in Social Anthropology. He has over 20 years' experience as a high school Drama and English teacher. He's also worked as a researcher and journalist and writes books and reading resources for teachers, parents and young people. He's written three plays and 22 books, including Jammin' with Steven Adams and Samoan Heroes, which won 2016 Storylines Notable Books Awards. David lives in Manukau, South Auckland, with his wife who is also a teacher and his two daughters .