23-year-old Niuean boxer Duken Holo Tutakitoa-Williams along with his team, including his coach Lolo Heimuli, arrived on the island earlier this afternoon.
Praises of joy from family and friends welcomed the young athlete at the airport as he was greeted with beautiful handmade cultural necklaces and a fresh coconut.
Duke’s visit to the island is in due respect and honour for his historical achievement in winning Niue’s first Commonwealth Games medal at the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games in July – August.
According to Acting Premier Hon. Sauni Tongatule in the Fono Ekepule held in September last month, the government will be awarding a monetary reward to the young boxer for his historical success at the Birmingham Games.
His memorable victory with Cook Island boxer Michael Schuster in his heavyweight quarter-finals bout at the Birmingham Games guaranteed Duke with a bronze medal and marked his place in the history books.
Despite a tough fight in his semi-finals, the young Niuean boxer represented the nation with pride and fought with all his might.
Niue has not been successful in securing a medal at the commonwealth games since first participating in the Manchester 2002 Commonwealth Games more than twenty years ago.
But this year, Duke has made the history books as the first-ever Niuean to win a commonwealth games medal.
A major success for himself, his family, his team, the community and the people of Niue who are very proud of his success.
BCN News will provide updates of his visit while on the island.