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For a sprinter, Theo Piniau certainly knows how to go the distance.
Every step of his athletics career has required determination and sacrifice but the 2018 Commonwealth Games also taught him resilience and acceptance.
At just 25 Piniau is an Olympian, international college student, and an Oceania Australia Foundation scholarship recipient.
"I'm really pleased with the performance," he says of his Games effort.
"I know that I am getting better and stronger. I was expecting and hoping to run a quicker time but this is acceptable for me because I am always happy with progress."
He has certainly progressed since discovering his speed on a soccer pitch in Rabaul could lead to a career in athletics.
Hear more from Theo on his journey of resilience from Oceania Australia Foundation scholarship recipient to international athlete.