Flag bearer

Malia Paseka is Tonga’s Flag bearer at the Tokyo Olympics

The 21-year-old will be Tonga's first female Olympian to compete in Taekwondo. 

Paseka qualified early last year by winning gold in the Women's 67kg division at the World Taekwondo Oceania 2020 Olympic Qualifications tournament held in Australia.

She also claimed gold and bronze medals at the 2019 Pacific Games in Samoa. 


Tonga's flagbearer beams with pride at Commonwealth Games opening ceremony

Having represented New Zealand in Glasgow, the 24-year-old fighter will now be representing her dad, and coach Fili's homeland of Tonga in the women's 69kg class.

Holding the Tongan flag at the opening ceremony has made this Commonwealth Games even more special for Maka.

Before leading the 13-strong Tongan team into Carrara Stadium on the Gold Cast last night, the beaming flagbearer spoke to 1 NEWS' Kimberlee Downs.

"I feel blessed to be walking in with my team and to be leading them.

"It's an honour to be flagbearer for Tonga."