Tonga's taekwondo coach Paul Sipata

I took up martial arts after I was bullied - Tonga's taekwondo coach Paul Sipata

Meet the Athletes is a series by Pacific Media Network that hears from some of the competitors heading to the games.

"Taekwondo is more than just martial arts, you learn to control yourself, you learn how to overcome struggles and hardships," said Master Paul Sipata, who will be representing Tonga.

Sipata adds it was because of his height, he was encouraged to take up the sport in the first place.

“I got bullied a lot because of my size. For rugby, I wasn’t the type of physicality that was required.”