Out Olympian Amini Fonua Thanks Rio Volunteers In The Best Possible Way

One of the bravest athletes competing in Rio is also one of the sweetest.

Out Tongan swimmer Amini Fonua spread cheer around the Olympic Village yesterday, handing out ice cream to the volunteers who worked tirelessly to keep things running smoothly.

“This is how we do in Tonga—show our appreciation to the workers with ice cream,” he said, handing an ice cream bar to a volunteer at the tennis courts.

About to watch some beach volleyball bae-bee

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Said Fonua: “We love you Brazil, we love the volunteers. Thank you for all the hard work you’re doing; some of us appreciate what you do for us. So we give you ice cream— the easiest way to make friends is with ice cream.”

Walking away in search of another volunteer, Fonua added: “It’s hot, and he needed an ice cream. And a thank you.”

Fonua is one of the bravest athletes at the Games, representing Tonga even though homosexuality is illegal and punishable by up to ten years in prison there.

He first made headlines in 2013 when he came out as gay at conservative Texas A&M University, and again last week when he publicly condemned the Daily Beast’s infamous Olympic Grindr article.

He’s also a pretty incredible Instagrammer. Check out more of his finest work below.

"What'dya say bout me brah?" by @jasontranphotography by @sachinmahi

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Sneak Peek Photographer @jasontranphotography Styling @sachinmahi

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Rise n Grind #instagay

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Hiked a crater on Saturday

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Lifeguard Papi by @brianthezebra

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Matthew Tharrett is a writer, filmmaker, and above all else, a Britney fan. He once shared a milkshake with Selena Gomez.
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