Wives, partners, parents
The “Road to Rio” a journey started four years ago is now at the end.
It is with great pride and appreciation that we witnessed the welcome of Team Fiji back Home at Prince Charles Park then at the ANZ Stadium. One thing that stood out were the various people and organisations that were publicly acknowledged and thanked for their contributions.
There were their fellow athletes, the management, the sponsors, the Government, the private sector and the wider public for their varied contributions both great and small. In all these acknowledgements I would like to thank another group: the wives, partners and parents… their immediate family. Upon Team Fiji’s triumphant return they were welcomed by Fiji publicly and while the public support was overwhelmingly amazing, it is returning home, back to where they started, to finally share their achievements with those they love that makes it all worthwhile.
After all, their sacrifice is a sacrifice shared. This group are the ones that truly understand the sacrifices made, enjoying the good times and bravely facing the difficult ones. Immense acknowledgement and appreciation is also warranted for their contribution and their acceptance to share what they were part of with the rest of us mere mortals.
It is this group of wives, partners and parents that were their first supporters and it is this group that are the last to spend time with our conquering heroes. This group has had to; put weddings on hold, struggle looking after children, giving birth, celebrating birthdays alone, taking care of the mundane everyday worries, not to mention the separation, so our heroes could focus on being the best that they can be. And they are the best in the world! Though I cannot thank you all individually, your contribution is greatly appreciated. Levu vinaka for all for your sacrifice. I pray you be abundantly blessed and may you finally get to enjoy the quality time you so richly deserve. Apete Marayawa
Mr Marayawa will receive a Parker pen