Wives, part­ners, par­ents

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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

Tau­ve­g­avega, Ba

Mr Marayawa will re­ceive a Parker pen

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