ACS mourns fallen coach

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For­mer Adi Cakobau School’s Coca-Cola Games win­ning head coach, Komera Tuicakau has passed away. Yes­ter­day, mem­bers of the ACS fra­ter­nity were com­ing to terms with her death as she is re­garded as one of the school’s sport­ing icons. A for­mer PEMAC teacher and old scholar Tuicakau has left be­hind her mark in the hearts of her for­mer stu­dents, teach­ers and friends at ACS. She coached the school to their his­toric 12year reign in the Fiji Se­condary Schools an­nual Coca-Cola Games. For­mer ACS prin­ci­pal Rokobua Naiyaga said yes­ter­day, Tuicakau had set a stan­dard that would be hard for any other school coach to beat. “I re­turned to Adi Cakobau School as prin­ci­pal in the year 2000 and the last time ACS won the Coca-Cola tro­phy was in 1993,” she re­called. “In 2001 the school won back the Coca-Cola Games af­ter seven years and con­tin­ued for the next 12 con­sec­u­tive years. Komera was the main driv­ing force be­hind the school’s ath­let­ics suc­cess in those years and ACS is grate­ful to her for this out­stand­ing achieve­ment.” Naiyaga says, “Komera is an ACS old scholar and she un­der­stood how im­por­tant that tro­phy was to the school and the old schol­ars. She was a hum­ble and con­fi­dent teacher who worked qui­etly be­hind the scene. Her ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment in keep­ing things un­der low pro­file led to the school’s tri­umph in pub­lic. “I would like to pay trib­ute to Komera for her great con­tri­bu­tion to the devel­op­ment of ath­let­ics and sports in ACS. She was an out­stand­ing coach, an ex­cep­tional old scholar, a loyal col­league and I was priv­i­leged to have worked with her.” The ACS old girls took to so­cial me­dia to pay their re­spects and share mem­o­ries of the woman they looked up to as a coach, teacher, men­tor and mother fig­ure. She is sur­vived by her hus­band Waisake.

Funeral de­tails are still to be fi­nalised.

Komera Tuicakau.

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