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Fiji Sun - - Front Page - JUS­TINE MANNAN Edited by Osea Bola

Marika Koroi­bete mar­ried his girl­friend of three years, Emma Whippy at his vil­lage in Naraiyawa, Namosi yes­ter­day. “While he was at­tend­ing Nas­inu Se­condary School, he used to see me stand­ing at the bus stop near Gospel High School. “That’s where he first saw me,” Emma said. “When he went to Aus­tralia in 2011, he con­tacted me on Face­book and af­ter that we started meet­ing. In 2013 we started go­ing out, and three years later we are here with a beau­ti­ful son and now mar­ried.” Be­ing mar­ried to a high pro­file league player and now a Mel­bourne Rebels winger, Emma is ex­cited to see what the fu­ture holds for her and her hus­band but made it clear that fam­ily will al­ways be first. “I am ex­cited and so happy right now to see what is in store for us from here on,” she said. “I know the road will not be easy but as long as we have each other, con­tinue to love and be hon­est with one another that’s all we need and the only thing that mat­ters. “The fame and spot­light will not faze me,

“I have been do­ing it for the past three years so I can han­dle any­thing. “You just have to be strong, him be­ing in the Mel­bourne Rebels and train­ing with the Wal­la­bies will not be any dif­fer­ent from when he was in league. “As long as he stays hum­ble and keeps us first in his life’s pri­or­ity. Our son and I have to be first noth­ing else, his rugby and ev­ery­thing comes sec­ond.”

Ke­lesi a proud Mum

Emma’s proud mother Ke­lesi Whippy said it was a happy and sad mo­ment to watch her daugh­ter get mar­ried.

“It is a happy as well as a sad oc­ca­sion; I am happy be­cause it is a mother’s wish for her daugh­ter to be ap­pro­pri­ately mar­ried and sad be­cause I am los­ing a daugh­ter but it is not about los­ing but gain­ing a son,” Ke­lesi said.

“All in all I am quite emo­tional as all moth­ers would be when oc­ca­sion like this hap­pens but then I am rest as­sured that she is in very good hands. “We had Emma for 10 years be­fore we had our sec­ond child so she is very spe­cial to us.

“I will def­i­nitely miss her when she goes back to Aus­tralia.”

Proud mo­ment for Saini­ana

Marika’s mum Saini­ana Torika was in tears af­ter the wed­ding and said she is at peace now know­ing her son has set­tled down. “I am happy to­day for what my son has achieved. “We have planned for this wed­ding a few years back and to have it fi­nally hap­pen is a proud mo­ment,” she said.

“I am at peace that my son will set­tle down with his fam­ily.”

Photo: Jus­tine Mannan

From left: Rose­mary Mario, Emma, Rev­erend Luke Narabe, Marika Koroi­bete and Jesse Sua af­ter the wed­ding at Naraiyawa Vil­lage, Namosi, yes­ter­day.

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