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Ravi­nesh Prasad from Raki­raki (team leader) Silina Rakanace from Nau­sori Sarah Va­ma­rasi from Lami Asaeli Tuikanawa from Galoa Vil­lage, Serua Fel­isha Pick­er­ing from Suva Akuila Tako from Vatuwaqa Maylin Chang from Valelevu Zal­man Mal­lam from Suva Jose­fata Biu from Vak­a­balea Road, Navua Miriama Botealagi from Suva Surendra Raaj from Suva Avikesh Ku­mar from Navua

Asaeli Tuikanawa will be go­ing on his first over­seas trip. But not just any trip. He will be part of the 29th Ship of the World Youth Lead­ers pro­gramme next year.

The 23-year-old is with a 12-mem­ber Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion who have been se­lected for the 33-day tour with youth lead­ers from 10 other coun­tries. The Galoa, Serua man said: “I was just lost for words as this is my first trip over­seas and more im­por­tantly rep­re­sent­ing Fiji on the in­ter­na­tional stage,” said a proud Mr Tuikanawa. Mr Tuiv­akanawa is the only one in the con­tin­gent from the ru­ral area. He is pur­su­ing vo­ca­tional stud­ies in agri­cul­ture. Sarah Va­ma­rasi is no stranger to pub­lic­ity and ad­vo­cacy.

But for the first run­ner-up in the 2015 Voda­fone Hibis­cus Queen, Ms Va­ma­rasi said be­ing able to rep­re­sent Fiji on the in­ter­na­tional stage was some­thing dif­fer­ent.

“It’s just an awe­some feel­ing to be able to do my coun­try proud with the rest of the 11 par­tic­i­pants,” said Ms Va­ma­rasi. The out­spo­ken 26-year-old has a Bach­e­lor of Arts in Jour­nal­ism and a Bach­e­lor of Laws (LLB) de­gree.

The del­e­ga­tion will join 240 youths from 10 coun­tries from Jan­uary 17 to 28 in Ja­pan for ori­en­ta­tion and pre­de­par­ture train­ing. They will then board at Port of Yoko­hama. The Ship for World Youth will then leave for Van­u­atu then to Auck­land, New Zealand. It ar­rives here on Fe­bru­ary 17 be­fore it leaves again on Fe­bru­ary 20.

As part of the Fi­jian del­e­ga­tion’s prepa­ra­tion, a ses­sion on team bond­ing is planned for later this month. Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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