When Jasa Weds Vani
KOROTOGO CELEBRATES HERO’S BIG DAY
When Vani Grace Volavola married sporting hero and 7s Olympian Jasa Veremalua in Korotoga Village church last week, it was the culmination of a five year courtship. “Taumada au vakavinavinakataka vua na Kalou na gaunisala balavu keirau lako curuma mai kei Vani, sa mai vakavotukana na siga nikua (Firstly I would like to thank God for seeing Vani and I through our journey of courting and dating… the end result is what we see here today – our wedding),” Jasa said. And he was looking forward to the birth of their first child within the next few days. Jasa had turned down lucrative overseas contracts so he could continue wearing the white jumper of Fiji, and revealed that his love for Vani was another of the reasons he chose to remain here at home. “I know players want to go abroad for better offers but for me and Vani this is what we both wanted, to get married and see the birth of our first child,” he said. “I know there will be more opportunities and offers out there for me but first things first and for me now, my family comes first.” Not one to mince his words, Jasa said he had asked his coach and manager for time off – which meant his absence in the Las Vegas 7s.
“The birth of my first child is more important to me now than anything – I wouldn’t miss it for the world.” “My absence in the Las Vegas 7s will also give other players in the team a chance to prove themselves and their worth,” he added. “I will try and secure my place again in the team for the Hong Kong and Singapore leg of the series.” At 10am the bride arrived at the village and was accorded the ‘i vakasobu’ – a traditional Fijian welcome in which one of Jasa’s sisters, accompanied by his uncles, waited for the bride. She was then escorted to a house allocated to her and her family to prepare for the wedding. Vani is from Yadua village in Cuvu, Nadroga. She said she and Jasa were blessed to have their families celebrate their union. “I am so overwhelmed with what our families prepared. Some of them have gone all out for us and we are so grateful,” she said. Vani said she felt lucky to have met Jasa. “I am glad that Jasa has chosen to put us – me and seeing our first born – first instead of his career and I know he will be a good father and a good family man.” Vani added she understands that Jasa loves his rugby and will support him in whatever way she can. “After the birth, I think Jasa will go back to his rugby boots and I am his biggest fan so I will support him all the way.”
Jasa and his wife Vani lighting their union candle
Jasa and his wife Vani in church.
Jasa and Vani cut their wedding cake
Jasa and Vani enjoying their honeymoon at Tokoriki Resort