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Matawalu Credits Late Father, Rugby Star Brother After Winning

Growing up with an older sibling who plays professional rugby it was only natural for Peni Matawalu to follow in the same career path. The 23-year-old was always inspired to
25 Jul 2020 10:47
Matawalu Credits Late Father, Rugby Star Brother After Winning
Peni Matawalu. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Growing up with an older sibling who plays professional rugby it was only natural for Peni Matawalu to follow in the same career path.

The 23-year-old was always inspired to be like his brother UK-based rugby player, Nikola Matawalu.

Before applying for recruitment with the Fiji Corrections Service he pursued rugby starting from his high school days at Lelean Memorial High School, to joining the Fijian Drua team and Fiji Warriors.

And so it was no surprise that his rugby training gave him an added boost to endure the tough 14-week basic recruitment training programme at Naboro.

As a result he was awarded the Best Recruit in Physical Training, yesterday.

Witnessed by his mother and siblings, he acknowledged his late father for the upbringing and his brother, Nikola, for the financial support.

Congratulating the recruits, Chief Guest Australian High Commissioner to Fiji, John Feakes, said the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the daily life of all Fijians including the life of the recruits.

After the completion of the recruitment training in May, the recruits were awarded their certificates and placed for work at various corrections institutions.

Two weeks ago they were recalled for additional training before the parade yesterday.

“These last few months have been strange the world over. The Fiji government has worked remarkably well to keep COVID-19 contained. The response by the government to COVID-19 is an example to many other countries. Fiji responded quickly and decisively,” Mr Feakes said.

“You’ve each earned your place here and you should feel proud knowing that you have accepted a great responsibility in your line of work – to foster a sense of community and acceptance among people who are undergoing rehabilitation.”

Director Rehabilitation Senior Superintendent, Salote Panapasa, said there are currently 2408 inmates in the care of the Fiji Corrections Service and the 32 recruits will increase the number of officers manning the 17 corrections centres around Fiji.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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