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Pearls, Rebels Inspire

Former Wallaby Radike Samo and Melbourne Rebels teammate Sefanaia Naivalu attended the church service to welcome the Fijian Pearls in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday. Fijian Community Association Victoria president Vonivate
24 Feb 2015 12:11
Pearls, Rebels Inspire
Chillin’ out... The Fijian Pearls in Australia. Photo: Netball Fiji

Former Wallaby Radike Samo and Melbourne Rebels teammate Sefanaia Naivalu attended the church service to welcome the Fijian Pearls in Melbourne, Australia on Sunday.

Fijian Community Association Victoria president Vonivate Tawase Driu said it was an honour to host Fijians in the Rebels team as well as the Fijian Pearls, as their main aim was to involve the youths in sports.

“We are working hard to change the lives of our youths and we are glad to have Radike (Samo) and Sefa (Naivalu)

inspiring the youths and also the Fijian Pearls as well,” he said.

“It was a good opportunity to showcase these wonderful athletes to our youths here so that they develop the interest and want to be like these players too one day.

“Our youths need motivation and what better way to motivate them then to have good role models who have achieved a lot through sports present where they can interact with them and generate a natural interest in sport just by being around these players.

“We want them to take sports seriously and not just play for the sake of it but to develop themselves because we want to see them represent Australia or Fiji.”

The Fijian Community Association Victoria hosted the Fijian Pearls to a church service on Sunday in which 200 community members attended.

Driu said the Pearls presence was a delight for the members.

“The presence of the Fijian Pearls provided inspiration to youths who are in Victoria playing in their various sports to achieve what they want and aim high to also represent their country whether it is Fiji or Australia,” Driu said.

“We are always happy to have an opportunity to host any team from Fiji that come to Victoria.

“While they are down here to play their games, we have been getting a lot of calls from the Fijian community regarding details of the game, so we can say that the Fijian support will be there for the team.”

Having played the Waikato Bay of Plenty Kia Magic in New Zealand last week, they are currently in Melbourne, Australia playing two matches as warm-up games ahead of the Netball World Cup in Sydney in August.

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