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Serea Wins Lady Bronco

It is not every day you come across a Fijian athlete who wins a prestigious collegiate award in the United States of America. One particular talented athlete named Mere Serea
29 Apr 2015 10:55
Serea Wins Lady Bronco
Mere Serea won the Lady Bronco Athlete of the Year award in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Nationals in New Mexico. Photo: Dan O’Connell

It is not every day you come across a Fijian athlete who wins a prestigious collegiate award in the United States of America.

One particular talented athlete named Mere Serea achieved just that yesterday at the New Mexico Military Institute.

And she is the second Fijian to win the Lady Bronco Athlete of the Year award in the National Junior Collegiate Athletic Association (NJCAA) Nationals in New Mexico.

The first being Ana Kaloucava, who won the award in 2013/2014.

The 19-year-old, who hails from Yaroi, Savusavu, said she was not expecting to win the award.

“I was not really expecting any award because I had other competitions from the other sports and athletes,” she said.

Serea has been named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) for Bronco Volleyball and has made it into the NJCAA All American team and All Conference team for the Western Junior College Athletic Conference.

The ex-Suva Grammar School student said getting to where she was now has not been an easy journey as volleyball was not her chosen sport from the start.

“Volleyball was not really my sport but after I got dropped from the Grammar Coke Games squad in 2010 I decided to play netball,” Serea said.

“It was during one of my netball tournaments that one of the Fiji Volleyball coaches told me to attend trials for the Asian Championship in Vietnam.

“I made it into the Kulawai volleyball team and after I returned, I started to play netball and volleyball for Suva Grammar in 2012.

“The Oceania National Olympic Committee (ONOC) recognised my talent and that’s where my journey really started.”

Being raised in a single parent household, Serea said it was not easy seeing her mum, Maca Dimanasoga struggled to provide for her.

“Seeing my mother and grandparents struggle for our daily needs was a hard thing to cope with,” Serea said.

“But I’m thankful and blessed that with the struggle made me stronger and encouraged me to work hard to provide the best for them in future.

“I want to dedicate this award to my mother, grandparents and especially to Oceania National Olympic Committee for giving me this opportunity.”

Serea currently attends New Mexico Military Institute and majors in Business Administration until she heads off to the University of Maryland in August.

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