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Waqa Gets Blues Award

Solomoni Waqa is a proud man after his son Taniela Waqa was awarded the 2015 St Peter’s College Blue award for rugby in New Zealand. The 18-year-old former student of
24 Oct 2015 08:31
Waqa Gets Blues Award
Taniela Waqa (right), shows his St Peter’s College Blue award. Standing next to him is his relative Imeri Qasevakatini.

Solomoni Waqa is a proud man after his son Taniela Waqa was awarded the 2015 St Peter’s College Blue award for rugby in New Zealand.
The 18-year-old former student of Lelean Memorial School was awarded a scholarship to attend the Auckland school in January this year.
This was after a Youtube video of Taniela rugby highlights caught the attention of St Peter’s College.
“We are very proud of Taniela’s achievement and I thank the Lord for guiding him all along especially while he was in NZ,” Solomoni said.
“Receiving the Rugby Blue Award in a country where rugby is like a religion is an achievement on its own and being able to achieve it in his first year in NZ speaks volume of his personal development and perseverance to be the best.
“And for that I am humbly honoured and would like to thank the Lord for blessing Taniela.
“He is very responsible, respects his elders and friends, very humble, down to earth and soft spoken off-the-field. But once on the field he is totally different. He prefers staying home and resting rather than stay up late with friends.”
Waqa or Dan as he was called by his friends said he never believed he would have this opportunity.
“This opportunity comes once in a lifetime and I am blessed and I hope and pray to continue my studies which are my first priority.
“I am grateful to my parents for the support and my brothers and I know I am setting a good example.”
The Ketei, Totoya, Lau lad was the headboy at Nasinu Gospel Primary School in 2010 and a member of the school U9 – U13 rugby teams.
He was a member of the Oceania AFL team to tour Australia in 2013/2014. He was the deputy headboy at Lelean in 2014 and has een the team captain for his team from U15 – U17 in both Rugby League and Union.
He was a member of the school’s athletics team in Lelean and has continued at St Peter’s College he had to pull out of the Regional athletics team to focus on the NZ National Secondary School 7s in December. He received accolades from his teachers this year and was awarded the most disciplined student last term.
He was due to return home in December but has been offered a place at the college to further his studies and continue his rugby career



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