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Takes A Village To Raise A Child: Mum

Durutalo is the first Fijian man to represent USA in the Olympic Games. Andrew Durutalo’s mother Alumita is grateful to everyone involved in the upbringing of her son. Andrew, a
20 Jul 2016 13:34
Takes A Village To Raise A Child: Mum
Andrew Durutalo fends off Jasa Veremalua during the 2015 World Sevens Series. Photo: Zimbio.

Durutalo is the first Fijian man to represent USA in the Olympic Games.

Andrew Durutalo’s mother Alumita is grateful to everyone involved in the upbringing of her son.

Andrew, a former Northland skipper, Fijian Warrior and currently playing for the Super Rugby franchise Sunwolves, was included by Team USA sevens rugby coach Mike Friday for the Rio Olympics next month. The USA will face World series champions Fiji, Argentina and hosts Brazil in Pool A at the Deodoro Stadium on August 9-11.

“To all our relatives in Fiji and around the world and also to our friends and friends of my son, Andrew Durutalo, we the Durutalo family in Dunedin New Zealand and Nadi, Fiji, would like to thank you so much for your contribution to Andrew’s life,” Alumita said.

“His name was the first to be announced aat the Olympic Training Centre in the USA as a member of the USA Olympics team to Rio de Janeiro 2016.

“It takes a village to raise a child and we thank everyone who has contributed to Andrew’s life. This is such a wonderful achievement for us as he is the first Olympian in our whole extended family.”

He will also be the first Fijian to represent USA in the Olympics

Vinaka vakalevu to his maternal family the Verebalavu family, the Senibulu family (Fiji/NZ), Seru Rupeni family (USA), Tupeni, Unaisi Baba and family (Guam/Fiji), Sereana Liku Vocea, (Dubai), Ilex Tora, Sinate (Tonga), Kuridrani family (Namatakula), relatives in Ba, Dakuivuna Village, Namena Village, Tailevu and Matuku, Lau.

“We also sincerely thank Andrew’s rugby coaches from Stella Maris Primary, Suva Grammar School, Northland Rugby, Hakuoh University in Japan, Sunwolves Super Rugby and the USA Eagles, San Diego.

“Thanks also to mataqali Waisale Serevi for also contributing to Andrew’s success.

“We sincerely thank all of you for your continuous support. Vinaka vakalevu, Malo vakalevu, Vina Du Riki. Much Love and God Bless you all.”

 

X-Factor, Pace, Power: Friday

“The squad itself represents the country on so many levels and is cosmopolitan in makeup, which is a true reflection of the country,” Friday  told World Rugby.

“The team is balanced in terms of physicality, power, X-factor and out-and-out pace. We possess great aerial presence and kickers who are able to exploit these skills. As along with the contact area, we see this as a huge area in the game.”

 Edited by Osea Bola.

Feedback: oseab@fijisun.com.fj

 



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