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Promotion For Gold Medallist

The Fiji Corrections Service has promoted Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens Olympic gold medal winner Kitione Taliga. This was announced by Commissioner of Corrections Commander Francis Kean during their celebration
03 Sep 2016 10:44
Promotion For Gold Medallist

The Fiji Corrections Service has promoted Team Fiji men’s rugby sevens Olympic gold medal winner Kitione Taliga.

This was announced by Commissioner of Corrections Commander Francis Kean during their celebration in Naboro yesterday.

“As of today from Corrections Officer Class C, Kitione Taliga is promoted to Corrections Officer Class B,” Kean said.

He also confirmed a pay increase for Team Fiji women’s rugby sevens winger Raijeli Daveua.

“Although Raijeli did not win a medal, she has become an Olympian so we’ve increased her salary from $14,000 per annum to $17,000.”

The duo were also presented undisclosed sum of money as a token of appreciation.

Kean who is also Fiji Rugby Union board chairman said as part of one family they have been behind Taliga and Daveua right from the time they were training at the Uprising Beach Resort.

“We’ve been praying for them and during their farewell function I had told them whatever they achieve in Rio is going to change their lives forever.

“It will bring in bigger and better things. Also they should be aware it could also bring in poverty and destruction.

‘That is why they need to choose wisely. To choose wisely they need to seek divine intervention.”

Speaking on their behalf, Daveua said the training they went through recruitment helped them overcome all the difficulties during their training camp.

“Your prayers also kept us going as well and whatever we faced here also kept us strong,” she said.

Daveua pointed out that when the men’s rugby sevens team won the gold medal a lot of people came to them wanting to know more about Fiji.

“We had to explain it to them,” she added.

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