Adi Sera Still Chasing Her Dream

She is sometimes the first face that greets you when you visit our Fiji Sun head office in Walu Bay, Suva. Adi Sera Naceva, 29, works as a security guard
04 Sep 2017 16:37
Adi Sera Still Chasing Her Dream
Adi Sera Naceva working inside the security booth at the front entrance of the Fiji Sun head office at Walu Bay, Suva. Photo: Mere Satakala

She is sometimes the first face that greets you when you visit our Fiji Sun head office in Walu Bay, Suva.

Adi Sera Naceva, 29, works as a security guard under Professional Security Services (PSS) hired by the this newspaper.

Her story and humble upbringing is one worth telling and her love for sports especially volleyball, martial arts, and now rugby is one that has kept her in the right track all these years.

Ms Naceva is still chasing after her dream of becoming a soldier and one that she won’t give up on.


Ms Naceva is originally from Levuka and has maternal links to Lomanikoro in Bua, Vanua Levu.

She grew up in Qauia, Lami and is the eldest of five siblings. She attended Laucala Bay Secondary School.

When she was young, her father got in trouble with the law and spent time in jail so she had to go and live with relatives from her mother’s side, who bought her up and became her second family.

“People looked at me differently after my dad went to jail when I was young, but I couldn’t be bothered so playing volleyball became a distraction.”

Her love for volleyball began in her yasayasa (neighbourhood) started when she was 11.

“I just loved the skills and moves that people in the court do. At first I was scared of the crowd playing, but then I just got used to it.”

She was then selected to be part of the neighbourhood team called Q as a libero and would take part in many tournaments.

She was part of the LBSS high school team and they won all their titles all those years.

“I learned most of my skills from National Volleyball rep, Apenisa Saukuru who use to coach us back in the days.

“I was in the same team as National Volleyball rep, Anaseini Seniloli and we would be secondary school champions until we left high school.”

She said during those days it was a struggle to get extra money for training expenses so she got a job and she would shine shoes with the team in the city as well.

Her position in the team was a power spiker and a libero.

“My adopted parents would tell me it was a waste of time with sports and concentrate on my studies instead,” she said.

However, her love of sports paid off when she was awarded a three year sports scholarship in Marshall Islands in 2013 after she left high school.

She said it was a great opportunity to develop her skills and knowledge and later she met a local martial arts instructor, Lote Rasiga who introduced her to the martial arts sport.

“The sport fascinated me as it required more strength and self-defence skills that was different from volleyball.”

While there she was taught by Lenora Qereqeretabua and she became part of a team that travelled the region teaching students and schools about the sport.

It took her three years to attain her black belt and once she started touring the region she was paid for it as well. She is also part of the krav maga group.

She returned home in August last year and still does training for martial arts.

“It was hard attaining the black belt as the training was tough and not only required physical, but mental strength as well.”

Chasing her dream

Ms Naceva has found that one of the best thing about being a security guard is meeting new people who come to the office.

“My main priority is to protect the employees of Fiji Sun and make ensure their safe at all times.

She now has added rugby as part of her activities and is part of the Central Chief team in Suva playing as locks. She also underwent trials for the National Fijiana Team.

But she’s still chasing her dream of becoming a soldier and one that she will not give up on.

Ms Naceva thanks the support of her family, especially her biological and adopted parents, her siblings especially her brother Livai Kiaveli.

Her advice to others out there is to never give up and believe in their dreams and to always trust your instinct.

“Whatever opportunities comes your way grab hold of it and to your best,” said Ms Naceva.


Krav Maga is the official hand-to-hand combat system of the Israeli Defence Forces, and is widely regarded as the best self-defence system because of its efficient, no-nonsense, tactics that emphasise instinctive movements, practical techniques and realistic training scenarios.

Krav Maga Worldwide offers the highest caliber of Krav Maga self-defence instruction to thousands of people, including law enforcement agencies and military units across the globe.


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