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Rugby, Golf Mourn Tuivanuavou

A rugby, golf player and a long serving sports administrator Jope Tuivanu­avou died at the Colonial War Memo­rial Hospital on Saturday. He was instrumental in the formation of the Lelean
03 Oct 2018 11:00
Rugby, Golf Mourn Tuivanuavou
The late Jope Tuivanuavou runs to score a try during the Suva Golden Oldies match in Suva on November 2,2014 . Photo: Anasilini Natoga

A rugby, golf player and a long serving sports administrator Jope Tuivanu­avou died at the Colonial War Memo­rial Hospital on Saturday.

He was instrumental in the formation of the Lelean Old Boys Club in the Suva Rugby Union competition in the late 80s.

He took up refereeing when he quit play­ing and was one of the rated arbiters of the game. He was a long serving member of the Suva Rugby Referees Association.

He switched to golf and later became the captain and president of the Fiji Golf Club.

“The FGC family would definitely miss Jope,”FGC resident professional Veramu Rokotavaga said.

“He played a few rounds last week and very good man. In fact he is a man for all people.”

He teamed up with Suva Golden Old­ies Rugby Club and was influential in the launching of the ‘Balls and Beards’ cam­paign to help create awareness of prostate cancer in men.

His children Eroni and Milika Tuivanua­vou are national athletics reps.

Edited by Anasilini Natoga

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