Balance Is The Key, Says PS Sports

Newly appointed Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Maretino Nemani emphasised the need for students to balance sports and their academic life. The former Suva and national football star
23 Jan 2019 10:00
Balance Is The Key, Says PS Sports
From left; Eastern Zone president Akuila Vute, FNRL executive chairman Peni Musunamasi, Rev Moce Biudole, Vodafone sponsorship manager Adriu Vakarau, PS Ministry of Youth & Sports Maretino Nemani and FSSRL vice-president Naisa Toko at Albert Park, Suva on January 22, 2019. Photo: Grace Narayan

Newly appointed Ministry of Youth and Sports permanent secretary Maretino Nemani emphasised the need for students to balance sports and their academic life.

The former Suva and national football star defender said this is important because there is life after their sporting career.

Speaking as chief guest at the 2019 Fiji Secondary Schools Rugby League launch at Albert Park, Suva yesterday, Nemani shared his journey as a sportsman.

“Sport is not just a sport and during my sporting days it was done with a lot of passion,” he said.

“There is no price tag but we do it out of goodwill and good faith, as prior to representing the whole nation, club or district. And as students participating in competition you will want to do your school, family and nation proud.

“As we know last week when we had the Australian Prime Minister here and he made some announcements like their support for rugby league in the country.”

Nemani, however reiterated the importance of life after sports.

“You got to remember that you need to balance up sports and academic. As for me during my playing days I attended the University of the South Pacific to further my studies and completed my Masters.

“In Australia while working there I extended my qualification in completing my PHD.

“So, what I’m trying to put across is that sports is a platform to success, building good relationships, good ambassadors, source of employment but also as individuals to build a good character as citizens of Fiji.

“I remembered those old days when rugby league first came to Fiji and most of my Nabua rugby team-mates like Alifereti Dere and Pauliasi Tabulutu took it up.

“And they also made their first outing at a 7-a-side rugby league competition in Sydney. It was quite a challenge for them but we can be all proud of their progress.

“I also acknowledge our students for participating in this competition and for a future pathway in rugby league is very huge in Australia.”

Nemani said during his sporting days he only played for Suva and not any other district.

“I started off as a player, coach and then club president as well. I also captained the national football side and one thing that kept me going is the dedication and the same should be with the upcoming sporting stars.”



Vodafone sponsorship manager Adriu Vakarau was appreciative for the opportunity to be a major Fiji National Rugby League sponsor for the past 13 years.

“Vodafone has completed a successful season with FSSRL last year with schools making big leaps in their performance,” Vakarau said.

“We would like to thank FSSRL executives for giving out their precious time in hosting the weekly competitions and organising all the logistics side of the game.

“And we’re proud as sponsors to have finished the last season on a high note and we hope to lift the bar to yet another level this year.

“I would like to acknowledge the effort put in by chairman of FNRL Peni Musunamasi for reviving rugby league with stability in the clear pathway for the future.

“For us as sponsors we have been here since 2006 and with just four teams that competed since the inception of this competition we have 54 teams with 21 schools actively participating in this FSSRL competition.

“And as sponsors to see that kind of development assures us that our investment is off great help.”



FNRL executive chairman Peni Musunamasi thanked Vodafone for their never ending support over the years as he anticipate a great new season for the FSSRL competition.

“I believe if without their support back then we couldn’t have made it to the qualifiers for the Rugby League World Cup in 2008 where we made it to our first ever semi-final.”

Musunamasi said over the years they’ve attracted 50 schools who have competed in the competition.

The FSSRL competition has also produced NRL star players like Marika Koroibete, Viliame Kikau, Tui Kamikamica and a few others.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua





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