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PM To Special Olympics Team: You’ve made Country Proud

The gold medalists received $1000, silver got $600 and bronze with $300 each.
05 Apr 2019 13:42
PM To Special Olympics Team: You’ve made Country Proud
Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama with Special Olympics Fiji Medalists following the awarding of recognition certificates to the athletes on April 4, 2019. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Seventeen Special Olympic athletes received bonus payouts from the Fijian government in recognition of their achievements during the 2019 World Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama handed over the envelopes to the seven gold, four silver and six bronze medalists at the Albert Park Pavilion in Suva yesterday.

The gold medalists received $1000, silver got $600 and bronze with $300 each.

Bainimarama said: “On behalf of all your fellow Fijians, I want to thank each of you for the effort and dedication you put forward while competing for your country.

“Some of you have faced incredible obstacles throughout your lives, but you’ve overcome those obstacles, you’ve earned your places on Team Fiji, and you’ve done your country proud on the world stage.

“I was particularly impressed that Team Fiji earned more gold medals than even New Zealand, and I’m glad to see we’re still punching above our weight on the world stage.

“I know for most of you, this competition was your first time leaving the country. I’m happy you’ve had the chance to experience a new part of the world, meet new people and learn new things about different countries.”

“When I first welcomed all of you back home to Fiji and congratulated you on your stellar performance, we celebrated by getting you all some McDonald’s.

“But I felt that winning 17 medals for Fiji deserved something a little more than just burgers and I’m not talking about ice cream for dessert.

“That is why, we’re rewarding your achievement and expressing our gratitude by grant- ing $1,000 to every gold medal winner, $600 for every silver medal winner and $300 for every bronze medal winner,” he added.”

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