‘Thank You, Grandmum’

Raised by his mother until she died when he was 9, his grandmother looked after him to be the man he is today, a Flying Fijian lock forward for the future.
25 Dec 2019 12:01
‘Thank You, Grandmum’
Temo Mayavanua at the High Performance Unit Gym in Suva on December 24, 2019. Photo: Karalaini Tavi

For more than 13 years, it was Temo Mayavanua’s grandmother, Lusiana that raised him to be the man he is today.

Though no money can repay the love and support Lusiana has shown him, the 22-year-old said he cherishes each day spent with her.

The former Fiji Under-20 captain last year signed a deal to join Mitre 10 Cup side Northland, after representing Swire Shipping Fijian Latui.

Mayavanua was also among the 11 debutants that was named in the Fiji Airways Flying Fijians squad that played the Barbarians in Twickenham, London last month.

The Bau, Tailevu native scored a try to help the Flying Fijians beat the Barbarians 33-31.

Mayavanua who was raised by a single mother until he was 9, said he had his own struggles, but this did not deter ultimate goal, to play rugby.

And being brought up in a family that pursued God first, he considered himself blessed.

“My mother had raised me on her own till she passed and my grandmother took over,” Mayavanua said.

“To add on to this, I grew up without a father, and to encounter so many struggles at a very young age was really tough.”

“I had so many things running through my head, questioning what was my purpose in life.

“My family had really been a big help to me over the years especially my grandmother. Thank you grandmother,” he added.

“She has been the backbone of everything I do and the reason why I still move on with what I love to do which is rugby.

“I owe it all to her and aim to give back what she has given me, there is nothing else in this world that could compare to the love she has shown me over the years.

“I miss my mother every day, not a day goes by that I don’t miss her. Even in New Zealand I like to reminisce on those times spent with her.

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rep Temo Mayavanua scores a try during the 33-31 win against the Barbarians in Twickenham, London last month. Photo: Skysports

Fiji Airways Flying Fijians rep Temo Mayavanua scores a try during the 33-31 win against the Barbarians in Twickenham, London last month. Photo: Skysports

“Sometimes the feeling of regret hits me, not knowing that I was going to lose her too early and for that reason I would like to spoil my grandmother and spend as much time with her.

“We never know what tomorrow holds, I can give all my love to people who were with me and supported me.”

Mayavanua has been named in the Swire Shipping Fijian Latui extended squad.

He aim to represent Fiji in the 2024 World Cup.

“The goal is to play in the next RWC and keep performing and moving forward

“I was in talks with Blues before I came over, they said I was not eligible. But that won’t discourage me of achieving what I want to achieve in life.”

Edited by Osea Bola


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