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Women In Sports: Mother Uses Sports To Help Community

The 38-year-old, is part of the Nadi Junior Rugby Association committee that is affiliated with the Nadi Rugby Union.
13 Jun 2021 16:09
Women In Sports: Mother Uses Sports To Help Community
Asilika Tabua.

Mother of two, Asilika Maramanimeke Tabua, is among the many women in the country who uses sports to make a positive contribution to their community.

The 38-year-old, is part of the Nadi Junior Rugby Association committee that is affiliated with the Nadi Rugby Union.

She completed her Level One Coaching Certificate last year which also includes match officiating. The training was provided by the Fiji Rugby Union.

Tabua looks forward to attain her World Rugby Level Two coaching accreditation.

“I want to do my Level Two in coaching and move on from there,” she said.

“It’s onwards and upwards for me from here. It is a plus incorporating life skills training with rugby training to the children as this helps them make the right decisions in life.

First start

Tabua’s journey began in 2015 when her eldest son, Filipo Ravolau, 15, who now attends Nadi Muslim College, started playing rugby for his primary school team.

Her other son, Saimoni Qiokata, 12 attends Mt St Mary’s School in Martintar

“For me, it’s the passion and willingness to help my two boys that made me overcome barriers and step out to learn about the game,” Tabua said.

“I also owe this to both of them as they’re my biggest supporters.”

Way forward

Tabua is among the co-founders of the Jetset Junior Rugby Club, a well-structured and established club in 2018 with dedicated parents who all worked as a team for the development of children.

This year the Nadi Junior Rugby Association held their first ever annual general meeting to pave the way forward.

The five teams in their competition are Western Marine Junior, Dratabu Junior, Eteni Youth Juniors and Nawaka Juniors.

“I first started by supporting my son’s school team by attending their training and watching them play their games.

“Then I went on to support the Jetset Junior rugby club when it started in 2018 of which both my sons were a member of. From then on I’ve been actively involved as I’m in the committee and also a coach in the club,” she added.

Core values

“I’m proud to be a member of the club as we all teach and uphold the core values of rugby.

“These values are discipline, respect, integrity, passion, solidarity and seeing the members of the club display these values on and off the field is very rewarding.

“The club is made-up of committee members who dedicate their time to the children, in helping mould them to become agents of change amongst their peers.

“Those positive vibes have spread within the club and we encourage and support each other a lot.”

Tabua believes that women rugby has been guided well by FRU over the years.

“Yes, especially FRU has been working closely with the theme to ‘End violence against women’. FRU has been advocating it whenever they have rugby training or workshop.”

Community

Apart from rugby, she is also actively involved with the Malawai Volleyball Association in Votualevu.

Their mission has been boosted with a new sporting facility valued at $80,000. The project was made possible through the assistance of the People’s Republic of China.

Tabua said the facility has a positive impact on the community as they are also using it to promote health well-being.

She is originally from Naqeledamu in Bau, Tailevu with maternal links to Tokou, Ovalau.

She was brought up in Nadi since 1987 and during her sporting days, Tabua played volleyball.

Her dad, Watisoni Ravolau played for the Nabua Rugby Club in Suva while uncle, Sevuloni Tabua, played prop for Tailevu. Her cousin is former Fijian Pearls netball goalkeeper and current Fijiana rugby 7s utility Raijeli Daveua.

Tabua gets her support from her husband, Leone Saketa, a former Tailevu Under-21 rugby rep.

“My husband supports my move since rugby is his passion and it now involves our kids. I’d do anything to help my boys achieve their dreams,” she said.

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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