Rugby

Jiuta Starts A New Chapter

“It’s COVID restrictions, missed my teammates not being here, my friends from Suva, the family but been receiving messages from them and I’m thankful for their support and their messages.
18 Aug 2021 17:50
Jiuta Starts A New Chapter
Newly weds...Olympian Jiuta Wainiqolo with wife Fiona Talei Weleilakeba show off their wedding rings during the legal wedding ceremony at Navua marriage registry Office on August 17, 2021. Photo: Ronald Kumar

Olympic gold medalist, Jiuta Naqoli Wainiqolo, signed and sealed a lifetime covenant yesterday.

The 22-year-old winger tied the knot with his sweetheart, Fiona Talei Weleilakeba, in a civil union at the Navua Registry office yesterday.

And the couple will travel to France together as he has signed a three year contract with French Top 14 club, Toulon.

Wainiqolo said this was the start of a lifetime journey. He indicated that Talei had been his anchor and motivator for his rugby career.

“This is a new chapter.

“I’m so blessed to have her in my life. This is God’s decisions and plan and I can’t wait for the future journey,” he said.

“She supported me a lot, looked after me well and been strict on my diet when I break from camp.

“So happy to have her, been supporting me through the games way before the Olympics. She is one of my motivations,” the former Ratu Kadavulevu School student added.

He wished for his team mates, family and friends to be present but COVID-19 protocols had to be adhered to.

“It’s COVID restrictions, missed my teammates not being here, my friends from Suva, the family but been receiving messages from them and I’m thankful for their support and their messages.

His bride, Talei said:  “We’re very happy.

“I’m so proud of him, I’m proud that he has won the gold medal but I’m super happy and excited for the new journey ahead of us.

“We’re leaving together for France, I will be there to support him.”

She added it was emotional seeing her husband and the team win gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games

“I cried when I saw them won gold,” she said.

“I think just knowing his sacrifices, what he has been through that just all came back when he scored that try in the final. He has worked very hard for it and deserves all that he has been praised for.

“I hadn’t seen him for a while, so I was always excited seeing him on TV and obviously pray for him all the time.”

Jiuta’s father, Nemia Wainiqolo, was grateful for his son’s achievements.

“I am happy for those who turned up today despite all that we are facing through COVID-19.

“I am so happy about his performance, I know he is still young and did not believe the great performance at the Olympic Games.

“I am so grateful, for the win. Even when I walk in town, I am acknowledged like an Olympian.”

Nemia indicated that the support and applaud has been massive since Wainiqolo got home in Navua.  He was advised of the limited number of people at home but the support

“People from different ethnic backgrounds have been dropping by at home including our relatives as they cannot stay and I am truly grateful for their support.”

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