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Marama Sets Her Mind On Rugby

Growing up in a village sur­rounded by rugby league play­ers, Tavenisa Marama wants to be different.
16 Aug 2022 12:15
Marama Sets Her Mind On Rugby
Tavenisa Marama (front left) with her mother Torika Bula (right and aunt Asilika Marama (beck left) at Churchill Park, Lautoka on August 6, 2022. Photo: Sereana Salalo

Growing up in a village sur­rounded by rugby league play­ers, Tavenisa Marama wants to be different.

She has set her goals to be the first na­tional women’s rugby player from her village, Saru, tikina Vitogo and prov­ince of Ba.

The Year 11 student of Jasper Wil­liams High School is a member of their Under-18 side participating in the Weet-Bix Raluve competition.

She is also part of the athletics team, she is representing JWHS in the 4×100 and 4×400 metres relay at the Coca-Cola Games.

Brought up by her single mother Tori­ka Bula, Marama was always motivated to work hard.

“I want to represent Fiji in rugby and I know this is the first step,” she said.

“It is my first time playing rugby and I thank God for giving me the talent.

“There are always challenges and crit­ics about girls playing rugby. I thank my family for their understanding and support.”

Her aunt Asilika Marama said: “I thank her for opting to play rugby. Even though it was her first time Tavenisa played well.

“I know she is capable of doing better.

“I did not stop her from playing rugby, she has always wanted to play rugby.

“She usually plays netball and athlet­ics.

“We share maternal links to the Rat­udradra’s and I think that’s where she got her talents from.”

Feedback: sereana.salalo@fijisun.com.fj



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