VOLLEYBALL veteran Inoke Kataiwai was given the Special Recognition Achievement award for his services towards the sports for past two decades. The 40-year-old only made it to the national squad once in 1995 but the players he has coached went on to become national reps. Known as Mr Brown in the volleyball community, Kataiwai was one of those who led the formation of the Tamavua Celtics club. He coached the Gold FM Suva side to win the 2012 Vanua Challenge and is now part of the Marist Club coaching panel. Kataiwai said he was proud to be finally appreciated for his efforts both on and off the courts. "I really love volleyball and I will continue giving back to it in any way I can," he said. "I would like to tell the volleyball players of Suva to be dedicated to the sport and help it grow."
ADMINISTRATOR of the Year award winner Inia Vakarewa has asked teams competing in the 2012/2013 season to turn up for every match. Tasked with running weekly competition, Vakarewa said last season a big number of games were won or lost by defaults and it killed the competition. He said this season all teams must try and make an effort to play each and every game in the weekly competition. "When teams stay away, it kills the spirit of the competition and teams who do come just sit around and watch and it's not healthy for competition," he said. "So to all those teams who will compete in the new season, please turn up for your games and keep the spirit of competition alive," Vakarewa said.
ROOKIE of the Year award winners said they were surprised when their names were called out during the FBC Suva Volleyball Awards night on Saturday. And the reason they gave for their surprise was that they had won the same awards last year. Male winner Kitone Lalakomacau of Cakau in Kinoya said the win had motivated him to further his volleyball career. "My aim now is to make it into the national team and go with the team to win a medal at the next Pacific Games," said the Form Six student of Laucala Bay Secondary School. Female winner Timaima Lomani, 18, said the win was a shock. "I had won last year and didn't expect it this year," she said. Lomani, also a student of LBSS, has been representing the national side since last year.
THE Serua Rugby Union will resume its club competition this weekend at Navua's Thomson Park. The competition was temporarily put on hold to cater for Serua's participation at the B Division Southern Rally Championship in Sigatoka. The quarter-finals will be held this Saturday. In the feature match defending champions of the Vunivalu trophy, Navulivatu faces Veiyasana in a double header.