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Serea flies off to volleyball scholarship

Rashneel Kumar
Friday, January 11, 2013

MERE Serea sees her dream coming true after being selected as the second Fijian student in the sport of volleyball to attend the USA New Mexico Military Institute (NMMI) under the Oceania Foundation Sports scholarship.

The 18-year-old Yaroi, Savusavu lass wants to become a forensic accountant as well as pursue her career on the court.

Serea, who graduated from Suva Grammar School as a Form Seven student with flying colours last year, flew out of the country last night to pursue her volleyball dream as well as her professional career.

"This is the opportunity I have been waiting for and I thank all those behind this achievement," the former Fiji netball under-21 rep said.

"This is a good opportunity for me to enhance my volleyball knowledge and skills and at the same time pursue my career as a forensic accountant," the former Fiji volleyball rep who represented the Kulawai team at the Asian Women Junior's Championship in Vietnam added.

"My aim is to successfully complete the scholarship and at the same time earn other scholarships to further my studies on and off the court."

Serea is following the footstep of Agatha Gibbons, the first volleyball scholarship recipient from Fiji, who completed her two years of study graduating with an Associate of Arts in Criminal Justice.

Gibbons, who will complete her Degree in Criminal Justice at the Eastern New Mexico University, gave some timely advice to Serea.

Gibbons told Serea to keep her focus on track to achieve the desired goals.

"Mere was selected based on her balanced results academically and in the volleyball sports field," Oceania National Olympic Committee executive director Dennis Miller said.





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