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Banuve, Turner win top awards

Rashneel Kumar
Saturday, February 22, 2014

PACIFIC sprint king Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro won his first Sportsman of the Year award at the 2013 Fiji Sports Awards at the Vodafone Arena last night.

He was recognised for his achievement at the Pacific Mini Games last year where he broke the 100 and 200 metres records.

‘Iron Lady' Senimili Turner won her second Sportswoman of the Year award.

The 60-year-old lately won gold medal in the Oceania Championship. She has won other events including the Commonwealth Games.

Guest speaker and Vodafone Fiji Bati Petero Civoniceva shared how he was inspired to become a rugby league legend.

He said he looked up to former Canberra Raiders tough man Ruben Wiki.

"As a child I used to sit with my family and watch on TV these two teams playing (in the State of Origin)," he said.

"I told myself that one day I will be playing there."

Civoniceva also revealed his plans of starting a Petero Civoniceva Foundation to help the local needy kids achieve their dream on and off the field.

He also thanked the athletes for their commitment and dedication.

Petero was accompanied by his father and namesake at the awards.

Other winners

Technical Official of the Year: Trisa Cheer (Swimming); Volunteer of the Year: Mikaele Mudreilagi (Rugby); Coach of the Year: Joe Vueti (Weightlifting); Administrator of the Year: Filimoni Vuli Waqa (Athletics); Team of the Year: Fiji National Mens Hockey team; Photographer of the Year: Ivamere Rokovesa (The Fiji Times); Organisation of the Year: Weightlifting Fiji; Young Female Athlete of the Year: Ulina Sagone (Weightlifting); Young Male Athlete of the Year: Menash Fareed (Chess); Prime Minister's Special Award: Chess; Sportswoman of the Year: Senimili Turner (Powerlifting); Sportsman of the Year: Ratu Banuve Tabakaucoro (Athletics)

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