Families farewell former Fijian national sprinter

Pallbearers carry the casket of former national athlete, the late Milika Odro Matau at her funeral at Muana village, Toga, Rewa. Picture: Supplied

FORMER Fiji South Pacific Games sprinter, Milika Odro Matau, was laid to rest yesterday at her village burial grounds in Muana, Rewa, yesterday.

Hundreds of mourners gathered at the village to say their goodbyes to an individual who was a motivational figure to many of her relatives.

Odro represented Fiji in the 1979 South Pacific Games in Suva, and was a well-known athlete during her school days.

She attended Central Fijian Secondary School which is now called Sila Central High School in the 1970s.

She was a champion 100m sprinter in the Nasinu, Naitasiri and Nausori (Triple N Zone) athletics zone and also participated in the then-Fiji Finals, which is now called the Coca-Cola Games.

She died last week after a short illness at the age of 59.

She is survived by her husband, their four children and three grandchildren.

Her husband Moape Matau: “She was someone who bonded everyone”.

“Her departure has left painful memories that everyone who knew her will surely miss her because of her personality.

“When I married her, I promised her that we will raise a wonderful family and go through all the ups and downs, and yes we did it together.”

Odro, was a primary school teacher.

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