PM Bainimarama rewards Fiji’s Special Olympics athletes

Fiji's Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama leads Team Fiji's Special Olympians to a luncheon at the Albert Park Pavillion in Suva to celebrate their recent achievements at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

FIJI’S Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama today paid tribute to the 35-member Team Fiji to the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi last month.

At a ceremony held at Suva’s Albert Park today, the head of Government thanked the athletes on behalf of all their fellow Fijians, for the effort and dedication they had put forward when competing for their country.

“Some of you have faced incredible obstacles throughout your lives, but you’ve overcome those obstacles,” Mr Bainimarama said.

“You’ve earned your places on Team Fiji, and you’ve done your country proud on the world stage; taking home 17 medals from the World Special Olympic Games in Abu Dhabi.”

The Olympians were also gifted cash bonuses according to their medal wins – $1000 for a gold medal, $600 for a silver medal, and $300 for a bronze medal – totalling $11,200 for 7 gold medals, 4 silver medals and 6 bronze medals.

A more detailed report, read in tomorrow’s edition of The Fiji Times and on our e-Edition.

Team Fiji Special Olympics World Games ribbon holders Waisea Togotogorua (left) who competed in the 200m/shot put and Kishan Deo who competed in the 400m run and long jump at the Special Olympics World Games in Abu Dhabi last month. Picture: JOVESA NAISUA

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