Table tennis gets Fiji Sports Awards nods
February 27, 2018
Fiji Table Tennis Association looks set for a successful Fiji Sports Awards night, with nominations in nine of the eleven categories.
The nominations include Iakoba Taberanibou (Sportsman of the Year), Merewalesi Rodan (Sportswoman of the Year), Vicky Wu (Young Male of the Year), Grace Yee (Young Female of the Year), Harvi Yee (Coach of the Year), Fiji Para Table Tennis Team (Team of the Year), Anthony Ho (Administrator of the Year), Henry Yee (Volunteer of the Year), and Fiji Table Tennis Association (Organisation of the Year).
Speaking to the Fiji Sun, last year’s Sportswoman of the Year Merewalesi Rodan, said that it will be tough to go back to back and take out the top prize again this year.
“I know this is not going to be easy,” said Rodan. “It will be a tough competition but then having to be nominated again from my federation is an honour for me.”
The Fiji Sports Awards evening will be held Friday, 2nd of March.
Check out the full list of nominees below.
FIJI SPORTS AWARDS NOMINEES
Sportsman- Malakai Kaiwalu (Athletics) , Hector Smith Junior (Hockey) ,Tevita Takayawa (Judo) ,Iosefo Rakesa (Fiji Paralympics) ,Leone Nakarawa (Rugby), Taichi Vakasama (Swimming), Iakoba Taberanibou (Table Tennis), Adam Valentine (Asia Pacific Taekwondo), Inia Korowale (Fiji Volleyball), Manueli Tulo (Weightlifting Fiji)
Sportswoman- Miriama Senokonoko (Athletics), Lala Ravatu (Hockey), Shanice Takayawa (Judo), Ana Maria Roqica (Fiji Rugby), Merewalesi Rodan (Table Tennis), Aliyah Valentine (Taekwondo), Laite Nima (Volleyball), Eileen Cikamatana (Weightlifting)
Youth Male- Kolinio Radrudru (Athletics), Huzaifa Rahman (Taekwondo), Vicky Wu (Table Tennis),
Youth Female- Shawntell Lockington (Athletics), Lijiana Vueta (Hockey), Grace Yee (Table Tennis), Tealaika Sameer (Taekwondo), Maria Mareta (Weightlifting)
Coach- Leone Qumi (Athletics), Marika Tavanavanua Rodu (Fiji Football), John McKee (Fiji Rugby), Harvi Yee (Table Tennis), Prabhat Prasad (Taekwondo), Todd Edwards (Fiji Volleyball), Henry Elder (Weightlifting)
Team- Athletics Women 4x400m relay Pacific Mini Games, Fiji Hockey women’s team, Fiji Rugby Flying Fijians team, Fiji Para- Table Tennis, Nakasi Taekwondo Club, Weightlifting.
Technical official- Ajay Ballu (Archery), Michael Khelan (Athletics), Ravinesh Kumar (Fiji Football), Ernest Movick (Hockey), He Canguang( Taekwondo), Nischal Karan (Special Olympics), Sachin Reddy (Tennis Fiji), Apenisa Saukuru (Fiji Volleyball), Della Shaw-Elder (Weightlifting)
Administrator- Eugene Vollmer (Athletics), Rajesh Patel (Fiji Football), Shrish Chand (Taekwondo), Robin Dayal (Special Olympics), Anthony Ho (Table Tennis), Alex Edwards (Volleyball), Ritesh Ratiram (Weightlifting)
Volunteer- Nemani Tukunia (Athletics), Kinisimere Ravai (Fiji Football), Pranil Sharma (Taekwondo), Francis Kean (Fiji Rugby), Molly Amon (Special Plympics), Henry Yee (Table Tennis), Astral Lockington( Hockey), Christopher Yee (Weightlifting)
Photographers- Eugene Vollmer (Athletics), Anushil Kumar (Fiji Football), Avikash Chand (Fiji Football), Kunal Keshneel (Fiji Live), Peni Komaisavai (Fiji Sun), Atu Rasea (Fiji Times), Jona Konataci (Fiji Times), Jonacani Lalakobau( Fiji Times), Jovesa Naisua (Fiji Times), Rama( Fiji Times), Sophie Ralulu (Fiji Times)
Organisation- Athletics Fiji, Fiji Football Association, Fiji Rugby Union, Special Olympics Fiji, Fiji Table Tennis Association, Asia Pacific Taekwondo Federation Fiji, Weightlifting Fiji