Prime Minister Sitiveni Rabuka extended a warm “bula” welcome to the players, officials, and management of the Melbourne Storm team at last night’s gala dinner at the Sheraton Resort and Spa in Nadi.
The event, held in honor of the NRL premiership team, showcased the deep passion that Fijians hold for sports, particularly rugby league.
Prime Minister Rabuka expressed his gratitude to the team for their role in nurturing Fijian rugby league players, providing them with opportunities to excel in the sport.
He acknowledged the contribution of Tui Kamikamica, a Fijian athlete who has played 92 games for Melbourne Storm over 7 seasons in the NRL, donning the Fiji Bati jersey on 27 occasions, including a recent captaincy in the NRL Pacific Championships.
“I particularly want to acknowledge my kinsman, my kai from Somosomo in Taveuni, Tui Kamikamica. Vina’a valevu Tui,” said Prime Minister Rabuka.
“Tui has played 92 games for Melbourne Storm over 7 seasons in the NRL and I thank him for being a good role model for young aspiring players in Fiji.”
The Prime Minister also expressed his gratitude to the management, officials, and players of Melbourne Storm for their partnership with Fiji Airways.
He hailed the collaboration as a win-win deal that benefits both parties.
Prime Minister Rabuka concluded his address by wishing the Melbourne Storm well in their pre-season match against the Newcastle Knights at Lautoka’s Churchill Park today.
“Play hard, play clean. Go the Melbourne Storm,” he cheered.
The Melbourne Storm Gala Dinner demonstrated the bond between Fiji and the NRL premiership team, fostering a spirit of camaraderie and sportsmanship espoused under the Vuvale Partnership.
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