Alumni

Alumni

Upon completion of their terms as STOP HIV Champions, athletes join the STOP HIV Alumni. In this capacity, they are still involved in the STOP HIV advocacy work and continue to make a valuable contribution including acting as mentors and offering advice to new STOP HIV Champions.

Back in 2008, national sporting icons Della Shaw (weightlifting), Gabrieli Qoro (athletics), Jone Wainiqolo (athletics), Leena Pratt (triathlon), Lucretia Smith-Piickering (hockey), Melaia Druwani (netball), Reginald Eastgate (hockey) and Waisale Suka (beach volleyball) were selected as STOP HIV Champions following consultations with their respective sporting federations and undergoing hours of training, interviews and eventually coming through at the top!

As pioneers of the STOP HIV Program, and along with the current Alumni they continue to provide mentoring services to current STOP HIV Champions, as well as provide invaluable advice on keeping the program as robust, fun and sustainable!  STOP HIV acknowledges with pride their commitment to improving knowledge, reducing stigma and discrimination and encouraging safer sexual practices among the sporting community of Fiji and the region.

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Inoke Niubalavu

Sport: Baseball Inoke played soccer from primary to secondary level. His interest to play baseball started in 2001. Baseball was something new and exciting so Inoke made the switch to the sport and never looked back. Today Inoke is the development officer for Fiji Islands Baseball and Softball Association. Inoke plays for Central Pirates for the Suva Baseball Association and is currently contracted by the Baseball Confederation of Oceania.

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Jone Wesele

Sport: Rugby League Jone Wesele represented Fiji on the 2008 Semi Finalist Rugby Leage World Cup team and the 2007 South Pacific Games team. Jone has played at club level for the Darlington Point Roosters in New South Wales, Australia and stays fit through other hobies including hunting, fishing and cycling.

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Moape Ravudolo (Vu)

Sport: Netball Moape has represented Fiji as a player since 2000 and as a National umpire since 1992. He also coaches, plays and umpires and club level and conducts trainings for and coordinates the Netball umpires. Moape teaches Primary School students and is largely involved with his church youth group.

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Mitieli Savu

Sport: Athletics Mitieli represented Fiji at the Grand Priz and Oceania Games in 2008 and hopes to go to the Mini Games this year in the Cook Islands. He is currently in his final year of Secondary School at Suva Grammar and is also the sports president in his community group in Galoa Village.

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Soko Salaniqiqi

Sport: Athletics Soko has represented Fiji in both Athletics and Hockey and currently holds the Triple Jump record for the South Pacific Games which she will be defending at the Cook Island Mini Games in September. Soko is extremely dedicated to her training and loves staying fit and continuing to break records!

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Ana Finau Ah Yuk

Sport: Hockey Ana has represented Fiji on the womens hockey team since 1988. Despite having two kids and working full time with the Fiji Amateur Sports and National Olympic Committee, she continues to play regularly for her Club - Marist. Ana also represented Fiji in touch rugby in 1996 in Japan.

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Venina Galuinadi

Sport: Netball Having represented Fiji as a competitor in Netball, Athletics and 7s rugby Venina was part of the 1996 Commonwealth Games Netball team that placed 9th. She is currently the team manager for the National Women's Netball team and has a wealth of experience at all levels of sport. Venina holds a degree in computing science and information systems.

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Trevor Lenati

 

Sport: Netball and Hockey
Trevor represented Fiji in the Mens Open mens team in 2006 and currently plays both Netball and Hockey at club level. In addition to working full time, Trevor also studies part time at the University of the South Pacific.
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Leena Pratt

Sport: Swimming and Triathlon
Leena has represented Fiji in both swimming and triathlon and has been involved with the sports as either a competitor, trainer or adminstrator since 1990.

Leena works full time whilst studying but still finds time to pursue community projects and is committed to supporting the response to HIV.more

Melaia Druwani

Sport: Netball
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Mela is a mother of 3, trainer, technical offical and National Umpire of Netball. She works as an auditor for Fiji Savings and Credit Union League. Mela has had 15 years experience as a Netball administrator.more

Gabrieli Qoro

Sport: Athletics and Netball


Gaby represented Fiji in Athletics from 1988 - 2001 competing in both the long jump and 100m at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. He is an accredited level 4 jumps coach, Netball technical official, school teacher and plays netball and volleyball.

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Waisale Suka

Sport: Beach Volleyball
Suka and his Beach Volleyball partner, Eroni, won silver at the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa which has inspired many kids to join the sport at the start of the season in 2008. Suka is a secondary school teacher and has been involved with the youth sports program at the Universtiy of the South Pacific for the past six years. Suka has also involved himself with sports outreach programs in the outer islands of Fiji.more

Jone Wainiqolo

Sport: Athletics

Having recently won silver at the South Pacific Games, Samoa 2007, Jone also represented Fiji in 2005 playing Netball. He enjoys all sports and in between training he is studying Graphic Design at the Fiji Institute of Technology. Jone has 5 older sisters.more

Della Shaw

Sport: Weightlifting
The star of Fijian and Pacific weightlifting, 2 times South Pacific Games Gold Medallist and Commonwealth Games competitor, Della now coaches the Olympic teams and manages sports facilities. Della also coordinates a projects for 7 - 14 year olds called the Sports Academy. Della loves sports especially when kids are involved.more

Lucretia Smith

Sport: Hockey
Lucretia is the Co-Captain of the Fiji Women's Hockey Team that recently won Gold at the 2007 South Pacific Games in Samoa. Lucretia has played hockey since she was 7 years old, coached by her father who has been the biggest influence on her hockey career.more

Reginald Eastgate

Sport: Hockey
Reg has represented Fiji from 2003 - 2006 and has been involved with all levels of hockey for the past 20 years.
Reg is also known as the 'gentle giant.'more
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