Athlete Profiles

Linda Barton

Nickname: LB

Date of birth: 03/01/1969

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Squash

What is your aim in PNG: Win gold

Favourite food: Raw fish

Favourite drink: Coconut (bu)

Favourite local sportsperson: Warren Yee

Favourite international sportsperson: Nicol David

Your best sporting memory: When my brother Vincent Andrea won gold in the Asia Pacific Tae kwon do Championship

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Jekesoni Yanuyanudrua

Nickname: Superman

Date of birth: 13/11/1996

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Bodybuilding

What is your aim in PNG: Bring glory for Fiji

Favourite food: Fish/chicken

Favourite drink: Protein shake

Favourite local sportsperson: Banuve Tabakaucoro

Favourite international sportsperson: Phil Heath

Your best sporting memory: Winning a gold medal in Commonwealth Bodybuilding Championship

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Banuve Tabakaucoro

Nickname: Banz

Date of Birth: 04/09/1992

Place of Birth: CWM Hospital

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: To win gold in all my events

Favourite food: Chocolate... Favourite drink: Gatorade

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Sainimili Turner (Weightlifting)

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Ray Lewis

What is you best sporting memory: Representing my country at any international or regional meet.

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Andra Whiteside

Nickname: Stix, Andy

Date of Birth: 06/12/1989

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Squash

What is your aim in PNG: To compete as best I can with everything I have learnt this far and to become a better squash player through this process.

Favourite food: Japanense, salmon

Favourite drink: Root beer, Ginger ale

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Karyn Whiteside, Lorraine Mar

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Roger Federer

What is your best sporting memory: Representing Fiji at the 2006 Commonwealth Games, 2007 and 2011 Pacific Games.

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Inoke Harvey Ligairi

Nickname: Knox

Date of birth: 23/01/1979

Place of birth: Labasa

Sports: Bodybuilding

What is your aim in PNG: To do my best and hopefully win a gold

Favourite food: Sushi

Favourite drink: Gatorade

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Waisale Serevi

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Arnold Schwarzenegger

What is your best sporting memory: Being crowned 2014 Mr Fiji

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Danielle Whiteside

Nickname: Dani

Date of birth: 13/02/1989

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Squash

What is your aim in PNG: Win gold

Favourite food: Steak and mashed potatoes

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Waisale Serevi

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Nicole David

What is your best sporting memory: Winning badminton silver medal in 2011 Pacific Games

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Catherine Fabiano

Nickname: Cat/ Shawty

Date of birth: 13/02/1988

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Hockey

What is your aim in PNG: Lead my team to victory and bring back the gold medal

Favourite food: Roast Pork

Favourite drink: Fanta

Favourite local sportsperson: Hector Smith Jr (Very talented player with skills and patience)

Favourite international sportsperson: Cristiano Ronaldo

Your best sporting memory: Scoring the golden goal against PNG in extra time at the 2007 Pacific Games to win the gold medal.

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Albert Miller Jr

Nickname: Boy

Date of birth: 13/06/1997

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Win a medal and better my personal best

Favourite food: Whatever mum cooks

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: My dad, Albert Miller Sr

Favourite international sportsperson: Asafa Powell

Your best sporting memory: Hoping to make one

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Elenoa Sailosi

Date of birth: 17/02/1995

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Win gold in my debut 400m race

Favourite food: Chillie chicken

Favourite drink: Coke

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Makelesi Batimala

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Alyson Felix

What is your best sporting memory: Winning my first medal at 2013 Mini Games

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Ratu Tira Narara

Nickname: Tutira

Date of birth: 09/08/1992

Place of birth: Lautoka

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Win gold

Favourite food: Lovo food

Favourite drink: Frubu

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Semi Kunatani

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Kirani James

What is your best sporting memory: Representing Fiji at 2010 World Junior Champs in Canada

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Mere Dainitoga Roqara

Nickname: Pei

Date of birth: 05/07/1982

Place of birth: Nadi

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: Get gold

Favourite food: Fish Vakalolo and curry chicken

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Iliesa Delana and Samisoni Viriviri

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Cathy Freeman

What is your best sporting memory: Representing Nadi in the first women's cricket tournament

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Vilimaina Salusalu Tuapati

Nickname: Salu

Date of birth: 10/09/1997

Place of birth: Lakeba

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: Win a gold medal

Favourite food: Fish and cassava

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Waisale Serevi

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Banuve Tabakaucoro

What is your best sporting memory: Making a catch in an ICC tournament.

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Masi Raituku

Nickname: Macy

Date of birth: 9th Sept, 1986

Place of birth: Nadi, Fiji

Sports: Indoor Volleyball

What is your aim in PNG: To better my performance compared to last SPG

Favourite food: Chilly Chicken

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Matila Waqanidrola

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Yelena Isinbayeva (Russian Olympian Pole Vaulter)

What is your best sporting memory: Winning gold in 2010 Oceania Games and helping the team become the highest ranked Oceania country according to the world ranking system.

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Pranit Kumar

Nickname: Iguana

Date of birth: 02/06/1988

Place of birth: Nausori

Sports: Tae kwon do

What is your aim in PNG: To do my best

Favourite food: Anything edible

Favourite drink: Powerade

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Osea Kolinisau

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Manny Macquiao

What is your best sporting memory: Winning silver medal in 2011 Pacific Games

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Nau Dakuiliga

Nickname: Nau

Date of birth: 15/01/1985

Place of birth: Sigatoka

Sports: Triathlon

What is your aim in PNG: Finish in the top five

Favourite food: Chicken wrap

Favourite drink: Coke

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Derek Derenalagi

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Andrea Hewitt

What is your best sporting memory: World Triathlon in NZ

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Petero Manoa

Nickname: The Rock

Date of birth: 31/05/1984

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Triathlon

What is your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Pasta Bolognese

Favourite drink: Coconut (Bu)

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Waisale Serevi

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Manny Pacquiao

What is your best sporting memory: Fiji winning Melrose Cup

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Maxine Browne

 Nickname: Max

Date of birth: 21/10/1985

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Hockey

What is your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Bibimbap

Favourite drink: Coconut (Bu)

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Seinimili Turner

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Luciana Aymar

What is your best sporting memory: Winning gold at 2003 SPG in Suva

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Younis Bese

Nickname: You is Bes

Date of birth: 07/07/1996

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Try and win a medal

Favourite food: Fish and chips

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Makelesi Batimala

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Allyson Felix

What is your best sporting memory: Winning Cokes Games 2015 blue ribbon

 

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Eric Jioje

Nickname: Andu

Date of birth:

Place of birth: Rotuma

Sport: Powerlifting

What is your aim in PNG: To be the best

Favourite food: All

Favourite drink: Water/ Fiji Gold

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Joe Rodan

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Eliesa Irava

What is your best sporting memory: SPG 2003 Suva

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Marica Vua Nika

Nickname: Mar

Date of birth: 28/06/1992

Place of birth: Navua

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: Win a gold medal

Favourite food: Chicken blackbeans

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Joe Rika

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Ricky Ponting

What is your best sporting memory: EAP game against Vanuatu, getting best player award

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Loma Kacilala

Nickname: Lomax

Date of birth: 28/02/1998

Place of birth: Lautoka

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Rourou

Favourite drink: Waidroka

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Joe Rika

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Osea Kolinisau

What is your best sporting memory: Winning a volleyball tournament in the west

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Lenaitasi Biliwaqa

Nickname: Tasi

Date of birth: 05/01/1988

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Bodybuilding

What is your aim in PNG: To make Fiji proud

Favourite food: Fish with sweet potatoes

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: William Ryder

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Waisale Serevi

What is your best sporting memory: Winning Mr Fiji in 2013

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Ruci Kaiwai

Nickname: Tuty

Date of birth: 07/11/1986

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: Win a gold medal

Favourite food: Boiled fish

Favourite drink: Coconut (bu)

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Joe Rika

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Sera Martin

What is your best sporting memory: Winning EAP match against Vanuatu in 2011.

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Vilisoni Rarasea

Nickname: Soni

Date of birth: 17/02/1995

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Better personal best in 400m hurdles and get a medal

Favourite food: Sweet and sour chicken

Favourite drink: Orange juice

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Isake Katonibau

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Yohan Blake, Usain Bolt

What is your best sporting memory: Winning Coke Games 2014 blue ribbon

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Milika Tuivanuavou

 Nickname: Milky

Date of birth: 08/08/1990

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Improve performance in triple jump, long jump and shot put. Lead a young team so that they have a great Pacific Games experience.

Favourite food: Steak

Favourite drink: Any fruit juice

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: My 62-year-old rugby playing father

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Rhonda Rousey

What is your best sporting memory: World Uni Games 2013, Russia

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Joana Lesianawai

Nickname: Joey

Date of birth: 05/02/1986

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG:

Winning gold

Favourite food: Seafood

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Makelesi Batimala

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Adine Wilson

What is your best sporting memory: Playing netball against PNG

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Epeli Boleibau

Nickname: Hastings

Date of birth:

08/06/1973

Place of birth: Labasa

Sport: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG:

To win gold

Favourite food: Rourou

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Banuve Tabakaucoro

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Asafa Powell

What is your best sporting memory: Inter-house in high school, winning the high jump

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Maca Vuruna

Nickname: Vuruna

Date of birth: 15/07/1986

Place of birth: Savusavu

Sport: Cricket

Your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Rice in lolo

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Makelesi Batimala

Favourite international sportsperson: Irene van Dyke

Your best sporting memory: Playing in my first IC tournament.

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Silipa Raratabu

Date of birth: 18/10/1992

Place of birth: Moce, Lau

Sport: Cricket

Your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Ika valolo

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Josefa Rika

Favourite international sportsperson: Ricky Ponting

Your best sporting memory: Playing Vanuatu where I took most wickets.

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Luisa Vosaki

Date of birth: 21/03/1993

Place of birth: Moce

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: Win gold and qualify for the East Asian Pacific Games

Favourite food: Fish in lolo

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Josefa Rika

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Daniel Vettori

What is your best sporting memory: Hitting a boundary against Vanuatu in 2008

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Aaron Powell

Nickname: The flash

Date of birth: 08/01/1996

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: To better my time and improve my performance

Favourite food: Pizza

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Banuve Tabakaucoro

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay

What is your best sporting memory: Winning Coca-Cola Games blue ribbon for Gospel

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Tu'i Leifanau Sikivou

 Date of birth: 14/ 6/ 87

Place of birth: CWM Hospital, Suva.

Sports: Basketball, Squash

What is your aim in PNG: To compete hard, and bring back the Gold medal.

Favourite food: Gong Bao Chicken

Favourite drink: Banana chocolate smoothie

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Ben Ryan

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Stephen Curry

What is your best sporting memory: Pacific Games 2011, New Caledonia

 

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Timaima Bulatalei

Nickname: Talei

Date of birth: 23/12/1989

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: Win a gold medal

Favourite food: Chop suey

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Makelesi Batimala

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Brett Lee

What is your best sporting memory: Getting selected for the Fiji team

 

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Lynn Koyamainavure

Nickname: Fuga

Date of birth: 28/03/1989

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Basketball

Your aim in PNG: To play my best at the games and win Gold for Fiji!

Favourite food: Seafood

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Vasiti Vocea

Favourite international sportsperson: Richie McCaw

Your best sporting memory: Starting 5 at my first International tournament - Pan Pacific Games, Melbourne 2005

 

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Jone Bogidrau

Nickname: B Nasty

Date of birth: 06/05/1982

Place of birth: Nausori

Sport: Athletics

Your aim in PNG: Improve my personal best

Favourite food: Fish

Favourite drink: Fiji water

Favourite local sportsperson: Banuve Tabakaucoro

Favourite international sportsperson: Usain Bolt

Your best sporting memory: Winning the silver in Coke Games 100m

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Francis Kirikirikula

Nickname: Danger

Date of birth: 28/06/1993

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Win gold for Fiji

Favourite food: Anything mum cooks

Favourite drink: Powerade

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: William Ryder

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Asafa Powell

What is your best sporting memory: Winning a medal alongside Banuve in the 100m in the 2013 Mini Games in Wallis.

 

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Luanne Notina Rika

Nickname: Lulu

Date of birth: 23/08/1994

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Cricket

What is your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Fish

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Josefa Rika

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Ricky Ponting

What is your best sporting memory: The win against Vanuatu 2012

 

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Batinisavu Uluiyata

Nickname: Bastista

Date of birth: 01/07/1996

Place of birth: Lautoka

Sports: Athletics

What is your aim in PNG: Improve my time and win gold

Favourite food: Chicken curry

Favourite drink: Frubu

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Semi Kunatani

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Usain Bolt

What is your best sporting memory: Winning the Coke Games boys title

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Heleina Young

Nickname: Yung/Hung

Date of birth: 31/05/2000

Place of birth: Suva

Sports: Athletics (sprints)

What is your aim in PNG: To run a personal best

Favourite food: Eggs

Favourite drink: Frubu

Favourite local athlete or sportsperson: Eugene Vollmer

Favourite international athlete or sportsperson: Usain Bolt

What is your best sporting memory: Breaking the sub-junior girls 100m record in the Coke Games in 2014

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Seini Samson

Name: Seini Dobui Samson

Nickname: Work (SD) BASKETBALL (BABA) Coz I was the smallest in the team J

Date of birth: 08/07/1983

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Basketball

Your aim in PNG: To win gold

Favourite food: Rourou mutton

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Mikaelar Whippy

Favourite international sportsperson. - Lauren Jackson

What is your best sporting memory: Winning Gold in the 2007 South Pacific Games along with the Men's Basketball Team.

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Leonard Whippy

Date of birth: 27/10/1982

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Basketball

Your aim in PNG: Win Gold

Favourite food: Sweet and Sour Chicken

Favourite drink: Coconut Juice

Favourite local sportsperson: Tahitoa Whippy

Favourite international sportsperson: Michael Jordan

What is your best sporting memory: Gold Medal SPG 2007

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Eugene Vollmer

Nickname: Gene

Date of birth: 28/04/1989

Place of birth: Sigatoka

Sport: Athletics (triple jump)

Your aim in PNG: Compete hard for Fiji and win gold in triple jump

Favourite food: Kaikoso

Favourite drink: Pepsi

Favourite local sportsperson: Leslie Copeland

Favourite international sportsperson: Brian Clay (decathlon gold 2008 Olympics)

Best sporting memory: NAIA nationals 2012 jumping to a national record of 16.08m

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Mataika Koyamainavure

Nickname: Taika

Date of birth: 05/14/1994

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Basketball

What is your aim in PNG: To win gold at the Pacific Games

Favourite food: Curry

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Roy Krishna

Favourite international sportsperson: Kobe

Bryant

Your best sporting memory: Making it to the regional Jucco semi-finals

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Pita Gus Nacagilevu Sowakula

Nickname: Gus

Date of Birth: 26/10/1994

Place of Birth: Lautoka

Sport: Basketball

Aim: To win gold and improve on our ranking

Favourite food: Curry chicken with rice

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Marcus Whippy

Favourite international sportsperson: Lebron James

Your best sporting memory: Winning bronze medal for Fiji at the 2012 FIBA U19 Oceania Championship held in Victoria,Melbourne.

 

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Sisilia Seavula

Nickname: Titi

Date of birth: 15/11/1995

Place of birth: Suva

Sport: Athletics (sprints)

Your aim in PNG: To run the 100m under 12 seconds and win a medal

Favourite food: Mum's chicken chop suey

Favourite drink: Water

Favourite local sportsperson: Eugene Vollmer

Favourite international sportsperson: Allyson Felix

Best sporting memory: 2014 winning the senior girls 100m at the Coke Games

 

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