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China, 2009


Beks is Coming Out

Rebeka Lasaqa had a great game last night in the Kulawai 3 - 0 loss to Thailand. In a vastly improved performance from their first outing against them in Thailand, the Kulawai scrapped and fought all the way to a 13 - 25, 15 - 25, 15 - 25 loss to one of the rising superstars of women's volleyball. more

Tough road ahead

Like many coaches who are taking the national side for the first time to such a big tournament Maraiwai aims to expose the girls to higher level competitions.

“I want to improve Fiji's ranking in the FIVB ranking system, try and get them to play in Asian Leagues or even get them contracts to play abroad and also to get them the international experience they need so we can move the sport to a higher level.”

Story courtesy of Fiji Sun more

Nervousness get the better of Team Kulawai

Fiji faced the much stronger and taller Chinese, and fought with a never-say-die spirit and a dazzling attitude, striving tirelessly for each ball and winning huge applause from the crowd. more

Kulawai China match seen by 0.1 billion live on CCTV...

The much anticipated match between Fiji and 5th ranked China will air live on CCTV (available on Sky Pacific in Fiji)

It is expected that more than 0.1billion viewers from China and across the globe will tune in for the match. The match will be played at 8pm (12midnight FJ Time).

Picture shows the Chinese team that the Kulawai meets tonight (courtesy of FIVB) more

One more day left

Outside the gymnasium were tall iron structures depicting all the different sports that were played in the gym.

What caught our eyes was the large Fiji flag hoisted outside the building. We thought to ourselves of how honoured we were to represent our beloved Fiji in this part of Asia and in a sport that is played in more that 200 countries around the world. more

Fiji Embassy Consulate staff meet Team in Beijing

Ni Hao Fiji!!

It has been a long day. We all woke up very early in anticipation of our flight at 9am bound for Beijing, Korea. Devotion led by our Assistant Coach naita Ratu Iliesa Raketekete was scheduled for 5.30am. Breakfast compliments of the Korea National Olympic Committee was next at 6am.

Team Kulawai gathered at the lobby of Hotel June at 6.30 to wait for our bus to take us to the airport. more

Team Kulawai acknowledge sponsors

“Team Kulawai wishes to once again thank its sponsors Nadi Bay Resort Hotel, Coral Sun, Air Pacific, Mokosoi Products, Fiji Water, Tourism Fiji, FASANOC and the Fiji Government for their continued support that has seen the team reach this far.

Story and picture courtesy of Fiji Sun more

fijime.com Kulawai sparkles

An Yeung Ha Seung, Bula Viti

After being allocated rooms in pairs yesterday afternoon, our manageress and Vude Queen Laisa Vulakoro led us, her young royals into town for dinner. The venue for dinner was just a five minutes walk from Hotel June. The town was alive with neon lighting that sprung the town into a spectrum of colours. We had our Korean BBQ dinner outdoors in the warm summer wind of Incheon. more

Hotel June Revisited

The Kulawai team touched down at Incheon Airport at around 5pm and headed straight for the Hotel June. It is the 2nd time in less than 2 weeks that the team is staying at this hotel.

The team stayed at the Hotel June on its way back home after the 2nd Round in Thailand. With its great service and facilities, the Hotel June was the number 1 return choice.

Thanks to FIVB, the team is able to stay overnight before it departs for Chengdu tomorrow, Tuesday 30th via Beijing. And who knows a possible meeting with Fiji Consulate Ambassador - Sir James Ah Koy and his entourage!

It is really the Royal Kulawai! more

Kulawai leave our shores

Parents, friends and families congregated at the Holiday Inn to farewell our Kulawai Girls before they departed at 4pm for NADI BAY RESORT on board Transport sponsor CORAL SUN TOURS.

Picture courtesy of Fiji Times. more

Chengdu Next Stop for Kulawai

The Fiji Kulawai, a name taken after one of Fiji endangered bird species will play their next round in Chengdu and home of the endangered Panda Bears of China.

The team leaves on Monday 29th June to play China, Uzbekistan and Thailand and a chance to earn a ranking in world volleyball.

Chengdu (Chinese: Chéngdū; Ch'eng-tu), located in southwest People's Republic of China, is the capital of Sichuan province and a sub-provincial city. Chengdu is also one of the most important economic centers, transportation and communication hubs in Southwestern China. more

Coming Events

Kulawai - New Oceania Gold Medalists

KULAWAI TRAINING  continues at the MBHS Lambert Hall

KULAWAI ROUND 3 LEAGUE begins on Thursday 12 August 2010

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