2014 Vilimaina Davu - Netball

Vilimaina Davu is Fiji's most successful Netballer with an international career spanning over a decade. At the age of 15, Vilimaina was selected as a player for the National Netball Team, representing Fiji at the 1992 World Youth Cup  hosted by Fiji. 

She participated at the 1993 South Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu where the team won Bronze. From 1994-1997 Vilimaina represented the district of Nadroga and in 1994 was a nominee for the Fiji Sports Awards Emerging Sportswoman. 

At the 1995 South Pacific Games in Tahiti Vilimaina helped her team win the Gold medal.  She captained the 1997 Netball team to the South Pacific Mini Games in American Samoa winning Silver  and again captained the 1999 Gold winning Netball team at the South Pacific Games in Guam. 

In 1999 Vilimaina represented Fiji at the World Netball Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand where Fiji was placed 6th - the best ever for a Fiji Netball Team.  For her great captaincy inspiring her fellow team mates and the respect of the netball fraternity in Fiji,  she was a very popular winner of the 2000 Fiji Sportswoman of the Year award. 

Being a very strong  player and a formidable goal keeper, remembered for her on-court toughness she was sought out by the New Zealand Canterbury Flames Franchise and played in the National Bank Cup in New Zealand in 2000. From here on her netball career soared and she was selected in the same year to represent New Zealand in the Silver Ferns national team and debuted against South Africa. In 2002 Vilimaina won the Sport Canterbury Sports Personality of the Year Award with her Netball career culminating in 2003 when as a  Silver Fern the team won the NZ Halberg Team of the Year Award.

Vilimaina took time out and came back to Fiji in 2006 as Fiji Netball Head Coach to prepare the team for the 2007 Netball World Championships in Auckland.  She became a player-coach before the tournament joining the team as a goal keeper after a few players were injured.   In 2008 Vilimaina returned to New Zealand where she played for a year before returning to coaching a premier level club in Auckland.  

With over 55 international games under her 'cap' as a Fiji player and a further 50+ as a New Zealand player, FASANOC is very proud to induct VILIMAINA DAVU into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame n 2014.


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