Viliame Takayawa was born in Vatukoula in 1949 and took to the judo mats as a young 17 year old judoka. In a competitive career spanning over 20 years he has competed with distinction at national, regional and international arenas.
In 1971 Viliame Takayawa won a Bronze Medal at the South Pacific Games in Tahiti. He made a home crowd extremely proud when he became the first Fiji judoka to win a Gold Medal at a South Pacific Games in Suva in 1979. He added another Bronze Medal to his collection at the 1987 South Pacific Games in Noumea, New Caledonia. During the 1970s and 1980s Viliame Takayawa represented Fiji at regional level in the South Pacific Games, the All New Zealand Judo Championships and the Oceania Championships. As a 4th Dan Black Belt in Judo, Viliame Takayawa was proud to don the Fiji colours at the Pan Pacific Judo Championships, the Los Angeles 1984 and Seoul 1988 Olympic Games, the Edinburgh 1986 Commonwealth Games, the US Open Championships and the 1987 World Judo Championships which were held in Germany. In recognition of his achievements and standing as a judoka, FASANOC selected Viliame Takayawa as flag bearer for the Fiji Team at the Opening Ceremony of the Los Angeles 1988 Olympic Games.
Viliame Takayawa's achievements were also recognized locally when he became the inaugural recipient of the Fiji Sportsman of the Year award in 1982. In 2005, the Fiji Sports Council, celebrating 25 years of the Sports Awards, presented a special award to Viliame Takayawa in recognition of his outstanding contribution to Judo and sports in general.
Viliame Takayawa retired from competitive judo in 1988 but this did not mean the end of a career - rather the expansion of a judo career to the areas of administration and officiating. He was a Judo National Referee Class `A', the longest serving President of the Fiji Judo Association and regionally, a Vice President of the Oceania Judo Federation.
Viliame Takayawa has been National Coach of Fiji Teams to the South Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games and the Olympic Games. He had the distinction of being the Coach of 2002 Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist, Nacanieli Takayawa - a protègèe who also happened to be his son.
Viliame Takayawa's exploits have made the Takayawa name synonymous with Judo both in Fiji and within the Pacific region. FASANOC is proud to induct this great judoka into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame.
He passed away on February 17, 2010
1971 Bronze - South Pacific Games
1979 Gold - South Pacific Games
1982 Fiji Sportsman of the Year
1984 Represented Fiji at Olympic Games
1984 Flag Bearer at Olympic Games
1986 Represented Fiji at Commonwealth Games
1987 Represented Fiji at World Judo Championships
1987 Bronze - South Pacific Games
1988 Represented Fiji at Olympic Games
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