Tribute To The Late Merewai Turukawa

On behalf of the sporting fraternity, the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) pays tribute to the Late Merewai VesikulaTurukawa who passed away on 4 May, 2018.

Merewai Vesikula, as she was known during her competitive years, was born on 23 June 1938, in Nadroga. She moved to Suva in 1955 to pursue her studies in medical profession.

The first opportunity for regional competition for Merewai was the 1963 South Pacific Games. She competed in shot put, discus and javelin and was successful in winning the Gold medal in each of the events. She again represented Fiji in the 1966 South Pacific Games, but because of a nagging knee injury she was only able to win a silver medal in discus.

On 25 April 1964, Merewai established a Fiji record in shot put with a throw of 13.11 metres. This record still stood at the time of her induction.

Merewai Vesikula has the distinction and the honour of winning the first Gold medal at the first South Pacific Games.

In 1994 Merewai participated in the Oceania Veterans Athletics Championships where she won the gold in shot put and silver in javelin.

For her outstanding achievements in the sport of Athletics, FASANOC was proud to induct Merewai into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

May she rest in peace.



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