THE Mana Whey Fiji Coral Coast 7s 2018 has come and gone. After wrapping up stories from the event, MaiLife realized we left out Alitia Wainiqolo’s story.
The 73 year-old from Raiwaqa Village in Nadroga caught the roving eyes of the MaiLife team after seeing her short leaps of joy and throwing her fists in the air when team Davetalevu scored or almost scored.
Wainiqolo who is married to a gentleman from Rukurukulevu Village, Cuvu in Nadroga was seated only 40 metres from the rugby pitch in the Davetalevu team tent.
The media tent was situated beside the teams’ tent and it was quite evident despite the pain in Wainiqolo’s right leg, nothing was going to stop her from supporting her grandson.
Apart from that, her only son Vereniki Nalio is the team manager for Davetalevu and when it comes to rugby, it is a family affair.
“Na luvequ e manidia ni timi ni Davetalevu, na makubuqu e qito tiko na timi qo,” she said.
(“My son is the team manager for Davetalevu and my grandson plays for the same team.”)
“Yabaki sa oti ira na timi qo ra mai keba e vale au a qaravi ira tu.”
(“Last year this team came to camp at home and I cooked their meals for them.”)
Wainiqolo who suffers from nerve pains on her right leg, said she has been in crutches for the last two years but it wouldn’t stop her from watching her grandson play.
“Au dau vinakata meu sarava na qito nei makubuqu vaka talega kina meu tokona na timi ni Davetalevu baleta ni manidia tiko na luvequ. Au dau sarava ka tokona talega na nodratou qito na timi ni vanua o Nadroga.”
(“I have always made it my business not to miss any of my grandson’s game and to also support my son in his role as manager. I am also a staunch supporter of the Nadroga Rugby Team.”)
Story by Mela Katonivualiku & Photos by Jone Luvenitoga