Fiji sporting personalities got a return of investing to the country through sports at the annual 2019 Fiji Sports Awards.

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama who graced the occasion with wife Mary and whose being a cornerstone behind sports and development of sports in the country congratulated sports stars for their hard work.

“When you’re playing to win, there’s no playing favorites and there’s no room for division. You need to be the best people in the right positions, and you need every member of the team working in lock-step with their eyes dead-set on victory,” said PM Bainimarama in his opening remarks to kickstart the night of entertainment, reward, recognition, achievement and progressive development of our young sporting nation.

“If you want to win the game, or bring home a gold medal, or take a nation to new heights of progress, the same leadership mentality applies. Victory demands unity. It demands togetherness. It demands loyalty. It demands a clear vision, strategic preparation, and smart decisionmaking.”

PM Bainimarama said what makes Fiji sports work well is the fundamental principles of unity and teamwork that delivered last year’s Sevens world series title. It’s why our sportsmen and women are respected so much on the world stage.

“And because we’ve stuck by those same principles as a Government, anyone, from anywhere, can find success for themselves in the Fiji of today. So long as you work hard, prove your merit, and commit to teamwork, there’s a place for every hard-working Fijian on our nation’s winning roster.”

Technical Official of the year award was given to Trisa Cheer while Patricia Vosayaco of Fiji Swimming won the Sports Volunteer of the year award.

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