Kinisimere Ravai has been honored with a 2017 Fiji Sports Volunteer Award for her contribution to the sports in Fiji.
Ravai’s outstanding commitment to Fiji Football Association’s Just Play program was recognised during the Awards night fortnight ago.
She was also nominated by Fiji FA for FASANOC’s voices of the athletes champion in 2012.
Working as volunteer for many years with different sports organization, Ravai was delighted to be honored after nominated by Fiji Football Association this year.
Ravai said she was happy and proud to be honored as a volunteer.
“I am very happy and proud that I have been honored for my hard work,”Ravai said.
“This is my second prestigious award I would say because I won the silver medal in 2017 when I participated at the Fiji Games playing for shooting Fiji and I won three silver medals.”
She said this was the first time she had won something from the Fiji Sports Awards.
The 36 -year -old passionate sports woman who hails from Soa,Nakorotubu, Ra has sports in her heart.
She had volunteered and played many sport in the country.
She said she loved playing all sports and had participated in most sports in the country.
“I first started playing football in year 1998 and then I played soft ball, shooting, hockey and rugby. I always try different sports because I am very passion for every sports and love to play every game, “she told Fiji FA Media.
The former Fiji national women’s football player thanked Fiji FA for nominating her for the awards.
“I am very grateful to my Fiji Football for nominating me and spotting my service to the federation.”
Ravai said she has been volunteering since 2009 for Fiji Football’s Just Play programme.
“I have been volunteering for Fiji FA for last eight years, I first started in 2009 when Just Play programme was introduced in Fiji.”
She said it has been very challenging but she was happy to volunteer for the passion of sports she had.
“It is challenging as we take our time but it is my passion for football that I never gave up as a volunteer and today I have achieved all the hard work I did.”
“As a volunteer I have learnt a lot about football.
Ravai has represented Fiji national women’s team in four Pacific Games.
“I have played for national women’s football team in 2003, 2007,2011 and 2015 as a central defender and won bronze medal in 2007 and 2011”
Ravai said she always believed in almighty first.
“For me I believe that when you put god first in everything you do will surely achieve that and God has been my first priority in everything I do.”
She dedicated her award to all the volunteers and families and friends.
“I dedicate this to all the volunteers and I would advise them to continue their hard work and a day it will be paid off.
Kini is now full time employed by Fiji Football Association as a Just Play instructor and coordinator
She thanked almighty for giving her strength to achieve everything in live.
“I give him back the honour,the glory,the power and the dominion to be his and his alone.