Struggling Club gets lifeline from Bank

Date: 17 April 2015

THE Delainavesi Boxing Club received a much needed boost from BSP today.  The 2015 Pacific Games major sponsors have outfitted the boxers for the final Pacific Games trials this weekend in Suva.

 "BSP really is a people's bank and we are so grateful for this help coming to us in the eleventh hour, '' said Club president Pita Ledua.  "The boys love the sport. They've put their blood, sweat and tears into this despite the challenges facing the sport which is why we as administrators are more than willing to door knock to secure basic equipment. Thank you BSP!" he said.

The equipment valued at just over $1,000 included uniforms, head gears, boxing shoes, gloves, mouth guards, water bottles and sports bags.

The Delainavesi Boxing Club has produced top boxers which include the likes of 2007 Pacific Games reps Uate Baleiono, Sunia Vakamoce, and 2010 Commonwealth Games rep and Oceania champion Metusela Coriakula.

BSP's Head of Marketing, Nirdesh Singh acknowledged the club's good history and their resilience to pursue the trial for the Pacific Games despite their hurdles. 

"This sponsorship is in line with our commitment to the 2015 Pacific Games and we're happy to offer assistance that will help potential athletes in their preparation for the games,'' said Mr Singh.

The club will be represented by USP student Isimelui Tau'ga (Super Heavyweight) Maritime student Inoke Rakuita (Light Heavyweight) and interestingly 15-year old Dudley High School student Josefa Naua who will fight in the Junior Welterweight division.

They are coached by former rep Joeli Cagi.

The club formed in the late 1990s by Fiji's Boxing legend Sunia Cama, has produced countless national representatives and PG gold medalists despite their ongoing struggle to secure funding support from corporates.