Former Fiji athlete, Discus and Javelin national record holder passes away

Source: Fijivillage | Fiji’s Latest News and Sports website

Former Fiji athlete, Discus and Javelin national record holder Mereoni Vibose has died at the age of 66.

Vibose passed away at the Sigatoka Hospital last Saturday.

As a young child growing up in Raiwaqa, Mavua in Nadroga, the 1998 Hall of Fame inductee used to be seen hurling sticks or throwing stones.

This humble beginning blossomed into a full-blown career in field events, specialising in discus, javelin and also representing Adi Cakobau School to regionally and international meets.

In 2016, at 64-years-old, Vibose represented Fiji at the World Masters Athletics meet and came fourth in her event.

Former Fiji athlete Lorraine Mar described her as a hardworking athlete and a role model to other athletes who never gave up easily.

Vibose also represented Fiji in six South Pacific Games, two Commonwealth Games and two World Athletics Championships.

She will be laid to rest at her home in Raiwaqa, Mavua in Nadroga this Friday.

Mereoni Vibose’s South Pacific Games Achievements

1969 Papua New Guinea discus ‑ silver javelin ‑ silver

1975 Guam discus ‑ bronze javelin ‑ gold

1979 Fiji javelin ‑ gold

1983 Samoa discus ‑ silver javelin ‑ silver

1987 New Caledonia javelin ‑ gold

1991 Papua New Guinea discus ‑ bronze

Commonwealth Games

1974 New Zealand discus ‑11th javelin ‑ 7th

1982 Australia discus ‑ 9th javelin ‑ 8th