Participants

Jerry TUWAI

Jerry TUWAI
    Rugby Sevens
Birth Date:  23 Mar 1989
Age:  29
Gender:   Men
Height (cm):  181
Weight (Kg):  90

Events and Medals


Sport Event Rank
RUG Rugby Sevens Men 2 Silver

Jerry TUWAI - Schedule


Schedule
Time Event Status
Sat, 14 Apr 11:21
Men Pool Round - Pool D
Fiji
63
Sri Lanka
5
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 17:53
Men Pool Round - Pool D
Fiji
54
Uganda
0
Finished
Sat, 14 Apr 21:33
Men Pool Round - Pool D
Fiji
21
Wales
17
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 12:05
Men Semifinal
South Africa
19
Fiji
24
Finished
Sun, 15 Apr 15:01
Gold Medal Event Men Gold Medal Match
New Zealand
14
Fiji
0
Finished

Biographical Information


Highlights
Olympic Games
Year Location Rank
2016 Rio de Janeiro, BRA 1

World Series
Year Location Rank
2016/17 Various 3
2015/16 Various 1
2014/15 Various 1

Languages spoken: English, Fijian
Coach

NATIONAL: Gareth BARBER (WAL) (radionz.co.nz, 6 Oct 2017)


Position style: Utility
National team: 2014 at the Oceania Sevens in Noosa
Ambition: "Hopefully I will make it into the (2018) Commonwealth Games and Sevens World Cup squads." (ur7s.com, 6 Sep 2017)
Memorable: Winning a gold medal at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. (olympicchannel.com, 2016)
Influence: "I would like to dedicate this to my parents for their continuous support. Sometimes I get rough, but they continue to support me, so because of them I have achieved this." (fijione.tv, 9 Oct 2014)
Additional information

PRICELESS GOLD
Offered US$30,000 for his gold medal from the Rio 2016 Olympic Games by a family friend, who wanted to frame it and put it up in his shop. "I told them the gold medal is priceless. I gave it to my dad, because he's the one who sacrificed for me when I grew up." (straitstimes.com, 6 Nov 2016)


DEDICATED FATHER
His father, Poasa VUNISA, slept on the street in Nadi, Fiji, to ensure he could see his son off, before competing at the 2014 Gold Coast Sevens. Was going to drop him off at the bus stop in Suva, as he did not have enough money to reach Nadi. Two hours later, he found enough money to reach Sigatoka, then a family friend gave him $50, which helped him reach Nadi to farewell his son. As TUWAI'S parents do not have electricity in their home, their neighbours ran a power cord from a nearby shop to their home and put up a big screen to ensure they could watch their son play in the tournament. They also donated money for a minivan, so they could be at the airport to welcome their son home. (fijivillage.com, 14 Oct 2014)


BOOTS
One day he quit school and told his mother that he wanted to play rugby professionally. "From the small budget that she (his mother) had for our family to survive, she took all that money, and she bought me rugby boots. And she told me, 'This is your knife and fork. This is what you will do to achieve something better.' So, from there, I take my rugby boots and write on the bottom, 'Knife and fork'." (olympicchannel.com, 2016)


EARLY DAYS
Did not have access to many rugby facilities while growing up. "In my village, instead of a ball, we would play with a coconut or water bottle, or tie up a T-shirt and use that. These challenges are normal to us, and being able to improvise has maybe made us better players. I dropped out of school to play rugby." (bbc.co.uk, 4 Aug 2015) 


AWARDS
Named Sevens World Series Rookie of the Year in 2015 and in the World Series Dream Team in 2017. (worldrugby.org, 18 May 2016; Facebook, 23 May 2017)


Social Media

Legend

Gold: Gold
Silver: Silver
Bronze: Bronze
Gold Medal Event: Gold Medal Event
Bronze Medal Event: Bronze Medal Event

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