From Margaret Enasion (13 May 2009)
The Sacrifices People Made
I have always loved to watch sports like rugby union and league, soccer
and netball, whether at the stadium or in TV, because it is reminiscent
of the joyous times I spent with my son, driving him to play footy.
He’s big and very talented and was twice offered a football scholarship,
but his father had this pedantic notion that a sports career is short
lived and even shorter with an injury and he wanted our son to get an
Jake relented and gave up the pursuit of his dream of becoming a professional
rugby player. He nowonly plays club rugby as a prop for recreation and
to keep fit, but he studied and became a qualified teacher at the age
of nineteen. Then, for the money, he opted out to work in the financial
planning industry and went on to complete two more degrees in financial
planning and marketing to work for the largest superannuation fund manager
Now twenty eight and married to Monique, he has given us have four beautiful
grandchildren of whom three are boys that look much like Latinos. The
eldest, who will be seven this year, does modeling of children’s clothes
for some of big brand names in Australia.
But whenever I read the sports column in this website, I can’t help but
think of the parents who like me gave time to see their children play
sports. One in particular that I wanted to remember and acknowledge is
my first cousin Elena, who is married to John
I recall the wonderful weekends my family spent with them at Botany where
we’d watch their talented children, John Junior, who played rugby union
and league, and Joanne, who played football and netball.
Frankly I was very impressed with my cousins and the sacrifices they
made for their children. Their daughter Joanne was given a three-year
scholarship to the Australian Institute of Sports at Canberra where she
represented Australia in the Under 19 Netball team. She has progressed
to state level and is that beautiful young woman playing wing defense
for South Australia’s State Team, the Thunderbirds, in the ANZ Bank National
Netball Competition between Australia and New Zealand. She is also studying
science and law majoring in forensic medicine.
As for 22-year-old John, he is that handsome 6.5 feet-tall centre who
wears the number 6 jumper for the South Sydney and the City Representative
Team in the Australia National Rugby League competition. In his third
season, John is said to be one of the youngest rising stars of the game.
He lives at home and is chauffeured around by his protective mum. And
like most sportsmen, young John is on a several-hundred-thousand-dollar
salary with sponsors chasing his signature with offers of luxury cars.
With his dad a builder, John is rumoured to be investing heavily in real
estate properties near the world-renowned beaches of Maroubra and Bondi.
But I’d suggest to the young readers of this website that where possible
they should watch these eligible, beautiful, and talented brother and
sister play and behave in and out of the field. They have shunned the
limelight and adulation, sheltered by their parents, who serve as role
models of sacrifice and motivation for all aspiring future athletes for
I know my cousin Elena who is the youngest daughter of Semesi and Garsau of Savlei & Lau, Rotuma, and with her husband John Sutton are very down-to-earth people. Though they are very proud of their children’s achievements and pleased to see the fruition of their sacrifices, as I am for my son, both are very humble and reluctant to broadcast their success until now, which I share in the belief it will encourage other Rotumans too.