The Fiji Pearls Netball team presented their itatau to His Excellency the President Ratu Epeli Nailatikau at Government House today.
Ratu Epeli commended the team for their commitment in training preparations ahead of the World Netball Championships that will be held in Australia next month.
“You have one of the best coaches in netball so we expect more from you in terms of moving up the world ranking,” Ratu Epeli said.
“We believe with the exposure the team has had during the Pacific games and recent test matches against the Silver Ferns, your preparations will indeed be helpful.”
Ratu Epeli urged the team to work towards their goals and be good ambassadors for the country while participating at the international competition.
Team Captain Mere Rabuka Neiliku said the team has prepared well and they will do their best at the World Netball championships.
“The recent test match against the Silver Ferns has been a great experience for the team and good exposure especially for the new players,” Mrs Neiliku said.
The Pearls are currently ranked 7th in the world and they will play against Wales, Uganda and Zambia in their pool matches at the World Netball Championships.