19th birthdays are always a special occasion but to celebrate a birthday in a Fijian village is something not everyone is lucky enough to do!
This was the case on Thursday last week for Mary Elizabeth (from now on known by the team in Fiji as Memphis).
After returning from teaching and sports coaching, Memphis’s family did an incredible job of getting her impressively dressed in traditional Fijian masi. A custom, which anyone celebrating their special day in Fiji, is honoured to wear! Suitably dressed in true Fijian style, Memphis was ready to sit at the head of the table as a massive feast was laid on for her celebration.
With everyone enjoying a magnificent meal, which the village women had spent all day preparing, it was then time for the guitars to come out for some well-deserved grog and hop hop.
Everyone loves to dance but it seems no-one more so than our very own Bertie and Ollie who had the Fijians in fits of laughter with their moves! Clearly a pair to watch for in the future, when the teams are invited to Fijian parties across the island in the coming weeks!