South Sea Cruises Sales Manager Lailanie Burnes has made history over the weekend, being the first Captain of Fiji’s Womens 15s Rugby Team, and beating Papua New Guinea 37-10 to qualify for the Women’s Rugby World Cup 2017 Asia – Oceania Qualifier.
The Qualifier tournament will be held in Hong Kong next month and Fiji will participate as Oceania Champion.
Being the first team to win a trophy for Fiji Women’s Rugby, the weekend’s win was historic, and a huge achievement for the rugby-mad captain, team and country.
South Sea Cruises Chief Executive Officer Peter Duncan said he was immensely proud of Ms Burnes’ achievements.
“The success of the team on the weekend is a credit to Lailanie, who is an exceptionally hard worker, passionate and inspiring,” Mr Duncan said.
Ms Burnes said she was honoured to have lead the team.
“It feels amazing, I am so proud of our girls who went out there,” she said. “We have been working and training hard, and (the win is) the outcome of all that hard work,” she said.
“It just came together nicely and I am so proud of them and what we have achieved,”
“It is a history making event and it feels great!”
And on the matter of work-life balance, Ms Burnes was back at her desk in the South Sea Cruises office on Sunday, the day after the game.
“I love rugby, it runs in my blood, but I also love getting up each day with the privilege of promoting Fiji’s best tourism experiences – that’s a pretty good work-life balance if you ask me!” she said.