FASANOC would like to extend its deepest condolences to Caucau Turagabeci's family and the Bowling fraternity of Fiji on the sad passing of this National Bowling representative, who was laid to rest earlier this week in his hometown of Vatukoula.
Team Fiji Lawn Bowls teammate and friend Curtis Mar said Caucau had graced Bowling greens all over the World, over 3 decades, representing Fiji.
"Locally, Caucau has just about won every title there was on offer, numerous times, representing his Vatukoula Bowling Club.
"He was a perfectionist on the bowling green and was also known for his punctuality," he said.
"These traits together with his commitment made him a true champion."
On the International scene he was well known for his big smile but more importantly for his prowess on the greens.
He was fondly known as “Cow Cow” or Caucau Turagabetchi’.
He was respected by some of the best Bowlers in theworld many of whom had trouble beating this gentle giant with the big smile from Fiji.
Current Bowls Fiji coach Maurice Symes who played for New Zealand for many years has also had the pleasure of playing against this proud Fijian.
Cow cow as he was fondly known achieved so much internationally. His International achievements include:-
• 1991 - Gold medal in the singles and Silver in the Pairs at the South Pacific games
• 1992 - Lost Bronze Medal Play-off in World bowls pairs event. His partner was Panipasa Matailevu. Finishing 4th was a major achievement for our tiny country.
• 1999 - Silver Medal in the Asia Pacific Singles event
• 2001 - At the Pacific Mini Games he won Silver in the Singles and won Gold in the Pairs.
• 2004 - Bronze Medal in the World Bowls Singles event. No 3 in the World. Another Major achievement especially in this discipline.
• 2005 - Silver Medal in the Asia Pacific Singles Event
Given his success on the greens Caucau was awarded Sportsman of the year in 2004. This was off the back of his bronze medal win in the World Championships. A truly well-deserved award.
In 2006 he was given the honor of bearing the Fiji Flag at the Commonwealth Games. An honor bestowed on Athletes that have achieved high levels of success.
He has also been a nominee for Fiji’s Sports Hall of Fame.