March 26, 1982 - October 13, 2003

Biography of Ronale Sanjay Naidu

On March 26th, 1982 at the Vancouver General Hospital, Ronale Sanjay Naidu, the beloved first child of Raj and Suzie Naidu was born. He was a beautiful baby boy all wrapped in blue, weighing 7 lbs 8 ozs.

At the age of four, Ronale began preschool at Tinky Wiggle in Vancouver. He went to Morley Elementary School in Burnaby for grade one and attended Carnarvon Community School in Vancouver for his elementary education.

He attended Kitsilano Secondary School in Vancouver with great success.

When Ronale was two and a half years old he started swimming and skating lessons.

At age four he started to play baseball and soccer.

He decided soccer and baseball were the sports he enjoyed and would continue to play.

In elementary school, Ronale played on the school team in volleyball, basketball, and table tennis.

He thoroughly enjoyed sports.

He was a great leader and team player.

Ronale played baseball with Kitsilano Little League from 1989-1993.

He received the Bill Prince Memorial upon graduation from Carnarvon Community School.

During high school, Ronale grew more passionate about sports and his focus during these years was basketball and soccer.

His interest in soccer really grew at the age of twelve when he joined Point Grey Soccer.

In 1994, he captained the Roman Tulis European Soccer squad touring team that played in Slovakia, Austria, and Hungary.

His club team placed 2nd at the Provincial Cup.

In 1995/96, his touring team, Roman Tulis, finished 7th at the Leige Cup in Belgium.

He was a Provincial All-star Team member and his team was the tournament champion of the Provincial Cup, Coastal Cup, Nike Firecracker (Washington) and Nike Friendship Cup (Oregon).

During 1997/97, Ronale captained the U15 Provincial Team to 3rd place at the National Championships.

His team competed in the Nike Surf Cup Semi-finals and he captained the Vancouver Selects.

In 1998, Ronale captained the European touring team that won the Ian Rush Invitational in Wales.

He had a professional try-out with Glasgow Celtic and played with the Celtic in the Keil Classic v. Blackburn, Coventry and Sutherland.

The Keil Classic included other prominent teams such as Ajax, Bayern Munich and Liverpool.

Ronale captained the Vancouver Selects in 1999 and was a BC Provincial Team member.

He Captained the European touring team that placed 4th at the Maldegem Invitational in Belgium where they defeated Leeds United in the quarterfinals.

The Slovakian Jr. National Team, Sparta Rotterdam, Club Brugge, Nac Breda and F.C. Utrecht competed at the Maldegen invite as well.

Ronale trained at the Western Canadian Training Center with Olympic Soccer Coach Bruce Twanley.

His position was center back/sweeper and midfield.

Upon graduation from Kitsilano High School, Ronale received an Academic and Soccer Scholarship to the University of New Mexico.

He joined their team, Lobos, in the year 2000 and played for two years.

In 2002, Ronale transferred to Simon Fraser University.

He played with their team, Clan for two years while completing 4th year sciences.

In 2003, Ronale took red-shirt to concentrate on his studies.

Ronale was involved with the Fijian Community Soccer Club.

The last tournament he played was in Fiji, the Sangam Tournament, where he received MVP.

One October evening, Ronale played with the SFU Alumni Team and later went out for dinner with friends, Ronale never returned home.

During his twenty-one years of life, Ronale touched many people's lives.

His joyful, charismatic, generous and positive character inspired and uplifted everyone he met.

Ronale was a polite, disciplined exceptional gentleman who was full of life and loved to attend parties.

His peaceful spirit permeated all who were blessed with his presence.

Ronale was quiet in nature though he loved to meet new people, experience different adventures and places through his deep love and commitment to sports.

He excelled and was honoured with an outstanding number of awards for his involvement in sports.

Ronale loved his coaches dearly.

His respect for elders was shown in his immediacy in greeting and sharing with them at family gatherings, celebrations and events.

Over two thousand people attended Ronale's funeral to honour the gift of his life and the special sacredness of how he touched their lives.

Held close to everyone's heart he shall always be remembered and treasured for his gentle spirit and the tremendous leadership, power, skill, tenacity and beauty he brought to everything in his life.

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