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Niranjan Gives Surfing Group Car For Mobility

Niranjan Gives Surfing Group Car For Mobility
April 20
11:41 2017

The Fiji Surfing Association will now have the opportunity to reach out to communities around the country to teach and grow the sport of surfing.

Niranjans Autoport Limited has given Fiji Surfing a Suzuki fully loaded car to aid in their mobility to travel to villages and beaches off road.

The car is fully maintained and is on a 24-month contract.

Fiji Surfing head coach Ian Portingale said they were grateful for the support of Niranjans, especially since they had to spend a lot in hiring vehicles.

“We didn’t have anything to begin with, we hired cars, taxis and even buses and whilst it is a great way to get around, unfortunately not all the buses and taxis are willing to go the places we want them to go,” Portingale said.

“Plus, hiring becomes very expensive, especially those cars of this standard that are suited for rough terrain.

“Having this vehicle has just made everything easier for us and we can travel with ease and comfort to the places we want to go to.

“It is a great car, it really does go off road, some of the roads and tracks that we go on to get to the local beach or the village is a bit difficult.”

Meanwhile, Niranjans Autoport Limited Logistics National Sales and Marketing manager Devend Ram said they were happy to support a growing sport like surfing as it fell within the Suzuki philosophy.

“Suzuki’s philosophy is excitement, youth and anything to do with sport and I think surfing better represents this philosophy,” Ram said.

“We hope this vehicle will move plans along in regards to outreach programmes in the communities around Fiji and that everyone will get an opportunity to try out surfing.”

SH: First coaching course in the world

Fiji could become the first country to host the first ever coaching course for surfing in the world.

With surfing being an Olympic sport, Fiji Surfing Association is now eligible to apply for funding to the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to host the course.

Fiji Association of Sport and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) Sports development officer Lyndall Fisher said they were currently finalising the application process to the IOC and should it be approved, it could be a stepping stone for coaches in the country.

“Surfing being the new sport at the Olympics, Fiji Surfing is eligible to apply for funding to the IOC,” Fisher said.

“Fiji Surfing wants to host a course to coach coaches not athletes so we can apply through a world programme which is the IOC.

“The IOC has informed us that this is going to be the first surfing application in the world and it will be huge for us.

“Coaches have been coaching athletes with no certification so this is a huge step to make sure the coaches are certified to make sure the programmes lasts and the athletes are coached properly.”


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