Ryan Commends Mother
Former Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan credits his 83-year-old mother Diane Ryan for his achievements.
Ryan jetted into the country on Tuesday to be part of the unveil ing of the new $7 note and 50 cents coin at the Grand Pacific Hotel last night.
The note and coin features him and the Olympic gold medal winning Fijian 7s team.
Speaking to SUNsports last night Ryan shared how his mother was supporting him and the team in the three years he was here and on the night of the Rio Olympic final.
“It was 11pm at night when we played the final and my mum cooked curry and they were having champagne; till now my mum always check on the Fiji news websites and see what’s going on, that’s what she does every morning.
“She knows what’s going on in Fiji before I do and she tells me everything which I know nothing about and she will know this before I do.
“She’s obviously proud of her son,” Ryan said.
When asked if he was expecting his face to be on the new note and coin for Fiji, Ryan replied he was not expecting it and finds it difficult to tell some of his friends when he was making his way to Fiji earlier this week.
“When people asked me why I was coming to Fiji, I tell them to launch a bank note with my face on it, they just laugh.
“When I tell people some stories of the last three years and the journey we have taken people don’t believe me but it’s been pretty amazing,” he added.
Ryan receives his Fiji Olympic Order silverware
President, Major-General (Ret’d) Jioji Konrote handed over the 2016 Fiji Olympic Order silverware to Ryan at the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee house yesterday.
“It’s a special night for me as well, I had an amazing group of players that deserve this and the Rio journey was a great story to tell not just my story but the boys.
“I want to thank the Fiji Sports Commission for paying my wages in the three years, they helped me and gave me the opportunity to coach the team,” Ryan said.
Ryan plans on building a resort and promote healthy living
The former coach is thinking of building a resort on his three-acre-land which was given to him by the people of Serua as a token of appreciation for his achievements.
“I haven’t actually stepped foot on it, they are keen to show me.
“I will come back in June and see if I can afford to build a house for myself or a resort where we can get the local villagers to come and work in.
“It could be a wellness resort this is what I was keen on promoting, healthy living,” Ryan added.
Kolinisau encourages Fijians to remember hard work and sacrifice
Vodafone Fijian 7s captain Osea Kolinisau reminded all Fijians last night to remember the hard work the nation have all been through last year building up to the Rio Olympic games.
“I want to thank the Government for this and I don’t want people to look at the note and only remember the gold medal but the hard work that we went through together as a country,” Kolinisau said.