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Fijian Art Made It To FIFA World Cup

A Year Eight student of DAV Primary School in Ba, Alipate Tiko, was awarded for his artwork, the Pasifi-Ika, in a regional competition. His artwork will now become the first
01 Oct 2014 11:54
Fijian Art Made It To FIFA World Cup
Staff and guests at the Fiji Marriott Resort Momi Bay during the Christmas tree lighting event. Photo: Waisea Nasokia

A Year Eight student of DAV Primary School in Ba, Alipate Tiko, was awarded for his artwork, the Pasifi-Ika, in a regional competition.

His artwork will now become the first mascot for the Oceania Football Confederation, which made its debut at the FIFA World Cup in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

The competition was launched through The Oceania Football Confederation, Just Play programme, in conjunction with UNICEF Pacific and the Australian Sports Commission.

Young Tiko’s work was shortlisted and two designs were selected from each country and forwarded to the OFC headquarters in Auckland, New Zealand. There, OFC, UNICEF Pacific and the Australian Sports Commission selected the top three designs and the winning entry.

Pasifi-Ika was an ideal selection because it was described by young Tiko as being a “representation of the Pacific’srich ocean and its ecosystem”.

He further described Pasifi-Ika as a reflection of “how Pacific countries treasure their marine life and mineral resources”.

After 48 years of existence, The Oceania Football Confederation unveiled their first mascot, The Pasifi-Ika.

The meaning depicted behind the Pasifi-Ika was described by young Tiko: “The top part of the dolphin is coloured blue, yellow and green which represent the OFC logo.

“The light blue in the middle represents our lovely Pacific Ocean, and the golden colour represents the vast amount of mineral resources that boosts the Pacific economy.

The brown colour represents the Melanesian group and the tapa print represents the Polynesian group. This makes our Pacific islands unique and rich in cultural diversity.”

Young Tiko’s brilliant artwork managed to secure a desktop computer for the Year Eight students of DAV Primary School. This was presented by the UNICEF Pacific representative, Dr. Karen Allen, last Friday.

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