SPORTS

Out With The Old: Yavala

The 1994 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame inductee Samuela Yavala has some strong advice for local athletics coaches. The former national men’s 100, 200 and 400 metres champion has stressed
07 Nov 2014 13:39
Out With The Old: Yavala

The 1994 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame inductee Samuela Yavala has some strong advice for local athletics coaches.

The former national men’s 100, 200 and 400 metres champion has stressed the need for coaches to do away with old methods and keep with the changing times.

“When I came to Fiji I realised that the sports participation was not at the same level with where I went to university in the USA so I decided to branch out,”Yavala said.

“Branching out, I assisted the first Rugby World Cup Sevens squad and the programme I developed helped them win the Melrose Cup in 1997 as well as the 2005/06 IRB 7s World Series.

“That’s what participating in sports has given me up until now. It really broadened my view and gave me the ability to see the problems going on in sports and I wanted to come and assist.

“Unfortunately most of the things that I brought along with me were too new because there was already a system that has already been laid down.

“That is why we had a conference in Studio Six. In that conference I challenged the athletes, particularly the coaches to get away from the old programme that you already have, it’s already gone. There is a new style of coaching coming through.

“I challenge them because I realised that two of my records in athletics stood for so long (10.8s in the 100 metres and 20.8s in the 200 metres) and if they had taken so long to be broken there’s something wrong with the training programme.

“Therefore it means that something has to be done. That is the reason why we always challenge people to get away from the old style or method of training and get into the new style. That’s roughly what I’ve gathered from my experience in sports in Fiji.”

Having earned his sports science degree from New Mexico University in the USA in 1976, Yavala was pleasantly surprised by his nomination for the 2014 Fiji Olympic Order which was announced early this week by Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympics Committee chief executive officer, Lorraine Mar.

“Those are the things I got but I didn’t realise that there were people who were watching and they inducted me. FASANOC has also given me the best athletes of the 1970s that has taken me all around the world and I really enjoyed it.

“I’m glad and looking back now sitting in this chair, FASANOC has given and allowed me the knowledge that I can share with everyone.”

Yavala also assisted Banuve Tabakaucoro in earning the fastest time at the 2012 Suva Zone Two athletics meet as well as Jone Delai when he went through to be included in the B-Section of the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta, USA.

Yavala made his debut for Fiji at the 1969 South Pacific Games at the age of 21 winning a gold and silver medal. He represented Fiji for the last time at the 1979 South Pacific Games in Suva where he won two gold medals, inducted into the Fiji Sports Hall of Fame in 1994.

The former Fiji National University lecturer will be honoured during the 2014 Fiji Sports Hall of Fame and Fiji Olympic Order dinner on November 21 at the Novotel Hotel Suva Lami Bay.

To qualify as a nominee for the Fiji Olympic Order, the individual must have excelled and contributed at the highest level of service in the development of sports for a minimum of 15 years.

Feedback: eroni.tuinaceva@fijisun.com.fj

 

Fijisun E-edition
Tanoa Plaza Hotel Suva
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
Fiji Sun Instagram
Fiji Plus
Subscribe-to-Newspaper
error: