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EDITORIAL: Athletics Fiji Leading The Way In 2015 Team Fiji’s Campaign

Shop N Save Athletics Fiji’s campaign to reclaim dominance on track and field at the 2015 Pacific Games in July continues to gather support. And the corporate sector is now
15 Mar 2015 09:02
EDITORIAL: Athletics Fiji Leading The Way In  2015 Team Fiji’s Campaign
From left: Nisheel Deo of Shop N Save, Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama, Shop N Save director Abhishek Abhimannu, with Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan sealing the deal in Suva last month. Photo: Rama

Shop N Save Athletics Fiji’s campaign to reclaim dominance on track and field at the 2015 Pacific Games in July continues to gather support.

And the corporate sector is now starting to see the value that Athletics Fiji brings to the table especially in the Pacific Games year and the Melanesian Games of 2016.

For Team Fiji to do well in Port Moresby, it’s only ideal and proper that Athletics Fiji gets the support is deserves since their athletes will be contesting most of the medals up for grabs in Port Moresby.

With total faith in the new Fiji under the Bainimarama Government, Shop N Save Supermarket led the way with a massive  $65,000 support, for a minor sport, in February.

Quality Print last Friday contributed $4500 which would be directed towards in the paying of their levy and achieving their budget of $54,000 to send 36 best athletes to the Games.

With fresh minds and manpower the driving force at Athletics Fiji headquarters, the set-up is in place to reap the maximum at the Games.

“The onus is upon us all to drive hard, prepare well, and ensure we are at our best ready to shock the region and make a statement,” Athletics Fiji chief development officer Joe Rodan (Junior) said.

“To be the best you need to beat the best. This will show all our sponsors and supporters why they shouldn’t regret in investing in athletics, the sport which will determine whether Fiji do well or not in the final medal count at the regional meet.”

Apart from athletes on scholarships in USA and Australia, Athletics Fiji will be sending top local athletes to the International Meet in Noumea to prepare for the Games.

The athletes area  Heleina Young,  Elenoa Sailosi, Francis Kirikirikula,  Albert Miller Jnr,  Aaron Powell, Alisha Dickinson,  Anasa Kaito,     Inia Sili, Milika Tuivanuavou, Makalesi Tumalevu, Pita Tamani, Mustafa Fall, Epeli Asasea.

Rodan said they have more fundraising to do although they’ve already paid their levy of $25,000.

“So the plan moving forward to knock off the balance and meet the $54k is as such $25k (paid up already) + $4.5k (Quality Print) + $5k (BSP) + $12k (coaches/managers combined fundraising effort) + $7.5K (AF or sponsor) = $54k.”

Rodan said in one gunu sede or raffle they can collect $300 but they need to work extra hard.

‘Operation Gold Rush’ is in full swing and the results are very encouraging from both men and women judging from the two trials.

And they still have three months to fine-tune the athletes. It‘s more than enough time to build a good squad.

Athletics Fiji has plans in place to get the team in the right financial position before the four-yearly event begins.

“The cause is a great one that involves a lot of talented and future young stars of Fiji’s reaching sporting prowess.

“Let’s all pull our efforts together and work hard to get our team into the right financial position to ensure we are all on right track.”

Athletics Fiji is leading the way through a collective effort by the team. It should not surprise if athletes  reap maximum results at the Sir John Guise Stadium in Waigani in July.

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