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EDITORIAL: House In Order After Major Shift For Athletics

Shop N Save Supermarket Athletics Fiji has made a remarkable turnaround since a new team, led by Joseph Rodan Senior, took office in June 7, 2014. And much of the
22 Mar 2015 10:19
EDITORIAL: House In Order After Major Shift For Athletics

Shop N Save Supermarket Athletics Fiji has made a remarkable turnaround since a new team, led by Joseph Rodan Senior, took office in June 7, 2014.

And much of the progress and success can be attributed to the strengthening corporate support base, effective public relations initiatives, redefining and the restructuring of the sport.

After the internal bickering which tarnished the image of the sport, Athletics Fiji held its first annual general meeting under the new constitution which was fully endorsed by the world athletics body, IAAF, yesterday.

And they have set an ideal target to be the champion of Oceania in 2019 Pacific Games.

Given the events of last year that took the sport backwards, very few at the time would have had the confidence in athletics to make a fast turnaround.

The notable achievements in the past nine months are:

– Executing and putting into motion our 5-year-strategic plan;

– Securing and setting-up own Athletics Fiji office at the Vodafone Arena that’s within the proximity of the tracks and sporting facilities;

– Successfully securing funds to carry out the ASOP programme for teachers and facilitators from schools that teach students living with disability;

– Execution of Level 1 Coaching Course for 22 participants from around Fiji;

– Successfully applying, followed up by lobbying and getting three (3) athletes on the IOC scholarship support programme;

– Successful nomination of Jone Delai being inducted into Fiji Sports Hall of Fame;

– Securing a major sponsorship to the tune of $65K from Shop N Save Supermarkets, along with many other smaller sponsorships from Golden manufacturers ($6K), Quality Print ($4.5K), BSP ($5K), Bondwell in kind ($4K), Creative Design Company/ ICRAVE in kind ($7K), Donation of MYOB Account Programme in kind valued at $7K, and fundraising Initiatives ($6K) for a total estimated organic revenue of $104.5K;

n Securing funds from Australian Sports Commission to the value of $300k which Athletics Fiji are in a position to receive having fulfilled the rigorous requirements to qualify for these;

n Securing over $13K in preparation funds from FASANOC for the Pacific Games through persistency, even though the initial allocated budget for athletics was only $5K each;

– Continued engagement and relationship building with key external stakeholders such as FASANOC, Fiji National Sports Commission, Government, Oceania Athletics Association, ONOC, and members of the business community that has increased the awareness, and popularity of Athletics Fiji in the process;

– Setting in place a finance governance and Control Policy that is now in effect, that promotes transparent financial practices;

– Successfully completing the audited accounts for 2013 and 2014;

– Successful implementation of MYOB (Accounting Software programme) for processing, recording and reconciling all our income and expenses and running reports;

– Successfully complying with Fiji National Sports Commission requirements to qualify for funding support;

– Proposing and winning the 2016 hosting rights for the Melanesian Games in July 2016;

– Successfully working with other federations and OAA in securing overseas funded competition for our PNG Squad members where we have around 22 of our elite and potential athletes that will benefit from these.

– Completed and accepted new draft constitution by the IAAF and Oceania Athletics Association;

With some athletes currently competing at the New Caledonia International Meet, the sport is in good hands. The new officials are committed to take athletics to a new level.

Fiji has not won the Pacific Games since the inaugural event in Suva in 1963. Perhaps other sports can take cue from the proper planning and strategy by Athletics Fiji. We can only conquer the region and the world if we do it right at home.

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