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PM Commends Athletics Fiji

For their lead role in  development of sports in Fiji   Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has acknowledged the innovation and lead role  of Athletics Fiji played in the development of
03 May 2016 11:37
PM Commends Athletics Fiji
Athletics Fiji High Performance Chair Makelesi Batimala and Eugene Vollmer at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday. Photo: JUSTINE MANNAN

For their lead role in  development of sports in Fiji

 

Prime Minister Voreqe Bainimarama has acknowledged the innovation and lead role  of Athletics Fiji played in the development of sports in Fiji.

Bainimarama made this acknowledgement while launching the Athletics Fiji’s database at the Grand Pacific Hotel yesterday.

The database, which was co-created by former national athletics reps Makelesi Batimala and Eugene Vollmer, includes details of over 4000 athletes dating back to the first South Pacific Games in Suva in 1963.

“When Athletics Fiji president Joe Rodan Senior told me about this some time ago I was very excited about what is going to come out of this database,” Bainimarama said.

“I’ve talked about the importance of sport in Fiji and the role it plays in strengthening the bond between our people in preparing our youth for the challenges of tomorrow and how it occupies a unique and influential role in our society.”

He said while supporting our athletes was a source of joy and inspiration, participating in sports could be even more rewarding.

“Now we know a vast majority of us won’t become professional athletes but that does not mean that athletics can’t have relevance in our lives.

“Athletics Fiji has consistently shared our vision and their initiatives have complemented Government efforts to make sports in Fiji a safe, inclusive and enjoyable as possible,” Bainimarama said.

“The database will create a structure that we can use to measure the performance of our athletes and it will not only help identify top talents, it will put athletics on par with all the developed nations.”

The database was a culmination of ideas, feedbacks and suggestions from administrators, coaches and some athletes.

It includes records of athletes,  the event they took part in, the date and name of the meet they participated in, along with a coach’s database which has every coach’s information from their areas of expertise to their level of coaching.

Athletics Fiji’s high performance official Makelesi Batimala said with the help of Vollmer’s knowledge and experience in applied mathematics, they were able to compile the database which would not only benefit Athletics Fiji but National Federations in preparing for future athletic meets.

“I asked Eugene, knowing his background, if he could put something together to present to Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee and to use Athletics Fiji as a pilot project.

“We started off in October last year and started building from there and collecting data on athletes who have been competing since the start Pacific Games in 1963.”

The database will be presented to the Fiji Association of Sports and National Olympic Committee (FASANOC) board next week.

Edited by Osea Bola

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