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Our Women Can: Ryan

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan is optimistic the Telecom Fijiana women’s team will win the first medal for Fiji at the Rio Olympics next month. Ryan said one of
12 Jul 2016 09:51
Our Women Can: Ryan
From left: Fijiana player Brittany Coates, Ben Ryan, Pramesh Sharma diretor of William Gosling, Dave Aidney Managing diretor, Osea Kolinisau, Ropate Kauvesi and Litia Naiqatp with the cheque presentation yesterday. Photo:PAULINI RATULAILAI.

Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Ben Ryan is optimistic the Telecom Fijiana women’s team will win the first medal for Fiji at the Rio Olympics next month.

Ryan said one of his aims since taking up the coaching role three years ago was to raise the awareness, standard and profile of women’s sports in the country. And he hopes the Fijiana win a first ever medal for Fiji in Rio.

“It’s all about the men on what they have done and what they have achieved,”Ryan said.

“Everyone talks about the first medal that’s going to be won by a Fijian or Fijian team in the Olympic Games.

“But the girls will finish playing by the time the boys walk onto the field. Our big hope is that the spotlight is whipped away from the men’s team as our women win our first medal,” he said.

As for the men, Ryan said having a few days left until the big announcement on Saturday, it will be difficult but has guaranteed the team named will be the best.

“On Friday or Saturday they are going to find out whether they are in the final team,”Ryan said.

“They have dedicated a huge amount of their last few months or last few years trying to get into the team and try to be the first team to represent Fiji in the Olympics to get a medal.

 “I’m very lucky to have these guys part of our training session for another week.

“It’s going to be a very awkward conversation in the next few days where we will unfortunately break some hearts and make some hearts,” he said.

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