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Keeping Our Winning Habit

  Allowing players to play to their full potential is Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s way to keep the consistency of the team on the world stage. With big
05 Nov 2016 12:33
Keeping Our Winning Habit
Gareth Baber

 

Allowing players to play to their full potential is Vodafone Fijian 7s coach Gareth Baber’s way to keep the consistency of the team on the world stage.

With big shoes to fill since Ben Ryan resigned as the head coach this year, Baber will not only be carrying a team but the whole nation who will expect nothing less than a win in the World Sevens Series.

“In my opinion, a big part of the ability to create consistency in performance is firstly for myself to work with the players to understand how they operate,” Baber said.

“Secondly, I want to encourage the players to generate this awareness in themselves and for this, my job will be to create an environment around them to enable them to play to their potential.”

Baber said he wants to find out what makes the Fijians standout on the international arena and what makes them dominate the sport as he intends to pick up where Ryan left off.

“Probably one of the first things I will need to address is to ensure that the habit of winning continues, this is a team that has proven that time and time again,” he said.

“What I need to know is why that happens and then plan around how we can ensure it continues and if we do meet obstacles, how we as a team will negotiate these.

“Ultimately, I will have to get to know the players individually as well as the team culture.

“Having been both a 7s and 15s coach for nearly a decade I felt that the challenge of coaching the reigning Olympic and World Sevens Series champions would be a fantastic opportunity to test all that I have learned as a player and coach.”

Thinking back to when he initially applied for the coaching position, Baber said he was lost for words when he got the call of being offered the job.

“Having gone through the interview process I was obviously aware that I was in with a chance,” Baber said.

“I was confident of all my answers and felt I was honest in my responses to some probing questions.

“When I was given the telephone call to offer me the position, I still could not quite believe it and it was only when I told my family that it finally sunk in.” He will join the team in January next year.

Edited by Osea Bola

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