New Year,  New Targets, New Coaches

After a good and a remarkable sporting year that was, the newness of 2017 is really upon us. It’s that first month of the year where we look back, evaluate
01 Jan 2017 11:00
New Year,   New Targets, New Coaches
Sports Digest

After a good and a remarkable sporting year that was, the newness of 2017 is really upon us.

It’s that first month of the year where we look back, evaluate and reset our targets for the future.

That’s one thing the New Year always offer: a look back across the sports fields into the past before we move onward into the future.

It’s that time where we ponder what we could have achieved or done better in 2016.

Sportspeople could ask why they missed the cut to make the national team, missing by seconds to win blue ribbon event at the Coca-Cola Games or failing to score the winning goal in the final of the Battle of the Giants.

Evaluating our performance is the best way forward.

Learning to eat a balanced diet, sleep right and recover in time for the next game is what decides a win and loss in the end.

Doing well in sports is more complex now that winning gold in the end takes a lot of input, sports science and research. There’s more involved in making a winning team than just speed, strength and flair.

And it’s for that we should applaud and appreciate what we have achieved in 2016 as a proud sporting nation.

Despite the hardships brought about Tropical Cyclone Winston in February, we still managed to conquer the world in August.

With the help of former coach Ben Ryan, our Island Boys became gold medallists at the Rio Olympics.

We could not have asked for a better platform to launch the New Year than our success in Rio.

But this could not have been possible without the continued assistance of the Government, through the Fijian National Sports Commission, in providing funding for offshore experts.

The input made by our overseas coaches continues to make a telling impact. Ryan has left behind an indelible mark in the sporting history of our country.

His replacement Gareth Baber arrives into the country on Tuesday to spearhead our campaign for the New Year.

 “The players will be in camp and I will be happy to catch up,” Baber said.

The 7s team will march into camp on Tuesday in preparation for the next round of series in Wellington, New Zealand, from January 28 to 29, and the Sydney 7s in Australia from February 4 to 5. Fiji is pooled alongside South Africa, Australia and Japan in Pool B in Wellington.

We are currently third on the World Seven Series and the Wellington-Sydney leg is crucial if we are to defend the title for the third year in a row.

Netball Fiji head coach Vicki Wilson is turning the sport around since her appointment last year.

While international test would be finalised later, her first task would be the Pacific Netball Series, which we will host from January 11 and the World Youth Championship in Gaborone, Botswana, in July.

The appointment of former Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) assistant coach, Christophe Gamel, to coach the Fijian national soccer team is good news.

Fiji Football Association president Rajesh Patel and his team had done a lot during their tenure culminating with the Fijian national Under-23 team taking part for the first time at the Rio Olympics in August.

It is important that we improve our soccer ranking in 2017 and starting off the year with a new coach is a good beginning for better things to come.

Happy New Year everyone.

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