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Aspire To Be The Best, Urges Fatiaki

Athletes with special needs have the potential to soar in any sport, says Rupeni Fatiaki. The Director for Social Welfare made the comment while speaking at the young athletes/family support
01 Dec 2017 11:00
Aspire To Be The Best, Urges Fatiaki
Director Social Welfare Rupeni Fatiaki (sitting- fourth from left) with officials and workshop participants in Nadi on November 30,2017. Photo: Arieta Vakasukawaqa

Athletes with special needs have the potential to soar in any sport, says Rupeni Fatiaki.

The Director for Social Welfare made the comment while speaking at the young athletes/family support district coordinator training workshop in Nadi yesterday.

He said sports could be an eye-opener because it grants athletes the opportunity to travel the world.

Apart from that, he said it kept people fit and healthy most importantly it gave the satisfaction that people were able to accomplish a goal.

To achieve goals, Fatiaki said one must have the support from people around them and the first institution that could do that was the family.

“I am a strong advocate for family because I believe this is the primary institution that gives the child the first impression of what life can be.

“The important role of the family can never be underestimated because it is the place where life values, morals and ethics are inculcated,” he added.

Fatiaki reminded children with special needs that they their situation shouldn’t deter them from reaching their goals.

“Research has shown that children that grow up in a loving and supportive environment tend to do well in life compared to those that grew up in negative and neglected backgrounds,” he said.

Fatiaki further encouraged children and youths with special needs to soar for greatness.
Edited by Grace Narayan

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