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Train Like Champions: Taumoepeau

Coach Napoleon Taumoepeau reminds his boxers to train like champions if they want to make a mark at the 2018 Com­monwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on April 4-15. As
28 Jan 2018 11:07
Train Like Champions: Taumoepeau
From left Winston Hill and coach Napoleon Taumoepeau. Photo: PeninaJoy Photography

Coach Napoleon Taumoepeau reminds his boxers to train like champions if they want to make a mark at the 2018 Com­monwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia on April 4-15.

As of now 2016 Rio Olympics rep Winston Hill and Jone Koroilagila­gi are in the travelling team while Josefa Ravudi who lost on split points at the Pacific Mini Games in Vanuatu last month is on the re­serve list.

Taumoepeau expects his boxers to believe in themselves and sacri­fice for King and country.

“My expectations are high for any boxer. If you do not want to be the best in the world you don’t de­served to be involved, it’s as simple as that,”he said.

“I expect boxers to train like they want to be the champions of the world.

“This sport requires a great deal of sacrifice and if you do not want to take it all the way to the top, it’s not worth the sacrifice.

“I attend every training session and give my all as a coach and I ex­pect the same from the boxers.

“It is the only way we will make it. We are a small nation, boxing is not very active here but you see what we have done with Hill. Even though amateur boxing is not up to international standards, we can still make it.

“What I expect from boxers wish­ing to represent Fiji is hard work, dedication and no excuses,” Tau­moepeau added.

The boxers will be heading to Aus­tralia next month to prepare.

Taumoepeau said mental prepa­ration was paramount.

“The boys need to be mentally focused and follow the game plan. One or two punches could be cost­ly.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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