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Waqa gets top sports award

Waqa gets top sports award
Talemo Waqa
June 30
11:00 2018

Talemo Waqa, regional training manager for Oceania Rugby was awarded the prestigious Olympic Sports Federations of Oceania (OSFO) Merit Award for contributions to sport within Oceania at the recent OSFO General Assembly in Apia, Samoa.

Waqa was nominated by Oceania Rugby for an OSFO Merit Award for his contributions to rugby within the Oceania Region at a local, national and international level for the past 10 years. The last seven of those he was the Regional Training Manager (RTM) for World Rugby in the Oceania region.

Waqa received his award from OSFO President Kevin Gosper, (father of World Rugby CEO, Brett Gosper).

Prior to taking up the role of RTM, Waqa was involved in the High Performance department at Fiji Rugby Union for 3 years as the referees manager, National 7s and XVs team manager and High Performance manager throughout this time.

Waqa has also served as the rugby 7s technical delegate at previous Pacific Games and Mini Pacific Games.

Upon receiving the award, he said; “I would like to acknowledge and thank Oceania Rugby for nominating me for this award and also allowing me to continue to impact rugby and sport stakeholders through the Oceania Rugby and ONOC agreement.

“I wish to thank God, personal and rugby family and friends for being there in this journey and future ones as we impact lives and purpose to make a difference for our athletes and entourage. Thank you OSFO for this recognition”

In additional to his role with World Rugby and Oceania Rugby, Waqa is an OSEP mentor and has been involved with other Olympic sports within the region including volleyball, badminton, basketball and National Olympic Committees in an administration and training capacity.

This includes delivering Oceania Sport Education Program (OSEP) and Oceania National Olympic Committees (ONOC) courses on governance, strategic and operational planning, team management, coach

Talemo also has over 15 years’ experience as a coach and official in Athletics.

He has a high school teaching career of 25 years before turning his focus to training and education in sports.

–Oceania Rugby





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