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Suva Group Plans To Revive Cycling

A youth group in Vatuwaqa, Suva, has initi­ated drives to revive the healthy activity of cycling. Assisted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other cycling enthusiasts the group
21 Dec 2018 11:00
Suva Group Plans To Revive Cycling
Group members with supporters and friend at their yard in Nokonoko. Standing third from left: Ruth Rosas of the American Peace Corp. Photo: Ministry of Youth and Sport.

A youth group in Vatuwaqa, Suva, has initi­ated drives to revive the healthy activity of cycling.

Assisted by the Ministry of Youth and Sports and other cycling enthusiasts the group officially launched its bicycle repair and service centre at Nokonoko Road in Laucala Beach earlier this week.

Known as the Burning Rock Tri Cycling Club, the group, which is made up of youths from the Nanuku areas, have also started the sales of refur­bished bicycles brought in from the United States of America.

Ministry of Youth and Sports, senior co-ordinator Aseri Tabuawaiwai said the group registered them­selves under the youth development category with plans to develop the sport to another level.

“Cycling in general is a rare sight nowadays in our country and the initiative by the Burning Rock Tri Cycling Club is welcomed by the ministry because it is a rather fun form of physical exercise,” Mr Tabuawaiwai said.

“The group with its five years strategic plan will surely enhance cycling in the country and the main agenda is to popularise the sport once again and en­able participation in local and regional meets.

“There are benefits of cycling like increased car­diovascular fitness, increased muscle strength and flexibility, improved joint mobility and decreased stress levels.

“We should seriously consider taking up cycling to improve our physical well-being.”

Mr Tabuawaiwai said the ministry assisted youth through funding of the shipping of the container of bicycles and provided advice and moral support for the youth group.

Group leader and bicycle mechanic Eroni Takape said they had been working on the project for two and a half years and were glad that it was opera­tional with the help of friends.

“We finally got everything into perspective in Feb­ruary of this year and I especially would like to ac­knowledge the generous assistance of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Ruth Rosas of the American Peace Corps, Umendra Kumar of Fortech Construc­tion for providing us the space here at Nokonoko and the group members for their support and per­severance,” he said.

Source: Ministry of Youth and Sport

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