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Good 2018 For AFL Fiji

It has been a successful year for Australian Football League Fiji in promoting the sport. AFL Fiji development coordinator South Pacific Simon Highfield was pleased with the achievements and progress
28 Dec 2018 11:12
Good 2018 For AFL Fiji
The Fiji Tribe mens tribe side performing the ‘cibi’ during the 2018 Powerade Cup . Photo: AFL Fiji

It has been a successful year for Australian Football League Fiji in promoting the sport.

AFL Fiji development coordinator South Pacific Simon Highfield was pleased with the achievements and progress made in 2018.

“AFL Fiji had a hugely successful year, both on and off the field,” Highfield said.

“Some of the highlights included expanding the senior Powerade Cup competition in Suva to a much larger and more competitive competition.

“Our development officers saw the involvement 23,000 people in school and community programmes.

“It is safe to say that AFL Fiji is growing.”

Highfield also acknowledged the performance and effort put in by national Under-15 men’s Tribe side.

“The Tribe also won the Oceania Cup 2018 proving our talented athletes are the best in the region, and will only continue to get better,” Highfield added

“However, the national men’s Tribe and women’s Vonu side will continue preparations ahead of the 2020 International Cup as both national sides compete every year on the world stage and Fiji will look to make a push again in 2020.”

The Fiji Tribe under 15 mens tribe side celebrating after winning the 2018 Oceania Cup Championship.  Photo: AFL Fiji

The Fiji Tribe under 15 mens tribe side celebrating after winning the 2018 Oceania Cup Championship. Photo: AFL Fiji

Challenges

“AFL Fiji, in a competitive sporting environment, faces many challenges as a developing sport.

“Nevertheless, 2018 has been extremely beneficial for its governance, structures, and staff development and with limited funding, support and volunteers, AFL Fiji continually punches above its weight on what it is able to achieve,” Highfield said.

“We have been able to secure extremely good people, led by the excellent Matelita Tuilevuka, and have been able to elect a new, invigorated board that can achieve massive things in 2019.

 

Plan for 2019

“Ultimately, we would love to see AFL Fiji stabilize again in 2019, and continue delivering good programmes with our participants.

“A key achievement we have seen grow in the last few years is the improvement of our talent across all ages of males and females. 2019 should bring more good programmes, and we hope to help more Fijians access not only AFL Fiji programs, but the ability to participate in organised sport and learn the importance of exercise and health and wellbeing.”    Edited by Osea Bola

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