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Whiteside Tells Of Badminton’s Plans

Fiji Badminton will use the upcoming Oceania Championship and Fiji Games as a platform to prepare the players for July’s Pacific Games. Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fiji Badminton president Barry
11 Jan 2019 10:33
Whiteside Tells Of Badminton’s Plans
Junior badminton players during last year’s competition at the Yat Sen Secondary School hall in Suva. Photo: Fiji Badminton

Fiji Badminton will use the upcoming Oceania Championship and Fiji Games as a platform to prepare the players for July’s Pacific Games.

Speaking to SUNsports yesterday, Fiji Badminton president Barry Whiteside said preparations are on track as the extended squad march into camp to pre­pare for next month’s Oceania Championship in Mel­bourne, Australia.

“We’ve selected a squad where the list has been sent to FASANOC and the selection was made straight after the first trial was conducted a couple of months ago,” Whiteside said.

“At the moment we’re preparing a squad to go to Mel­bourne next month. We’ll be taking eight senior play­ers and eight junior players with equal number of male and female participants.

“That will be a high level competition. We haven’t named our team to the Pacific Games yet but the mem­bers participating at the Oceania Championship and the Fiji Games will be doing their best to qualify.

“Also from this weekend there is training camp being organised in Deuba where national coach, Brent Mon­day will be with the squad. He is conducting a 10-day intensive training.

“In addition to that, there will be mental and physical preparation of individual players.

“We have medal prospects in the team especially for the female athletes who are gold medal contenders. And also the challenge is there for the men’s team who need to come forward to win medals for themselves as well.

“We’re aware of our competitors in the Pacific region which are New Caledonia and Tahiti at the moment but nevertheless our men are determined to prove them­selves.”

Whiteside said funding is their greatest challenge but they are fortunate to have the backing of the Fiji Na­tional Sports Commission (FNSC).

“FNSC has been supportive towards us especially with funding of our preparations and the services of a new coach. FASANOC has assisted us as well and we’re grateful for that,” he said.

“We’ve doing our fundraising to cater for the Pacific Games levies. Also we have some sponsors that have come onboard to help us in providing the team uni­forms and sporting gears.”

Edited by Leone Cabenatabua

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