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Fix Discipline In Club and Provincial Level Says Fiji 7s Legend Tomasi Cama

The former national sevens rep/coach tells how the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team get it right and Gareth Baber training programme working wonders building up to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
25 Jun 2019 18:12
Fix Discipline In Club and Provincial Level Says Fiji 7s Legend Tomasi Cama
Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team discipline/culture coach Tomasi Cama Senior

Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team discipline/culture coach Tomasi Cama Senior said local clubs and provincial unions need to discipline their own players before they join the national teams.

The former national sevens rep/coach revealed how the team won the series and improvements that need to be made if we are to defend the gold medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Cama joined the team during the Hong Kong Sevens in April after the lacklustre performance at the Las Vegas-Vancouver leg of the World Sevens Series.

“Discipline is one area that should be fixed at club and provincial union levels,”Cama Snr said.

“This is something that takes up a lot of our time when players come into the national team.

Cama Snr said the Fiji Airways Fijian 7s team will need to remain consistent on their discipline and always put God first in everything they do in order to defend the 2019-20 World Sevens Series and gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

SPIRITUAL  PREPARATION

The former national 7s rep/coach said the team improved on their discipline during the 2018/2019 series.

He said engaging sports with the vanua and spiritual preparation got the team in the right direction.

“This year we achieved our aim of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and winning the series.

“And one of the reason of our success is the programme that coach Gareth Baber planned and wanted them to follow.

“I’m impressed with how the players responded to the programme.

“It’s a very good programme which will take the boys to Japan next year.

“We saw a lot of changes to the boys in terms of conditioning compared to other tournaments.

“Our Strength and Conditioning coach Naca Cawanibuka monitored the players eat the right food and our physiotherapist William Kwoong made sure the players are in their best possible shape and ready for battle.

“I heard negative stories of their discipline at the Vancouver-Las Vegas leg so what I wanted to establish a good relationship between players, officials,  vanua, church and how they  conduct themselves in the community.

“I went into camp and told players they will need to engage all these key components in their preparation which they did.”

Edited by Osea Bola

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