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‘Team Up’ Fiji Benefits All: Konrote

“In sports it’s not only about the technical knowledge that is primary concern but the holistic human development of every sports person whether it be an athlete, official, administrator or a fan of a particular sport.
05 Mar 2021 15:32
‘Team Up’ Fiji Benefits All: Konrote
Representatives of all the sporting recipients with the Minister of Youth and Sports Parveen Kumar (back, middle) and Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner Paul Wilson at Albert Park, Suva, on March 4, 2021 . Photo: Simione Haravanua

The Australian Government’s assistance through this two-year programme will boost the development of all minor sports in the country, says Cricket Fiji chief executive officer, Alex Konrote.

He shared his views during the launch of Australia’s new sport for development programme, ‘Team Up’ in Fiji at Albert Park in Suva, yesterday.

The Fijian ‘Team Up’ programmes include:

  • Basketball for Good (FIBA in Oceania partnering with Basketball Fiji): using the power of basketball to initiate positive change in society.
  • Cricket for Good (ChildFund Australia partnering with Cricket Fiji): An integrated cricket and like skills programme that equips children and young people to overcome challenges and promote gender equality and the elimination of violence in their communities.
  • Just Play Plus (Oceania Football Confederation partnering with Fiji Football Association and Football Australia): Helping children to grow and learn life lessons through football.
  • League for Life (NRL partnering with Fiji National Rugby League): Using the power of rugby league to engage and develop Fijian communities to improve gender equality, social cohesion, health, and participation opportunities for people with disabilities.
  • Get into Rugby Plus (Rugby Australia partnering with ChildFund Australia, Fiji Rugby Union, Oceania Rugby, and UN Women): Embedding life skills learning with rugby union to promote positive behaviour, gender equality, and prevent violence.
  • Smash Down Barriers (ITTF-Oceania partnering with Fiji Table Tennis Association): Using table tennis as a tool to improve the lives of people with disabilities by increasing participation opportunities and improving attitudes towards disability.

Speaking to SUNports Konrote said this programme will boost Cricket Fiji’s development efforts.

“We can’t wait to get out there and implement this programme,” he said.

“Our programme is based normally around gender equality and violence against women through sports.

“We are working in the communities when we take out our training programme, we will also be teaching life skills and responsibilities for the youths.”

Konrote said they are trying to push women cricket to a higher level.

“We’re also very supportive of women in sports, we’re grateful to be part of this programme,” he said.

“Throughout the programme there is a budget for the equipment, and it’s based around the community projects.

“They have been incredibly supportive in the past couple of decades in Fiji especially in minority sports.

“Australia is a country that we look up to in terms of cricket we are very fortunate to be part of this programme.”

Minister for Youth and Sports, Parveen Kumar said, the programme will play a big role in the livelihoods of all Fijians.

“This programme will not only benefit the sporting community, but it has a big impact on the livelihoods of each Fijians,” he said.

“In sports it’s not only about the technical knowledge that is primary concern but the holistic human development of every sports person whether it be an athlete, official, administrator or a fan of a particular sport.

“I want to thank the Australian government for its endless support and we hope to see that continue to strengthen our Vuvale Partnership.”

Australia’s Deputy High Commissioner, Paul Wilson, said: “Sport is such a power tool in helping all people, regardless of their gender, ability or background, to reach their full potential.

“That’s what Team Up is all about.

“Here in Fiji, it’s also about strengthening sporting links between Fiji and Australia under the Vuvale Partnership.”

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