Age is Nothing But a Number

 

Wednesday 26th May, 2015

A will to succeed and become the best goalie in the hockey in Fiji has pushed Ben Lutua back into the Fiji Squad for the 2015 Pacific Games to be held in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

Ben who hails from Seaqaqa in Vanua Levu is the oldest player in the team at the age of 30 yet he continues to push himself to better then his much younger team mates.

“For a while I was a part of the Fiji squad prior to 2008, which was the year I was at my lowest,” he said.

“I was dropped from the Fiji team because I did not reach the required fitness level and this was when my confidence as a player was low.

“However,  me not being chosen for Team Fiji then made me want to work harder as an athlete and individual so I continued to train and push myself until I would be noticed again.”

Ben said it was a huge task for him to get back into contention especially with younger players consistently putting their hands up for selection.

“But I never gave up hope and continued to train while also juggling work commitments, which has not been easy.

“But I’m grateful to the manager for believing in me and the coach Shaun Corrie for pushing me every time I come for training,” he said.

Ben said age was nothing especially if someone had the will to compete and wanted to be the best in any sport.

“Right now the aim is to play well and hopefully we can win gold, but we will take every game as it comes.”

Ben is best known for his brilliant goalkeeping skills as he saved two New Zealand Maori penalty strokes after sudden death to put the national team through to the Oceania Pacific Cup Hockey in 2009.

Meanwhile a new format will be used at the Pacific Games in hockey competition this July in PNG.

The new five a side format comes into play from the previous 11 a side team based competition.

And with this news the Fiji Hockey Association are keeping their fingers crossed to have a successful campaign at the games.

 

The last time the Fiji Men’s hockey team won gold was back in 1979 at the Vieuto Grounds in Suva.A will to succeed and become the best goalie in the hockey in Fiji has pushed Ben Lutua back into the Fiji Squad for the 2015 Pacific Games to be held in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea.

Ben who hails from Seaqaqa in Vanua Levu is the oldest player in the team at the age of 30 yet he continues to push himself to better then his much younger team mates.

“For a while I was a part of the Fiji squad prior to 2008, which was the year I was at my lowest,” he said.

“I was dropped from the Fiji team because I did not reach the required fitness level and this was when my confidence as a player was low.

“However,  me not being chosen for Team Fiji then made me want to work harder as an athlete and individual so I continued to train and push myself until I would be noticed again.”

Ben said it was a huge task for him to get back into contention especially with younger players consistently putting their hands up for selection.

“But I never gave up hope and continued to train while also juggling work commitments, which has not been easy.

“But I’m grateful to the manager for believing in me and the coach Shaun Corrie for pushing me every time I come for training,” he said.

Ben said age was nothing especially if someone had the will to compete and wanted to be the best in any sport.

“Right now the aim is to play well and hopefully we can win gold, but we will take every game as it comes.”

Ben is best known for his brilliant goalkeeping skills as he saved two New Zealand Maori penalty strokes after sudden death to put the national team through to the Oceania Pacific Cup Hockey in 2009.

Meanwhile a new format will be used at the Pacific Games in hockey competition this July in PNG.

The new five a side format comes into play from the previous 11 a side team based competition.

And with this news the Fiji Hockey Association are keeping their fingers crossed to have a successful campaign at the games.

The last time the Fiji Men’s hockey team won gold was back in 1979 at the Vieuto Grounds in Suva.




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