Enjoy Each Day Says Former Flying Fijian

SUVA 6 July. Former Flying Fijians Captain Seremaia Bai urged participants at the NCDP Complex attending FASANOC Women in Sport Commission’s “Sports and Working with Carers and Persons with Disabilities Workshop" to enjoy each day.

Seremaia who was invited by FASANOC's Women in Sports Commission as a speaker informed participants that it was important to be thankful for the breath of life and to enjoy each day.

"It is easy to be down, to have self pity and to feel sorry for one's self," he said.

"But it is also important to remember to enjoy life no matter what your circumstances are."

The former player spoke on his experiences from being raised by a single parent to being a successful rugby player.

He also said while people often like to praise his accomplishments, they also needed to know his story.

"Sometimes life can be hard and you will get low self confidence and you will be used to hearing negative words especially as a young person.

"But life is all about choices and you have that choice whether you want to live fully or just stay where you are," Seremaia said.

Fiji Paralympic Committee Executive Director,JoshkoWakaniyasi, also addressed the workshop and promoted sport as the first step in reversing the effects of Non-Communicable Diseases.

Joshko also said that he believed that persons with disabilities have a higher prospect as medal potentials compared to able bodied athletes.

"Since the time when the Commonwealth Games was known as the Empire Games, athletes with disabilities have won quite a handful of gold, silver and bronze medals and yet they have hardly been visible or recognised for their achievements," he said.

He said the challenge for participants was to learn from the workshop which could be a pathway for exposure into sports.

"Don't let what you learned stop here but continue what you learnt at your homes and in your communities."

FASANOC's Women in Sports Commission had invited members of the Fiji Paralympic Committee, Fiji Disabled Peoples Federation and members of the public to participate in the workshop which is funded by the International Olympic Committee through its Olympic Solidarity Program on Gender Equality and Diversity.

The one-day workshop, targeted at carers, as well as persons with disabilities, is themed on Physical Activity & Sport and will cover understanding “impairment, disability and handicap,” in addition to an introduction to sport activities.

The workshop is being facilitated by FASANOC Women in Sport Commission Chairperson and former Team Fiji Tennis rep Hamidan Bibi and FASANOC Medical Commission Physiotherapist Sharlene Nand.  



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